Miss America, 1945: Bess Myerson and the Year That Changed Our Lives

Overview

The acclaimed biography and cultural history, back in print after 12 years. Based on two years of research and interviews with more than 100 witnesses of the period, the accomplished writer Susan Dworkin skillfully interweaves the absorbing first-person account of how Bess Myerson became the country's first (and still only) Jewish Miss America in the same year the war ended, with a fresh portrait of what life was like for women and Jews in the '30s and '40s. Her tale of one girl's coming of age in pre-feminist ...
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Overview

The acclaimed biography and cultural history, back in print after 12 years. Based on two years of research and interviews with more than 100 witnesses of the period, the accomplished writer Susan Dworkin skillfully interweaves the absorbing first-person account of how Bess Myerson became the country's first (and still only) Jewish Miss America in the same year the war ended, with a fresh portrait of what life was like for women and Jews in the '30s and '40s. Her tale of one girl's coming of age in pre-feminist America is "poignant and appealing . . . as much a cameo of an era as a work of biography."--ALA Booklist
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Editorial Reviews

Syracuse Jewish Observer
Warm, smart and funny!
The Providence Journal
Inspiring!
Library Journal
Though a portrait of Myerson, who still has the distinction of being the only Jewish Miss America, this book is also part social history, as it explores the importance of that event, especially in light of the Allied defeat of the Third Reich. In her rise to national recognition, Myerson faced sexism and anti-Semitism but overcame it all. The 1987 text is complemented by numerous monochrome photos. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
From The Critics
Ably narrated by Bess Myerson and Adam Grupper, Miss America 1945 is Susan Dworkin's engaging rendition of Bess Myerson's memoirs of her self as a naive Jewish girl from the Bronx, a scheming beauty pageant promoter, and rampant anti-Semitism within the context of a national post-war euphoria. What is particularly fascinating is Myerson's candid revelations of what it was like to be the first (and only) Jewish Miss America and her emergent political activism that resulted from her experiences with the beauty pageant. This abridged-by-the-author audiobook edition features flawless production values and has a running time of 5 hours, 10 minutes. Miss America 1945 is an ardently recommended addition to personal and library audiobook collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557043733
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Edition description: 2 ED
  • Pages: 240

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