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Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre Paperback – December 6, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace; 1st edition (December 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481114182
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481114189
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,572,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ryan McMaken is an economist and writer living in Colorado where he has taught political science since 2004. He has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado and is an Associated Scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. His writings have been published in THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE magazine, THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW, the publications of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and at the popular libertarian web site LEWROCKWELL.COM.

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Ryan McMaken is an economist and writer living in Colorado where he has taught political science since 2004. He has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado and is an Associated Scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. His writings have been published in THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE magazine, THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW, the publications of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and at the popular libertarian web site LEWROCKWELL.COM.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alison O'Kelly on January 8, 2013
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Commie Cowboys makes a fascinating and well-founded case for the entire Western genre as a rather liberal socio-political commentary on American society. Anti-capitalism, secular, and pro-government wouldn't previously have been my descriptions of the classic cowboy movie, but now I see the examples are myriad. Throughout his book, Ryan McMaken cites examples of a borderline socialist-leaning theme in the films so well known in American cinema, in a style captivating to a lay reader. A very interesting read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Walgenbach on March 25, 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed Commie Cowboys. Point after point, the book was informative, interesting, and entertaining. McMaken's critical essay will make your memory of all the great westerns you grew up with more enjoyable.

The parallels he makes between the fictionalized west and the historical cold war period, stretching all the way to the Vietnman War and Watergate, will alert you to how westerns served as tales of origins in a post-WWII America.

Commie Cowboys articulates many themes that I missed when I was swept away by the orchestras, dramatic landscapes, and big-name performances. McMaken articulates the themes and pursues a subtle and compelling analysis that helps you re-examine and form a more discriminating knowledge of the classic westerns. The historical framework that he maps out makes watching westerns a lot more interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Derek on March 24, 2013
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Mr. McMaken's work is a must read for fans of the Western genre of film. While the heart of the book tackles the classic westerns of the 50s and 60s, it also peppers in enough information about recent entrants into the genre. He offers a thought-provoking deconstruction of many of the prominent films of the period, dismantling the false portrayals of life in the post Civil War American West, showing them to be more a product of the spirit of Cold War United States. He also offers counter examples that are not only more in line with circumstances in the Old West but also truer to the sensibilities and values of those living in the times portrayed on the screen.

This is an enjoyable and extremely readable book that only suffers from being too short. It would have been great to read more about the ideologies, lives, and motives of Hawkes, Ford, and Mann, the filmmakers who were giants of the genre and whose films populate the majority of McMaken's pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Danny E. Stroud on March 12, 2013
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Easy read and very fun for movie buffs. But who knew about this? A must read to understand the evolution of modern culture.
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