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Entertaining America: Jews, Movies, and Broadcasting

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ISBN-10: 0691113025
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"A thought-provoking read."--Grace Glueck, New York Times

"Acculturation, driven irresistibly by the mass media, was inevitable in 20th century America. Entertaining America . . . is very good, and subtle, on this subject. It demonstrates that Jewishness was one of the givens of early movies and broadcasting--not exactly flaunted but not entirely avoided either."--Richard Schickel, Los Angeles Times

"A sumptuous read and a visual treat."--Library Journal

"What emerges from this book is a persuasively intelligent case that the relationship between Jews, the movies, and broadcasting goes well beyond entertaining America. Without simplifying any of these key terms, the authors have produced a work that should speak simultaneously to a general and specialized reader.... Keenly aware of their place within this century long debate, the authors have produced not just the latest but also the best installment yet. . . . [T]hey do a remarkable job of both synthesizing existing scholarship and breaking new ground."--Art Simon, Cineaste

"[A] meticulously researched and gorgeously illustrated volume. . . . It's a brilliantly written, superbly informative work."--Elaine Ives-Cameron, Jewish Chronicle


Entertaining America brings together in a single volume, as does no other existing work, not only a wide range of questions about the role of Jews in the American entertainment media but valuable new insights and perspectives on both familiar and little-known aspects of its central theme. It is itself entertaining as well as informative. Accessible, well written, always sound and often original in scholarship, it will reach a wide readership beyond those who attend the exhibition, and will certainly be useful in courses that explore the role of Jews in popular culture and entertainment.
(Robert Sklar, author of "A World History of Film" ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (March 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691113025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691113029
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,228,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought the book for my son. He was doing a research paper on the movies in the 1920's. A librarian recommended it to him. He loved it, and it was perfect!
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By Sheri Feldman on March 31, 2014
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very enjoyable filled with interesting trivia that I did not know got some real insights very easy enjoyable reading great
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