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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: SCARITH (August 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098440628X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984406289
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,613,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert A. Rosenstone, Professor of History at the California Institute of Technology, is a leading figure in the field devoted to studying the relationship between film and history. He has written two books on the topic, Visions of the Past: the Challenge of Film to Our Idea of History (Harvard, 1995), and History on Film / Film on History (Pearson, 2006), and has edited a breakthrough collection of essays, Revisioning History: Film and the Construction of a New Past (Princeton, 1995). Currently he is editing an anthology of original essays by scholars from around the world for a British publisher, to be titled The Blackwell Companion to Historical Film.

Rosenstone has participated in the production of several films, both dramatic features and documentaries. His award winning biography of John Reed was used in part as the basis for the Academy Award winning Reds, on which he worked as consultant. Other film involvements include his writing of the narration for a documentary on the Spanish Civil War entitled The Good Fight (1983), and time spent as consultant and / or Talking Head for several films, including Darrow; Tango of Slaves; Screening Histories: The Filmmaker Strikes Back; Rebels; and Emma Goldman: A Troublesome Presence.

Rosenstone's works of narrative history include Crusade of the Left: The Lincoln Battalion in the Spanish Civil War (Pegasus, 1969), Romantic Revolutionary: A Biography of John Reed (Knopf, 1975), and Mirror in the Shrine: American Encounters with Meiji Japan (Harvard, 1988). He has published two works of imaginative writing, a book of stories entitled, The Man Who Swam Into History (Texas, 2005), and a historical novel, King of Odessa (Northwestern, 2003). His second novel, Red Star, Crescent Moon, will be published in September, 2010.

Rosenstone is the Founding Editor of Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice, and in 1989 created the first film section for the American Historical Review. He has been a visiting professor at Oxford University, the University of Manchester, the University of Barcelona, the European University Institute (Florence), Kyushu University (Japan), the University of La Laguna (Canary Islands), and Tolima University (Colombia). His fellowships include four from the National Endowment for the Humanities, three from the Fulbright program, and he has been a research fellow at both the East-West Center (Honolulu) and the Getty Research Institute.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Writer and reader on September 9, 2010
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I laughed! I cried! Part travel writing, part history lesson, part slow-burn romance, this fictional memoir of improbable convergence makes you ponder the intersection not only of different cultures, but also of art and life, Hollywood and reality, autobiography and embellishment. Funny and intense, suspenseful and satisfying, it's ultimately a story of true love. Really.
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Sometimes you have to pay off your debt to history," writes one of Robert Rosenstone's characters toward end of this irresistible novel. In its pages, Rosenstone pays off some of his own, and he does so with his characteristic (and winning) disregard for the limits imposed by academic disciplines and literary genres. He's written a book--words on pages--rich with cinema. He's written a love story full of history. He's written a history, full of the news of the day. The story is set in Spain (Madrid, Toledo, and Cordoba), but like all great love stories, it takes place at the dangerous intersection of passion and and all that threatens to destroy it: not just the religions of the subtitle but also ethnicity, culture, family, politics, ideals, ambitions, individual memory, collective experience, and the stranger than fiction course of current events. This novel--inventive, even mischievous, harrowing, and yet charming--is true in a way history rarely is. It is also engrossing from beginning to end. Pick it up only if you have the time not to put it down. I won't soon forget it. James Goodman, author of "Blackout" and "Stories of Scottsboro.:
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By John Shannon on September 15, 2010
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An absolutely wonderful book. Real mastery of other POVs, including women of non-American backgrounds, at least it feels that way to this male. I also enjoyed the sly roman a clef aspect about filmmaking, with Warren Beatty and Jerzy Kosinski making disguised appearances and Vittorio Storaro, as himself. Here and there I actually laughed out loud. A fine post-modern novel, and loads of fun.
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Robert Rosenstone's newest book, Red Star, Crescent Moon: A Muslim Jewish Love Story , may be his best yet. This is a novel that draws on the history of the Middle East, but is also an intricately plotted love story, filled with action and humor, not to mention a thinly disguised Hollywood star. Rosenstone's earlier books -- the biography of John Reed, Romantic Revolutionary, and the study of Americans in 19th century Japan, Mirror in the Shrine -- were more serious historical-biographical works, while he now lets himself go in full fiction mode, as he did in his previous King of Odessa. Red Star, Crescent Moon is a meditation on the meaning of the past: how our cultural and personal histories both create and limit ourselves, as well as our reactions to other people and their cultures. All this is done in Rosenstone's highly readable and elegant writing style. One of the most engaging novels I have read in years. -- Eric Anders, Ph.D.
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By Barbara Breger on September 9, 2010
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For those of us who have followed Robert Rosenstone's writing career, "Red Star, Crescent Moon" hits a new peak: a novel with deep historical roots that is also filled with action, romance, and intricate plotting. The book is a meditation on the meaning of the past, filled with suspense, a profound love story, and humor, all brought out in Rosenstone's highly readable and elegant writing style.

Louis Breger, Ph.D., author of "Freud: Darkness in the Midst of Vision" and "A Dream of Undying Fame."
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