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The Frenzy of Renown: Fame and Its History Paperback – November 25, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0679776307 ISBN-10: 0679776303 Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed

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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (November 25, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679776303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679776307
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a masterful historical analysis that moves from the Homeric age to People , Braudy demonstrates that the elusive concept of fame changes as its historical context changes. More than two millennia ago the urge to fame existed because political power could be centralized by controlling imagery. Because communication was slow and lives brief, some became famous only in retrospect. To be famous today means only to be talked about, and it is possible to win instant recognition worldwide. The chase for fame has both "inspired and warped individuals and cultures," as Braudy demonstrates with his subtle portraits of Alexander, Caesar and Augustus, Jesus and Augustine, Charlemagne and Dante, Napoleon and Byron, Washington and Lincoln, Lindbergh and Hemingway. A solid and absorbing work that will be useful in many academic disciplines. Milton Meltzer, New York
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"An admirably polished, dispassionate and illuminating account...Braudy's erudition is formidable, and the grace and intelligence with which he puts his immense range of sources to work make for a book of exceptional breadth and power."--The Nation

"An impressive tour de force in which the author is at various times historian, art and literary critic, philosopher, philologist--and media maven." --Erich Segal, Washington Post Book World

"A well-knit and compelling narrative... Mr. Braudy moves easily across centuries and cultures...[and] has a keen eye for the history encapsulated in words." --John Gross, The New York Times

"The Frenzy of Renown...makes one think about famous people, deeds and ideas in a new way....[It] is rich in original insights and...surprisingly free of received opinion."--Susan Jacoby, The New York Times Book Review

"One of the year's most impressive cultural critiques, a wide-ranging examination of fame from Alexander the Great to Farrah Fawcett."--The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Brilliant, pathbreaking cultural history."--Newsday --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L. Z. on December 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
Can you name the ten most famous people in western European history? After reading this book, you will. A monumental study of the human craving for attention, and the ways that people (mostly men) have sought it. I recommend this book for anyone who has wondered what all the fuss is about regarding celebrities today. This book was originally published in 1987, and Braudy has written an afterward for the 1997 edition -- it's very interesting to read what happens when you write "the book" on fame in the era of O.J.Simpson, Monika Lewinsky, et al.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Walker on May 18, 2000
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What an incredible book! I had to remind myself that this was not a work of fiction. I was thoroughly impressed by the style , soul and intellect of this beautifully written work.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1997
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In charting the course of fame, Braudy written a compelling and original history of Western culture. This is an amazing piece of work, clearly the product of insight, devotion, and many years of study. I've recently been seeing references to it in various mainstream publications, so I'm glad it's finally getting some of the attention it deserves, and it's nice to see that it went to paperback. It's ambitious, and I believe successful as well. It's fun to read, and it'll help refresh all that western history you forgot from school. If you don't completely love this book, you're a moron. (OK, that last statement's probably a bit much...) Anyway, note that I have no connection to the author, publisher, author's department (USC Literature), their families, or anything like that, other than having read this book.
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