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Iconic America: A Roller-Coaster Ride through the Eye-Popping Panorama of American Pop Culture Hardcover – November 6, 2007
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Firstly though the book is a visual treat. Designer George Lois has handled a whole range of graphic material brilliantly, especially in presenting similar items on the same spread: a photo of James Brown (The godfather of soul) facing Marlon Brando (The godfather of film) or Babe Ruth facing a Baby Ruth candy bar or a spread with a photo of an apple pie (As American as apple pie) and an Apple logo (Apple changes the American lifestyle). Another lovely design touch is running five Burma-Shave signs over five pages (The bearded lady/Tried a jar/She's now a famous/Movie star!/Burma-Shave).
Lois has blended all the personality photos, product shots, logos, paintings, cartoons and display typography together beautifully and the 175dpi printing on quality paper makes everything sparkle. The design treatment did remind of a similar strong visual book covering the same subject 1,001 Reasons to Love America (1,001 Reasons to Love).
I liked the wide-ranging coverage of icons throughout the pages and nicely not necessarily positive ones. Page seventy-one features the Enron logo, page 135 has a cutout photo of a lemon with Edsel printed on it, also included are a few frames from the Zapruder home movie of Kennedy's death likewise a photo of OJ Simpson, in court, trying on a glove.Read more ›
Tommy Hilfiger may not be the best writer in the world, but he does have an eye for the most memorable icons of the past almost 2½ centuries. There are iconic paintings that have captured American History and Americana (Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware and Wood's American Gothic to name a couple). There are the brand names that are associated with America (Mc Donald's the Pillsbury doughboy and the previously mentioned Nike swoosh). Cinematic memories (Frankenstein, Dracula, Jimmy Stewart, etc.) architecural masterpieces (the Guggenheim, the Empire State Building, Penn Station, etc.) and moments in history (The Hindenburg, the Kennedy assasination, Lou Gehrig's farewell speech) all vie for your attention in these pages.
Some may be scandalized by the appearance of an actual Playboy centerfold (from a 1971 issue) in these pages, or a picture of a topless bikini by Rudi Gernreich, but myself I was more scandalized by the pictures of Michael Jackson and O. J. Simpson and their respectively famous gloves. Yeech!
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One of the best coffee table books I own. Immaculately put together collection of Americana.Published 15 months ago by Ben Buckley
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Interesting book, with good photography and good coverage of items, descriptions tended to be brief.Published on May 3, 2008 by Larry Smith