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Shooting the Great War: Albert Dawson and the American Correspondent Film Company, 1914-1918 Paperback – October 21, 2013
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About the Author
Ron van Dopperen studied history at the University of Utrecht, Holland, where he wrote his Master of Arts Thesis on the American World War I documentary films (1988). He now works as a communication advisor for the Dutch government. Cooper C. Graham is retired from the Library of Congress where he was a curator in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. He is the author of numerous articles, as well as Leni Riefenstahl’s “Olympia” and (in collaboration) D.W. Griffith and the Biograph Company. Since 2010, the authors have been working on a series of articles for Film History journal on the following American cameramen of World War I: Wilbur H. Durborough, Edwin F. Weigle, Albert K. Dawson and Nelson E. Edwards. New stories have been prepared on Captain Frank E. Kleinschmidt and newsreel photographer Ansel E. Wallace.
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Van Dopperen and Graham's book is unique and a must read for anyone who wants to understand the use of propaganda in the twentieth century. It contains lots of primary research and thorough illustrative documentation. In my opinion the book is too short. It would have greatly benefited from a better placement of Albert Dawson's mission within the context of the German strategy towards the American government and the wider public in the U.S. The author's depiction of the command and control of this important clandestine mission is not well researched and emphasizes the supervisory role of Matthew Claussen rather than explaining the missions of Bernhard Dernburg and Heinrich Albert as the organizers and financiers of this effort. The book also needs some serious attention to typos, grammar, and other editing. Still, Shooting the Great War is well worth the read.