Invasion of the Mind-Snatchers: Television's Conquest of America in the Fifties

Invasion of the Mind-Snatchers: Television's Conquest of America in the Fifties

By: Eric Burns (author)Hardback

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How the baby boomers learned about the world in their most formative years

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Eric Burns is a cultural historian and former television journalist. He was named by the Washington Journalism Review as one of the best writers in the history of broadcast journalism. His books include The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol, and The Smoke of the Gods: A Social History of Tobacco (both Temple), which were named the "Best of the Best" by the American Library Association. He is also the author of Broadcast Blues, The Joy of Books, and Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginnings of American Journalism.


A Note to Readers Introduction: Philo T. Farnsworth's Discontent Part I: The Medium 1. Damning the "Theenk" 2. The New American Family 3. The Hula Hoop and the Bomb 4. Invisible Doughnuts and Coonskin Caps 5. "Really Big Shows" 6. The Competition Part II: The Messages 7. The First Senator 8. The Second Senator 9. The Third Senator 10. Advertising for President 11. The Mystic Knights of the Sea 12. "The Technological Equivalent of a Crucifix" 13. Sexless Objects 14. The Constant Parade 15. Serving the Sky Chief 16. The Black Sox of the Airwaves Epilogue: The Man with a Secret Notes Bibliography Acknowledgments Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/05/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781439902882
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 352
  • ID: 9781439902882
  • weight: 590
  • ISBN10: 1439902887

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