The Presidents We Imagine
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📒The Presidents We Imagine ✍ Jeff Smith
✏The Presidents We Imagine Book Summary : In such popular television series as The West Wing and 24, in thrillers like Tom Clancy’s novels, and in recent films, plays, graphic novels, and internet cartoons, America has been led by an amazing variety of chief executives. Some of these are real presidents who have been fictionally reimagined. Others are “might-have-beens” like Philip Roth’s President Charles Lindbergh. Many more have never existed except in some storyteller’s mind. In The Presidents We Imagine, Jeff Smith examines the presidency’s ever-changing place in the American imagination. Ranging across different media and analyzing works of many kinds, some familiar and some never before studied, he explores the evolution of presidential fictions, their central themes, the impact on them of new and emerging media, and their largely unexamined role in the nation’s real politics. Smith traces fictions of the presidency from the plays and polemics of the eighteenth century—when the new office was born in what Alexander Hamilton called “the regions of fiction”—to the digital products of the twenty-first century, with their seemingly limitless user-defined ways of imagining the world’s most important political figure. Students of American culture and politics, as well as readers interested in political fiction and film, will find here a colorful, indispensable guide to the many surprising ways Americans have been “representing” presidents even as those presidents have represented them. “Especially timely in an era when media image-mongering increasingly shapes presidential politics.”—Paul S. Boyer, series editor “Smith's understanding of the sociopolitical realities of US history is impressive; likewise his interpretations of works of literature and popular culture. . . .In addition to presenting thoughtful analysis, the book is also fun. Readers will enjoy encounters with, for example, The Beggar's Opera, Duck Soup, Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward, Philip Roth's Plot against America, the comedic campaigns of W. C. Fields for President and Pogo for President, and presidential fictions that continue up to the last President Bush. . . . His writing is fluid and conversational, but every page reveals deep understanding and focus. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers.”—CHOICE
📒When We Imagine Grace ✍ Simone C. Drake
✏When We Imagine Grace Book Summary : Plutarch, the famed Greek biographer, wrote The Lives of the Roman Emperors early in his career. Simone Drake could have called her book The Lives of Black Men. She contrasts the portrayal of black men in mainstream media with the way she insists black men must imagine their lives, ambitions, and desires in both the civic arena and the domestic arena. The narrow popular representation of black men as being in perennial crisis is one she rejects, opting instead to see them as active agents of their own destinies. Her book uncovers the ways in which black men in history, literature, film, political arenas, and popular culture have either challenged or been challenged by pathological constructions of black masculinity. Imagining Grace refers to Toni Morrison s Beloved, a black feminist framework Drake uses to see power in vulnerability and emotivenessfrom Tom Joyner s radio show to Richard Pryor s comedy to some of President Obama s social policy. Drake is synthesizing black feminist and black masculinity studies. Her black lives feature the African American cowboy, Nat Love, also Drake s own grandfather, who imagined grace through military service in the first colored military unit to fight in World War II (what emerges is a narrative of black pride and shame), and thence to movies, where Drake explores the theme of black fathers and daughters (framed by a court case involving The Cosby Show as intellectual property). The chapter that follows, on twisted criminalities, contrasts the valorization of black criminals (thugs) as heroes with the denigration of gay black men, where we encounter the limits of grace in American Gangster, Cornelius Edy s poetry, and the viral video of Antoine Dodson (discussing the attempted rape of his sister). In concluding with Berry Gordy and hi-hop (Jay-Z), Drake meditates on black entrepreneurship as a nationalist site of redemption. We are given in this book a way of seeing and knowing black malenesssophisticated in concept but bracingly vivid in the telling. "
📒Public Papers Of The Presidents Of The United States ✍ United States. President
✏Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States Book Summary : "Containing the public messages, speeches, and statements of the President", 1956-1992.
📒Fictional Presidential Films ✍ Sarah Miles Bolam & Thomas J. Bolam
✏Fictional Presidential Films Book Summary : Fictional Presidential Films Hollywood’s manner of making films, its conventions, applies especially to fictional presidential films, allowing filmmakers to express their ideas that could not be done in traditional historical films. Fictional Presidential Films offers a complete filmography of these two-hundred-plus films decade by decade since 1930. The main body of the work provides a brief summary of each decade along with a summary on the overall nature of films in which a fictional President appeared. Each relevant film is then discussed with credits, plot summary, description of the presidential appearance, and, when possible, an assessment of the presidential portrayal included.
📒Women And The White House ✍ Justin S. Vaughn
✏Women and the White House Book Summary : The president of the United States traditionally serves as a symbol of power, virtue, ability, dominance, popularity, and patriarchy. In recent years, however, the high-profile candidacies of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Bachmann have provoked new interest in gendered popular culture and how it influences Americans' perceptions of the country's highest political office. In this timely volume, editors Justin S. Vaughn and Lilly J. Goren lead a team of scholars in examining how the president and the first lady exist as a function of public expectations and cultural gender roles. The authors investigate how the candidates' messages are conveyed, altered, and interpreted in "hard" and "soft" media forums, from the nightly news to daytime talk shows, and from tabloids to the blogosphere. They also address the portrayal of the presidency in film and television productions such as Kisses for My President (1964), Air Force One (1997), and Commander in Chief (2005). With its strong, multidisciplinary approach, Women and the White House commences a wider discussion about the possibility of a female president in the United States, the ways in which popular perceptions of gender will impact her leadership, and the cultural challenges she will face.
📒The Hunt For The President S Wife ✍ Richard Lee Orey
✏The Hunt for the President S Wife Book Summary : In The Hunt for the Presidents Wife, a dazzling young nun takes on an urgent and daring political mission for the CIA. In the midst of its human trafficking operations, an American crime family unknowingly seizes at the international border the incognito wife of the Presidente of the Republic of Mexico,creating a catastrophic political crisis. Sister Maria Camarillo--a beautiful young nun with unique and highly developed investigative skills--is swiftly appointed a CIA Special Agent charged with finding and rescuing the missing Senora Ruiz. The Hunt for the Presidents Wife takes you where youve never been in electrifying scenes of Sister Maria facing off with the lecherous whoremaster of the Maids Club prostitution network and boldly confronting the scheming Presidente Felipe de Ruiz as she fights to preserve her sexual innocence, rescue Senora Ruiz and save America from a tidal wave of panic-stricken border-crashing refugees fleeing a bloody Mexican Civil War. A SIZZLING POLITICAL THRILLER! ARE YOU GAME? A provocative read for you and your friends. Visit the author at www.Authorsden.com/richardleeorey
📒Sites Unseen ✍ William A. Gleason
✏Sites Unseen Book Summary : Sites Unseen examines the complex intertwining of race and architecture in nineteenth and early-twentieth century American culture, the period not only in which American architecture came of age professionally in the U.S. but also in which ideas about architecture became a prominent part of broader conversations about American culture, history, politics, and—although we have not yet understood this clearly—race relations. This rich and copiously illustrated interdisciplinary study explores the ways that American writing between roughly 1850 and 1930 concerned itself, often intensely, with the racial implications of architectural space primarily, but not exclusively, through domestic architecture. In addition to identifying an archive of provocative primary materials, Sites Unseen draws significantly on important recent scholarship in multiple fields ranging from literature, history, and material culture to architecture, cultural geography, and urban planning. Together the chapters interrogate a variety of expressive American vernacular forms, including the dialect tale, the novel of empire, letters, and pulp stories, along with the plantation cabin, the West Indian cottage, the Latin American plaza, and the “Oriental” parlor. These are some of the overlooked plots and structures that can and should inform a more comprehensive consideration of the literary and cultural meanings of American architecture. Making sense of the relations between architecture, race, and American writing of the long nineteenth century—in their regional, national, and hemispheric contexts—Sites Unseen provides a clearer view not only of this catalytic era but also more broadly of what architectural historian Dell Upton has aptly termed the social experience of the built environment.
📒 What Do You Care What Other People Think Further Adventures Of A Curious Character ✍ Richard P. Feynman
✏ What Do You Care What Other People Think Further Adventures of a Curious Character Book Summary : The New York Times best-selling sequel to "Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!" One of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman possessed an unquenchable thirst for adventure and an unparalleled ability to tell the stories of his life. "What Do You Care What Other People Think?" is Feynman’s last literary legacy, prepared with his friend and fellow drummer, Ralph Leighton. Among its many tales—some funny, others intensely moving—we meet Feynman’s first wife, Arlene, who taught him of love’s irreducible mystery as she lay dying in a hospital bed while he worked nearby on the atomic bomb at Los Alamos. We are also given a fascinating narrative of the investigation of the space shuttle Challenger’s explosion in 1986, and we relive the moment when Feynman revealed the disaster’s cause by an elegant experiment: dropping a ring of rubber into a glass of cold water and pulling it out, misshapen.
📒All The President S Menus ✍ Julie Hyzy
✏All the President s Menus Book Summary : It’s an old adage that too many cooks spoil the broth. But when a tour of the White House kitchen by a group of foreign chefs ends in murder, it’s Olivia Paras who finds herself in the soup… Due to a government sequester, entertaining at the White House has been severely curtailed. So executive chef Olivia Paras is delighted to hear that plans are still on to welcome a presidential candidate from the country of Saardisca—the first woman to run for office—and four of that nation’s top chefs. But while leading the chefs on a kitchen tour, pastry chef Marcel passes out suddenly—and later claims he was drugged. When one of the visiting chefs collapses and dies, it’s clear someone has infiltrated the White House with ill intent. Could it be an anti-Saardiscan zealot? Is the candidate a target? Are the foreign chefs keeping more than their recipes a secret? Once again, Olivia must make sleuthing the special of the day… From the Paperback edition.
📒The President S Pianist ✍ George Manos
✏The President s Pianist Book Summary : In a warmly personal and evocative memoir, George Manos recounts the highlights of his long and varied career as classical pianist, conductor, composer, and teacher. Manos served as President Harry S. Truman's personal pianist; performed at famed classical music venues like the Bethlehem Bach Festival and the Tanglewood Music Festival; served as music director at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; founded and conducted the Killarney Bach Festival in Ireland; and taught at prestigious schools and universities in and around Washington. He performed with many of the leading musicians of the 20th century, including acclaimed singers like Todd Duncan, Elena Nikolaidi, and Katharine Hansel, and renowned composers and conductors like Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Leopold Stokowski, and Igor Stravinksy. Manos also played for some of the century's top political leaders: President Truman, his family, and inner circle, Eleanor Roosevelt, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Charles and Princess Diana of England, and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru of India. This book will delight all who love music and who wish to learn more about the personal and musical side of President Truman and of many of the 20th century's greatest classical musicians.