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Overrated/underrated : 100 experts topple the icons and champion the slighted!
Publication Information:
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers : Distributed by Workman Pub. Co., [2001]

Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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American heritage.
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E169.1 .O94 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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One hundred of America's favorite writers re-evaluate the overpraised and applaud the unappreciated in this fun and impossible-to-put-down collection of highly opinionated essays.

What began as one of American Heritage's most popular annual features is collected now in this beautifully illustrated, endlessly entertaining book. One hundred inspired, irreverent, illuminating pieces take a fresh look at the people, places and things we take for great-and for granted. Dozens of America's most celebrated writers muse on the subjects they know best: Liz Smith on the Most Overrated and Underrated Love Affairs; Art Spiegelman on Comic Strips; Lawrence Block on Fictional Private Eyes, and Christopher Buckley on the most Overrated and Underrated Kennedys, to name just a few. Their wizened analysis, leavened with liberal dollops of humor, is sure to inspire thought and lively conversation, whether you agree or disagree, for example, that Barbara Streisand is the most overrated singer or that the peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich is the most underrated American dish.

Table of Contents

James BradyWalter IsaacsonRay RobinsonLesley HazletonDonald E. WestlakeCarl Sferazza AnthonyAllen BarraMax RudinLiz SmithJohn Steele GordonPat WillardTom WickerRichard M KetchumT.A. HeppenheimerGary CrossJames W. Michaels
Introductionp. 9
Ad Campaignp. 10
Autobiographyp. 16
Ballplayerp. 28
Carp. 30
Criminalp. 46
First Landp. 78
Gangsterp. 88
Generationp. 94
Love Affairp. 120
Novelp. 166
Piep. 170
Politicianp. 186
Revolutionary War Herop. 202
Space Achievementp. 228
Toyp. 236
Warp. 246
and hundreds more T