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Title:
The good, the bad, and the famous
Author:
Sherman, Len, 1956-
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Carol Pub. Group, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
x, 244 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
"A Lyle Stuart book."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780818405266
Format :
Book

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Why have celebrated actors, athletes and musicians become publicly involved with politics, and what political roles do they play? To answer these questions, documentary film producer/screenwriter/journalist Sherman traveled around America and talked with Charlton Heston, Ed Asner, John Randolph and other performers; political organizer Robert Squier; presidential candidate Bruce Babbitt; TV newsman Sam Donaldson; rock music producer David Krebs; and Congressman Fred (``Gopher'') Grandy of Iowa. Among the questions he asked are: How do the media present politics? Are the media liberal or conservative? How do different TV talk shows treat politicians and celebrities? The answers are worth pondering. Among Sherman's conclusions: Ronald Reagan and Jane Fonda are alike in highhandedly insisting that their individual, limited visions encompass the ``essence of the grander truth.'' The book is instructive reading for concerned citizens; required reading for people in politics. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

The increasing merger of entertainment and politics is a subject worthy of serious study. Alas, Sherman merely passes on a series of celebrity interviews (Ed Asner, Charlton Heston, and others) with no context. Each chapter is a transcribed interview, with no thread to tie any of them together as a book. Sherman rambles along in rather fan-magazine fashion , and quotes himself as much as the interviewees, giving the impression that the book was his excuse to meet them rather than to explore any relationship between politics and entertainment. This feeling is reinforced by the lack of footnotes, references, and an index--there isn't even a list of those interviewed. A comprehensive work on this subject is needed; existing information is scattered in a number of volumes as asides and notes. Not recommended.-- M. Tway Smith, CUNY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.