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Celebrity-In-Chief : How Show Business Took over the White House

ALAN SCHROEDER

Published by Perseus Books Group February 2004, 2004
ISBN 10: 081334137X / ISBN 13: 9780813341378
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Title: Celebrity-In-Chief : How Show Business Took ...

Publisher: Perseus Books Group February 2004

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine (F)

Edition: First Edition.

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Very collectable condition. Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. Fine/no jacket as issue GREAT CONDITION, BEAUTIFUL COPY. U.S. presidents and Hollywood have had a mutual admiration society that extends far back into history. In Celebrity-in-Chief, journalist Alan Schroeder contends that each camp has influenced the other--particularly over the past century--creating a president who no longer stands apart upon a remote civic pedestal, isolated from Hollywood and pop culture. Instead, the powerful forces of the American celebrity circus drag him into the tent and ask him to put on a show. ADVANCE READING COPY. Bookseller Inventory # 20081115103865

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Synopsis: U.S. presidents and Hollywood have had a mutual admiration society that extends far back into history. In Celebrity-in-Chief, journalist Alan Schroeder contends that each camp has influenced the other-particularly over the past century-creating a president who no longer stands apart upon a remote civic pedestal, isolated from Hollywood and pop culture. Instead, the powerful forces of the American celebrity circus drag him into the tent and ask him to put on a show. The job of president has always been politically demanding, but now there is another requirement: to exude star quality. In the parlance of Hollywood, he must "fill the frame." Drawing upon a wealth of fascinating anecdotes about some of the most celebrated individuals in American history, Schroeder shows how a succession of presidents since Woodrow Wilson has put on a show with mixed results. Whether it was Bill Clinton playing sax on TV talk shows or George W. Bush's Top Gun stunt aboard an aircraft carrier, Celebrity-in-Chief entertainingly and convincingly shows that the result is a wholesale demystification of the office-and that this marriage of pop culture and the presidency will continue to fascinate and endure.

About the Author: Alan Schroeder is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University. A three-time Emmy-award-winning television producer and a frequent media commentator, he is the author of Presidential Debates: 40 Years of High-Risk TV. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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