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Vance Packard & American Social Criticism

Horowitz, Daniel *Subject SIGNED!*

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ISBN 10: 0807821411 / ISBN 13: 9780807821411
Published by U of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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(full book description) U of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC, 1994. 1st Edition 1st Printing, Fine/Fine-, Hard Cover, Dust Jacket. Size=6.5"x9.5", 375pp(Index). 1/4" DJ tear at head of spine, o.w. clean, tight & bright. NO ink names, bookplates etc. SIGNED/INSCRIBED by Vance Packard! ISBN 0807821411 20% OFF our regular catalogue price. SELLING WORLDWIDE since 1987. 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES, WE ALWAYS PACK WITH GREAT CARE!. Bookseller Inventory # CONROY123911I

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Title: Vance Packard & American Social Criticism

Publisher: U of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Vance Packard's bestselling books--Hidden Persuaders (1957), Status Seekers (1959), and Waste Makers (1960)--taught the generation that came of age in the late 1950s and early 1960s about the dangers posed by advertising, social climbing, and planned obsolescence. Like Betty Friedan and William H. Whyte, Jr., Packard (1914- ) was a journalist who played an important role in the nation's transition from the largely complacent 1950s to the tumultuous 1960s. He was also one of the first social critics to benefit from and foster the newly energized social and political consciousness of this period. Based in part on interviews with Packard, Daniel Horowitz's intellectual biography focuses on the period during which Packard left magazine writing to author his most famous works of social criticism. Horowitz traces the influence of Packard's education and early years in rural Pennsylvania, providing a deeper understanding of his thought and his later books. Packard's life, Horowitz contends, illuminates the dilemmas of a freelance social critic without inherited wealth or academic affiliation. His career also expands our understanding of how one era shaped the next, underscoring how the adversarial 1960s drew on the mass culture of the previous decade.

Originally published in 1994.

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"[Horowitz] offers a wealth of insight into twentieth-century journalism, homegrown American liberalism, and the role of the popular intellectual."-- American Historical Review

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