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Inventing the Public Enemy By David E. Ruth

Inventing the Public Enemy
by David E. Ruth

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In this account of mass media images, David Ruth looks at Al Capone and other "invented" gangsters of the 1920s and 1930s. It shows that the media gangster was less a reflection of reality than a projection created from Americans' values, concerns and ideas about what would sell.
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Inventing the Public Enemy: Gangster in American Culture, 1918-1934 by David E. Ruth

In this account of mass media images, David Ruth looks at Al Capone and other "invented" gangsters of the 1920s and 1930s. The subject of innumerable newspaper and magazine articles, novels and Hollywood movies, the gangster was a compelling figure for Americans preoccupied with crime and the social turmoil it symbolized. Ruth shows that the media gangster was less a reflection of reality than a projection created from Americans' values, concerns and ideas about what would sell. We see efficient criminal executives demonstrating the multifarious uses of organization; dapper, big-spending gangsters highlighting the promises and perils of the emerging consumer society; and gunmen and molls guiding an uncertain public through the shifting terrain of modern gender roles. In this study, Ruth reveals how the public enemy provides a far-ranging critique of modern culture.

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GOR007261060
Inventing the Public Enemy: Gangster in American Culture, 1918-1934 by David E. Ruth
David E. Ruth
Used - Very Good
Paperback
The University of Chicago Press
1996-04-11
200
0226732185
9780226732183
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