An American Cakewalk: Ten Syncopators of the Modern World


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Stanford University Press
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5.9 X 0.5 X 9.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Zeese Papanikolas lives and works in Oakland, California. He is a former Stegner Fellow and long-time member of the Humanities Department at the San Francisco Art Institute. His writing includes Buried Unsung: Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre (1982), Trickster in the Land of Dreams (1998), and American Silence (2007).


"An American Cakewalk is a delight. Once I waded in, I did not want to be called back to shore. Not a cultural history, nor an argument with others, this book is a labor of love, serious in its prose and intentions, abounding with insight, written with verve and grace."--George Cotkin "author of Dive Deeper: Journeys with Moby Dick (2012) "
"[The author] provides a new and refreshing glimpse of a cadre of individuals he labels 'syncopators'--slightly offbeat, marginalized people who often marched to the beat of the proverbial 'different drummer'... Highly recommended"--P. D. Travis "Choice "
"The great appeal of this book is its freedom from conventional categories, its charming, at times moving, style of writing, which captures a special rhythm in American popular culture. This is an important book, and literate Americans should read it."--John Dizikes, Professor Emeritus of American Studies "University of California, Santa Cruz "
"More often than not, the book is more akin to a vividly impressionistic novel than most academic texts....[T]he book is undoubtedly the result of rigorous research, deep engagement and passion for the primary materials it explores. This combination of style and substance is a rare and heady mix that is ultimately far more satisfying as a result."--Adam Burns "History: The Journal of the Historical Association "