Entertainment Nation: How Music, Television, Film, Sports, and Theater Shaped the United States

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Price
$34.95  $32.50
Publisher
Smithsonian Books
Publish Date
Pages
272
Dimensions
9.5 X 10.6 X 1.6 inches | 3.25 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781588347244

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About the Author

KENNETH COHEN is Edward and Helen Hintz Secretarial Scholar and Curator at NMAH. His work on the intersection of politics, theater, and sport has appeared in academic and popular outlets such as NPR, Slate, and The Washington Post. JOHN W. TROUTMAN is curator of American music at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and project director for the Entertainment Nation exhibit.

Reviews

BOOKLIST
"This lively and interesting book turns a spotlight on nearly 300 key artifacts (a fraction of the
more than a million objects in the Smithsonian's collection) and sets them in social and historical
context through a series of essays. [...] With this book in hand, those unable to visit the Smithsonian in person can enjoy these national treasures."

THE SABER AND SCROLL JOURNAL
"Pop culture history fans will delight in this absolutely stunning book, its pages brimming with full-color images of some of the pieces in the collection. From film to sports, music to television and theater, there is some-thing for everyone. [...] Entertainment Nation is an excellent book to leave out on a coffee table, as there is always something interesting and important to discover each and every time you open the pages."

NEIL'S ENTERTAINMENT PICKS
How powerful is the influence of entertainment? Pretty potent, according to Entertainment Nation (Smithsonian), an engrossing dive into the wide-ranging effects of movies, TV, music and spectator sports. The handsome volume includes 225 photos of artifacts from the Smithsonian's pop culture collection, including Frank Sinatra's bowtie, Cyndi Lauper's dress and a costume from The Handmaid's Tale. -Neil Pond, former Entertainment Editor at Parade