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Acting presidents : 100 years of plays about the presidency /
Bruce E. Altschuler.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
description
xiii, 193 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0230110177 (hbk. : alk. paper), 9780230110175 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
isbn
0230110177 (hbk. : alk. paper)
9780230110175 (hbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction -- Plays about Abraham Lincoln -- Other heroic presidents -- The president as anti-hero -- Fictional presidents -- Musical presidents -- Conclusions.
catalogue key
7391349
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Bruce E. Altschuler is a Professor of Political Science at SUNY Oswego. He is the author or co-author of four books, including LBJ and the Polls and Running in Place: A Campaign Journal, as well as numerous articles for journals such as Public Opinion Quarterly; Journal of Supreme Court History; Presidential Studies Quarterly; and White House Studies. In 2007 he received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research.
Reviews
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"If you are interested in the theater, in presidents, and in American culture, you'll be fascinated by this masterly treatment of plays about American presidents. Altschuler covers drama, musicals, satires, and every other genre, and unearths little known gems as well as analyzing Broadway and off-Broadway hits. After reading Altschuler, you'll be well equipped to understand how plays about presidents illuminate our politics, and if you are interested in specific presidents, especially Lincoln, FDR, LBJ, and Nixon, you'll gain new insights from the plays that Altschuler has collected. This is a pathbreaking work of immense value to anyone who reads about or writes about the presidency."--Richard M. Pious, Adolph and Effie Ochs Professor of American Studies, Barnard College
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Summaries
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This book seeks to fill a major gap in the literature about fictional representations of presidents by studying more than 40 plays, written since 1900, which have had prominent productions on or off-Broadway or in another major city.
Description for Bookstore
Fills a major gap in the literature about fictional representations of presidents by studying more than 40 plays, written since 1900, which have had prominent productions
Main Description
Although films about the presidency have been a popular subject for analysis, there is no equivalent literature about plays that portray chief executives. This book fills that gap by examining in detail about 50 plays depicting historical, fictional and even musical presidents. It explains how, as the public’s trust in government has declined, the heroic presidents of the first half of the twentieth century have been replaced on stage by such antiheroes as Nixon and Harding.
Main Description
Although films about the presidency have been a popular subject for analysis, there is no equivalent literature about plays that portray chief executives. This book fills that gap by examining in detail about 50 plays depicting historical, fictional and even musical presidents. It explains how, as the public's trust in government has declined, the heroic presidents of the first half of the twentieth century have been replaced on stage by such antiheroes as Nixon and Harding.
Main Description
Although films about the presidency have been a popular subject for analysis, there is no equivalent literature about plays that portray chief executives. This book fills that gap by examining in detail about 50 plays depicting historical, fictional and even musical presidents. It explains how, as the publicrs"s trust in government has declined, the heroic presidents of the first half of the twentieth century have been replaced on stage by such antiheroes as Nixon and Harding.
Description for Bookstore
Fills a major gap in the literature about fictional representations of presidents by studying more than 40 plays, written since 1900, which have had prominent productions
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
p. ix
p. x
Introductionp. xi
Plays about Abraham Lincolnp. 1
Other Heroic Presidentsp. 35
The President as Anti-Herop. 61
Fictional Presidentsp. 103
Musical Presidentsp. 119
Conclusionsp. 155
Appendix: Plays Discussed in This Bookp. 159
Notesp. 163
Indexp. 189
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