My weekly collection of new and notable books for your pop culture pleasure and edification: #ReadMoreTweetLess.
Jimmy Carter and the Birth of the Marathon Media Campaign
by Amber Roessner
Non-Fiction & Politics / Louisiana State University Press
Published: May 20, 2020
We just saw this with Obama and Trump! Jimmy Carter and the Birth of the Marathon Media Campaign offers an incisive view of the transition from the yearlong to the permanent campaign. So much noise and hustling. It’s all just sports now; go team!
#ICYMI Podcast Journalism History / @JHistoryJournal interviewed Amber Roessner / @DrRoessner about her new book, “Jimmy Carter and the Birth of the Marathon Media Campaign.” #Listen at this link: https://t.co/kboxRIrs8K. pic.twitter.com/vmgFUGnfCa
— LSU Press (@lsupress) June 22, 2020
The Machine Never Blinks: A Graphic History of Spying and Surveillance
by Ivan Greenberg; Drawn by Joseph Canlas & Everett Patterson.
Non-Fiction & Graphic Novel / Fantagraphics Books
Published: April 21, 2020
You’ll want to surveil this graphic novel on surveillance; even though it’s clear your online data collection confirms you dig comics. In The Machine Never Blinks, the story of surveillance is presented from its earliest days, to help you more fully understand today’s headlines about every-increasing, constant, and unrelenting monitoring and global data collection.
Officially out this week! The Machine Never Blinks: A Graphic History of Spying and Surveillance, written by @ivan_greenberg, drawn by Joseph Canlas and Everett Patterson, and with an introduction by @RalphNader! https://t.co/RDuQqvRMlH pic.twitter.com/8QdKf4TizM
— Fantagraphics Books (@fantagraphics) April 22, 2020
Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods
by Amelia Pang
Non-Fiction & Music / Backbeat Books
Published: October 15, 2020
American consumerism is like a feral lion that’s escaped from the zoo yet…most consumers have adopted a “keep calm” mentality. And here we are: Made in China: the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods. “In Made in China, investigative journalist Amelia Pang pulls back the curtain on Sun’s story and the stories of others like him, including the persecuted Uyghur minority group whose abuse and exploitation is rapidly gathering steam.”
What are you reading this weekend? Pick up a copy of the brand-new expose #MadeinChina: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods by @ameliapangg: https://t.co/3NVIFtW4Sz You will never shop the same way again. “Timely and urgent” – @nytimesbooks pic.twitter.com/kEOXLn5Rwv
— Algonquin Books (@AlgonquinBooks) February 6, 2021
Selling Hate: Marketing the Ku Klux Klan
by Dale W. Laackman
Non-Fiction / Viking Books
Published: September 9, 2020
Hate is incredibly profitable. From Dale Laackman Selling Hate is a fascinating story about the power of a southern PR firm to further the Ku Klux Klan’s agenda. How did two PR practitioners reinvigorate a dwindling hate group? “Selling Hate is a fascinating and powerful story about the power of a southern PR firm to further the Ku Klux Klan’s agenda. Dale W. Laackman’s uncovered never-before-published archival material, census records, and obscure books and letters to tell the story of an emerging communications industry—an industry filled with potential and fraught with peril.” Oh this sounds fascinating.
How did two #PR practitioners reinvigorate a dwindling hate group? Dale Laackman’s SELLING HATE: MARKETING THE KU KLUX KLAN unveils the explosive combination of opportunism, racism, and PR.
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— UGA Press (@UGAPress) October 26, 2020
Sonic Boom: The Impossible Rise of Warner Bros. Records, from Hendrix to Fleetwood Mac to Madonna to Prince
by Peter Ames Carlin
Non-Fiction & Music / Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Published: February 2, 2021
From Hendrix to Fleetwood Mac to Madonna to Artist Formerly Known as Prince this is Sonic Boom: The Impossible Rise of Warner Bros. Records. “From journalist Peter Ames Carlin, Sonic Boom captures the rollicking story of the most successful record label in the history of popular music, Warner Bros. Records, and the remarkable secret to its meteoric rise.” Out now: turn it up.
“There will never be another record company quite like Warner Bros Records… an enterprise that so inhabits the culture of the moment… SONIC BOOM does justice to the label’s accomplishments.” @FinancialTimes @peteramescarlin https://t.co/91h9uhKvkJ pic.twitter.com/z12F1SMuLr
— Henry Holt & Company (@HenryHolt) January 16, 2021
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