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What We Talked About When We Talked About Fame

In 2015, the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded me an Enduring Questions grant to develop a new course at The College of New Jersey on the meaning of fame from Antiquity to the Enlightenment.  In my previous research and teaching, I had always … Continue reading

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Herman Melville’s April Fool, The Confidence-Man

This weekend we celebrate the 160th anniversary of Herman Melville’s troubling novel The Confidence-Man; His Masquerade. Published on what was then called April Fool Day, the novel features a series of confidence tricks performed on a Mississippi River boat, named … Continue reading

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Liking Ike wins a 2017 PROSE Award

Thanks very much to the Association of American Publishers for giving its 2017 PROSE Award in Media & Cultural Studies to Liking Ike: Eisenhower, Advertising, and the Rise of Celebrity Politics. According to the AAP website, the PROSE Awards, “annually recognize … Continue reading

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Happy Ike Day!

Today marks the 60th anniversary of Ike Day, the star-studded celebration of President Eisenhower’s 66th birthday that was held in the midst of his re-election campaign.   Over ten years ago, I heard about this forgotten moment in American political history … Continue reading

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Liking Ike, the Movie

Well . . . not exactly, but on the eve of its publication, Marshal Zeringue invited me to “dreamcast” a Liking Ike film for his terrific site Campaign for the American Reader. From the post: Liking Ike centers on the personalities who … Continue reading

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Stars! Stars! Stars!

The Eisenhower Memorial Commission has recently released its latest “Pivotal Moment,” part of the E-memorial that will be included in its four-acre urban park at the base of Capitol Hill.  Titled “Winning the Presidency,” this seven-minute documentary is narrated by Tom Brokaw and … Continue reading

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Liking Ike chosen to be TNM’s Weekend Reader

Thanks to The National Memo for selecting an excerpt from my new book, Liking Ike, for its Weekend Reader. From the introduction: A reality star is now a major party presidential candidate, but it turns out, celebrity politics are not … Continue reading

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The Broadway Song That Nominated A President

The astounding success of Hamilton, its capacity to engage audiences from third graders to the president and first lady, reminds us that Broadway musicals have a healthy tradition of mining political history. From 1776 to Evita, songwriters have been fascinated … Continue reading

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The cover for Liking Ike

“See, life and the real stuff of life aren’t always the same thing, Warden — like, one don’t always give you the other, you follow? So sometimes, to get your story across, you gotta work a different angle or two, … Continue reading

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Coming Soon

In July 2016, Oxford University Press will be publishing my book, Liking Ike: Eisenhower, Advertising, and the Rise of Celebrity Politics.  Over the next months, I will be populating this site with blog posts, videos, and images related to the … Continue reading

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