Chad Comello

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Far from unreadable, this is nevertheless best for daring readers ready to be challenged and for libraries with robust philosophy and cultural studies collections.

Sleeping with Strangers: How the Movies Shaped Desire

Cinephiles with critical eyes will get the most out of this exploration of "beauty on screen, desire in our heads, and the alchemy they make in the dark." [See Prepub Alert, 8/27/18.]

Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies and the Mob

Fans of mob movies and unlikely success stories will find Russo's account compelling.—Chad Comello, Morton Grove P.L., IL

The Rise of Andrew Jackson: Myth, Manipulation, and the Making of Modern Politics

Presidential biography completists will find H.W. Brands's Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times more comprehensive, but this condensed political history will serve anyone seeking context about the country's first convention-breaking leader.

Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost Hero

Still, this concise and accessible primer on a significant but mostly forgotten figure offers a great read for those interested in early American history beyond the usual names.

Hitler and Film: The Führer's Hidden Passion

Academic in tone but accessible to general readers, this is best suited for the cross-section of cinephiles and World War II buffs with a bent toward Hitler scholarship.

Show Trial: Hollywood, HUAC, and the Birth of the Blacklist

For readers who appreciate both Hollywood's golden age and the postwar politics that animated it.

The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made

A well-written chronicle of the 28th president's ambition, ideals, and also failed potential.

The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

Jean Edward Smith's Eisenhower: In War and Peace is more comprehensive, but Hitchcock impressively recasts Eisenhower and his era as more dynamic than their historical reputations.

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