Frederick J. Augustyn

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Cocktails with George and Martha: Movies, Marriage, and the Making of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’

Multilayered and eminently revisitable (like the play and the film), Gefter’s wonderful book helps readers reevaluate vis-à-vis values prevalent half a century later.
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Tuned In: Memoirs of a Piano Man

This vicarious adventure and engaging memoir teaches that learning a marketable trade, in this case piano tuning, can be a useful underpinning for seeking goals that seem out of reach. Includes insightful anecdotes about music stars.
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Music and the Idea of a World

A distinctive exploration of the many meanings of music. Best for music theorists and those with a background in philosophy.
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Casablanca’s Conscience

Whalen gives readers with an opportunity to revisit a multilayered film and arms them with insights from varied philosophical perspectives. Pair it with a more traditional history, like The Making of “Casablanca” by Aljean Harmetz.
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God Gave Rock and Roll to You: A History of Contemporary Christian Music

This breezy yet fact-filled romp through the Christian side of American popular culture from 1897 to the present will be eye-opening for many secular readers.
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The Bulldog Detective: William J. Flynn and America’s First War Against the Mafia, Spies, and Terrorists

Readers intrigued by recent FBI histories such as Beverly Gage’s G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century should access this first comprehensive biography of one of Hoover’s predecessors. It has the rapid pace of a spy novel. For specialists and generalists alike.

Charlie Chaplin and the Nazis: The Long German Campaign Against the Artist

An incredibly detailed and successful book about Charlie Chaplin that does not lose film fans. More general readers can skip over much of the thorough analysis but still benefit from the book.
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Goodbye Russia: Rachmaninoff in Exile

Music specialists and casual readers will find this an absorbing account of Rachmaninoff’s years in exile.

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