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The Secret Parts of Fortune: Three Decades of Intense Investigations and Edgy Enthusiasms

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One part intellectual and one part private eye, Ron Rosenbaum takes readers into "the secret parts" of the great mysteries, controversies, and enigmas of our time, including:

  • the occult rituals of Skull and Bones, the legendary Yale secret society that has produced spies and presidents, including George Bush and George W. Bush.

  • the Secrets of the Little Blue Box, the classic story of "Captain Crunch" and the birth of hacker culture.

  • the "unorthodox" cancer-cure clinics of Tijuana.

  • the Great Ivy League Nude Posture Photo Scandal.

  • the unsolved murder of JFK's mistress.

Also including sharp, funny cultural critiques that range from Elvis to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Bill Gates to Oliver Stone, and J.D. Salinger to the Zagat® guide, The Secret Parts of Fortune is a vital record of American culture.

Synopsis:

One part intellectual and one part private eye, Ron Rosenbaum takes readers into "the secret parts" of the great mysteries, controversies, and enigmas of our time, including:

  • the occult rituals of Skull and Bones, the legendary Yale secret society that has produced spies and presidents, including George Bush and George W. Bush.

  • the Secrets of the Little Blue Box, the classic story of "Captain Crunch" and the birth of hacker culture.

  • the "unorthodox" cancer-cure clinics of Tijuana.

  • the Great Ivy League Nude Posture Photo Scandal.

  • the unsolved murder of JFK's mistress.

Also including sharp, funny cultural critiques that range from Elvis to Elisabeth KÜbler-Ross, Bill Gates to Oliver Stone, and J.D. Salinger to the Zagat® guide, The Secret Parts of Fortuneis a vital record of American culture.

About the Author

Ron Rosenbaum grew up on Long Island, New York. A graduate of Yale with a degree in English literature, he left Yale Graduate School to write full-time. His essays and journalism have appeared in Harper's, Esquire, The New Republic, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker; he's done eight cover stories for the New York Times Magazine. He is the author of four previous books, including one novel and three collections of his essays and journalism, most recently Travels with Dr Death and Other Unusual Investigations.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and historian Thomas Powers called him "one of the few distinctive voices of modern American literary journalism." His work has been characterized by the essayist Phillip Lopate as combining "the skills of a terrific investigative reporter and an accomplished literary stylist with an idiosyncratic streak all his own."

More than ten years ago, he began investigating certain unresolved controversies among Hitler biographers, and ultimately embarked on an odyssey that took him from Vienna and Munich to London, Paris, and Jerusalem. The book that emerged combines original research and dramatic face-to-face encounters with historians, philosophers, psychologists, and theologians as they attempt to account for the elusive figure of Adolf Hitler and the meanings projected upon him by his explainers.

Currently Ron Rosenbaum writes for the New York Times Magazine, and The New York Observer, and teaches a course on literary journalism at the Columbia Graduate School of journalism.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060934460
Subtitle:
Three Decades of Intense Investigations and Edgy Enthusiasms
Author:
Rosenbaum, Ron
Author:
by Ron Rosenbaum
Author:
Engelbreit, Mary
Author:
Moore, Clement C.
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Celebrities
Subject:
Holidays & Festivals - Christmas
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20010619
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from PreS to 3
Language:
English
Pages:
848
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.41 in 21.52 oz
Age Level:
from 3 to 8

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One part intellectual and one part private eye, Ron Rosenbaum takes readers into "the secret parts" of the great mysteries, controversies, and enigmas of our time, including:

  • the occult rituals of Skull and Bones, the legendary Yale secret society that has produced spies and presidents, including George Bush and George W. Bush.

  • the Secrets of the Little Blue Box, the classic story of "Captain Crunch" and the birth of hacker culture.

  • the "unorthodox" cancer-cure clinics of Tijuana.

  • the Great Ivy League Nude Posture Photo Scandal.

  • the unsolved murder of JFK's mistress.

Also including sharp, funny cultural critiques that range from Elvis to Elisabeth KÜbler-Ross, Bill Gates to Oliver Stone, and J.D. Salinger to the Zagat® guide, The Secret Parts of Fortuneis a vital record of American culture.

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