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The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived: How Characters of Fiction, Myth, Legends, Television, and Movies Have Shaped Our Society, Changed Our

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ISBN10: 0061132217
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From Santa Claus to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, from Uncle Sam to Uncle Tom, here is a compelling, eye-opening, and endlessly entertaining compendium of fictional trendsetters and world-shakers who have helped shape our culture and our lives. The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived offers fascinating histories of our most beloved, hated, feared, and revered invented icons and the indelible marks they made on civilization, including:

# 28: Rosie the Riveter, the buff, blue-collar factory worker who helped jump-start the Women's Liberation movement

# 7: Siegfried, the legendary warrior-hero of Teutonic nationalism responsible for propelling Germany into two world wars

# 80: Icarus, the headstrong high-flyer who inspired the Wright brothers and humankind's dreams of defying gravity...while demonstrating the pressing need for flight insurance

# 58: Saint Valentine, the hapless, de-canonized loser who lost his heart and head at about the same time

# 43: BarbiE, the bodacious plastic babe who became a role model for millions of little girls, setting an impossible standard for beauty and style

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"In the opening pages of this entertaining compendium of influential characters, myths and legends, the authors ponder whether the Wright brothers would have built the first airplane without the legendary example of Icarus and Daedalus. Perhaps, the authors muse, the Wright brothers would have built something else altogether. Authors and friends Karlan, a computer programmer, Lazar, a former faculty member at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and Jeremy Salter, an analytical chemist, followed two criteria to determine their admittedly subjective list-'the number of people affected and the depth of impact.' Darth Vader, Charlie Brown and Mr. Whipple did not make the list ('popular' does not always translate as 'influential,' explain the authors). However, Dr. Frankenstein's monster, Uncle Tom, G.I. Joe and HAL 9000 did, largely due to their impact on popular culture and how we define ourselves. Of particular note are the book's 'Did You Know' boxes, which offer figures and trivia." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

A fun and thoughtful exploration is offered of imaginary people who have affected our lives and culture, from Jim Crow and Sherlock Holmes to James Bond and Archie Bunker to Mickey Mouse and Santa Claus.

About the Author

Allan Lazar is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia and did post graduate work at the University of Chicago where he was also a member of the faculty. He has also served on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons as well as Fairleigh Dickinson University Dental School.

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currinc, October 18, 2006 (view all comments by currinc)
It is an interesting concept.
We have heard of these "People" all our lives and some have inspired and some have been an example of" how not to ,,,"
I could not rate it higher or lower since I have not read it.
Some of the names I read in the sample, I have never heard of. That calls for more digging into the story behind this person.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061132216
Author:
Dan Karlan and Allan Lazar and Jeremy Salter
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Author:
Salter, Jeremy
Author:
r, Allan
Author:
Lazar, Allan
Author:
Laza
Author:
Karlan, Dan
Author:
by Dan Karlan and Allan Lazar
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Mythology
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Sociology - General
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.56x5.52x.78 in. .56 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780061132216 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In the opening pages of this entertaining compendium of influential characters, myths and legends, the authors ponder whether the Wright brothers would have built the first airplane without the legendary example of Icarus and Daedalus. Perhaps, the authors muse, the Wright brothers would have built something else altogether. Authors and friends Karlan, a computer programmer, Lazar, a former faculty member at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and Jeremy Salter, an analytical chemist, followed two criteria to determine their admittedly subjective list-'the number of people affected and the depth of impact.' Darth Vader, Charlie Brown and Mr. Whipple did not make the list ('popular' does not always translate as 'influential,' explain the authors). However, Dr. Frankenstein's monster, Uncle Tom, G.I. Joe and HAL 9000 did, largely due to their impact on popular culture and how we define ourselves. Of particular note are the book's 'Did You Know' boxes, which offer figures and trivia." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , A fun and thoughtful exploration is offered of imaginary people who have affected our lives and culture, from Jim Crow and Sherlock Holmes to James Bond and Archie Bunker to Mickey Mouse and Santa Claus.

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