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Inventing the Public Enemy: The Gangster in American Culture, 1918-1934

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In this richly detailed account of mass media images, David Ruth looks at Al Capone and other "invented" gangsters of the 1920s and 1930s. The subject of innumerable newspaper and magazine articles, scores of novels, and hundreds of Hollywood movies, the gangster was a compelling figure for Americans preoccupied with crime and the social turmoil it symbolized. Ruth shows that the media gangster was less a reflection of reality than a projection created from Americans' values, concerns, and ideas about what would sell.

We see efficient criminal executives demonstrating the multifarious uses of organization; dapper, big-spending gangsters highlighting the promises and perils of the emerging consumer society; and gunmen and molls guiding an uncertain public through the shifting terrain of modern gender roles. In this fascinating study, Ruth reveals how the public enemy provides a far-ranging critique of modern culture.

Synopsis:

In this account of mass media images, David Ruth looks at Al Capone and other "invented" gangsters of the 1920s and 1930s. It shows that the media gangster was less a reflection of reality than a projection created from Americans' values, concerns and ideas about what would sell.

Synopsis:

In this richly detailed account of mass media images, David Ruth looks at Al Capone and other 'invented' gangsters of the 1920s and 1930s. The subject of innumerable newspaper and magazine articles, scores of novels, pulp books and plays, and hundreds of Hollywood movies, the gangster was a compelling figure for Americans preoccupied with crime and the social turmoil it symbolized.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-183) and index.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Gangster and Urban America

1. The Individual, Society, and the Uses of Crime

2. Criminal Businessmen

3. Dressed to Kill: Consumption, Style, and the Gangster

4. Bad Men and Dangerous Women

5. The Invention in the Flesh: Al Capone of Chicago

Epilogue

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226732183
Subtitle:
The Gangster in American Culture, 1918-1934
Author:
Ruth, David E.
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Public opinion
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/20s
Subject:
Gangsters
Subject:
Public opinion -- United States.
Subject:
Gangsters -- United States -- Public opinion.
Subject:
Gangsters in popular culture
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Gangsters -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 3
Publication Date:
19960415
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 halftones
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this account of mass media images, David Ruth looks at Al Capone and other "invented" gangsters of the 1920s and 1930s. It shows that the media gangster was less a reflection of reality than a projection created from Americans' values, concerns and ideas about what would sell.
"Synopsis" by , In this richly detailed account of mass media images, David Ruth looks at Al Capone and other 'invented' gangsters of the 1920s and 1930s. The subject of innumerable newspaper and magazine articles, scores of novels, pulp books and plays, and hundreds of Hollywood movies, the gangster was a compelling figure for Americans preoccupied with crime and the social turmoil it symbolized.
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