America's Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a by Joshua Kendall PDF

American History

By Joshua Kendall

ISBN-10: 1455518441

ISBN-13: 9781455518449

While so much people reflect on Charles Lindbergh, we photo a speeding twenty-five-year-old aviator stepping out of the Spirit of St. Louis after finishing his solo flight around the Atlantic. What we don't see is the awkward highschool pupil, who most well-liked ogling new contraptions on the ironmongery shop to observing women stroll by means of of their summer time attire. definite, Lindbergh's targeted mind-set invented the pre-flight list, yet his obsession with order additionally led him to call for that his spouse and 3 German mistresses account for all their family costs in particular ledgers.
Lucky Lindy is only one of numerous American icons whom Joshua Kendall places at the psychologist's sofa in AMERICA'S OBSESSIVES. during this interesting examine the arc of yank heritage throughout the lens of compulsive habit, he exhibits how a few of our nation's maximum achievements-from the assertion of Independence to the discovery of the iPhone-have roots within the disappointments and frustrations of early childhood.
Starting with the obsessive natures of a few of Silicon Valley's titans, together with Steve Jobs, Kendall strikes directly to profile seven iconic figures, similar to founding father Thomas Jefferson, licentious librarian Melvil Dewey, condiment kingpin H. J. Heinz, slugger Ted Williams, and Estee Lauder. This final character used to be so captivated with touching different women's faces that she reworked her compulsion right into a multibillion-dollar cosmetics corporation.
Entertaining and instructive, Kendall deals up a number of scoops alongside the best way: Little do so much american citizens understand that Charles Lindbergh, below the alias Clark Kent, sired seven childrens along with his 3 German "wives." As Lindbergh's daughter Reeve informed Kendall, "Now i do know why he used to be long past rather a lot. I additionally comprehend why he used to be thrilled while i used to be studying German."

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Some stars, who were making more in a single week than most working people made in an entire year, lived lives of conspicuous consumption, spending untold sums on houses, cars, and elaborate, often drug-fueled parties—and fans longed to know what that was like, even if only vicariously. Realizing that there was money to be made, mainstream newspapers began to run stories about the decadent lifestyles of Hollywood celebrities, which film fans could hardly wait to read and share with each other. Although much of what was reported in the stories about movie stars was fabricated, a distressing amount was true.

Although Arbuckle was never convicted of the crime, his career was effectively over after he was put on trial in 1922 (Lewis, 2002). Realizing that some aspects of Hollywood were, indeed, out of control, and that stories such as that involving Arbuckle could negatively affect their financial bottom line, the studios created the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) in 1922 (see: Motion Pictures Producers and Distributors of America). The MPPDA was headed up by former postmaster general Will Hays, to whom fell the task of convincing local and state-level reform groups that the film industry was every bit as concerned as they were that Hollywood remain scandal free and concern itself only with producing films that were wholesomely entertaining and that provided appropriate social messages.

Murnau’s Sunrise, were really hybrid offerings, mixing together silent and sound formats. But there was no disguising the fact that viewers wanted pictures with sound, and after 1927, studios invested heavily in producing the sound films that their audiences craved. Although it did not have quite the effect on film production and viewing that sound did, the introduction of color nevertheless dramatically changed the way films were produced and viewed (see: Color). Experiments with coloring film date back to the middle of the nineteenth century, and by 1905, the French Pathe´ company had moved from hand tinting film to running it through tinting machines, making the process much less labor intensive and time consuming.

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