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

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

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.

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

GENERAL
AuthorDavid E. Ruth
BindingPaperback
LanguageEnglish
Edition1
ISBN-100226732185
ISBN-139780226732183
PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
Number Of Pages200
Publication Date1996-04-15
DIMENSIONS
Height9 inch.
Length6 inch.
Width0.6 inch.
Weight0.84 pounds.

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