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Ivan R. Dee.

Ivan R. Dee

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Two important books offer some important historical and social insights. Richard M. Fried's THE MAN EVERYBODY KNEW: BRUCE BARTON AND THE MAKING OF MODERN AMERICA (1566636639, $27.50) tells of the cultural icon of the mid-20th century: an ad man, writer, president's friend and author of the best-selling THE MAN NOBODY KNOWS. Despite his many achievements few know his name today: history professor Fried remedies this omission, telling of his life and times and his influence on modern culture. Marta Petreu's AN INFAMOUS PAST: E.M. CIORAN AND THE RISE OF FACISM IN ROMANIA (1566636078, $30.00) provides a biography of the renowned Romanian-French nihlist philosopher E.N. Cioran, a 20th century thinker seduced by fascism whose relationship with political extremists was to affect his life and work. His problems in Romania and Europe in the 1930s and 40s and his support of Hitler and Lenin uses documentary evidence to trace the evolution of his sentiments. A vivid social and political memoir is created.
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Author:Donovan, Diane C.
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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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