Past Imperfect: History according to the Movies

Past Imperfect: History according to the Movies

Paperback Henry Holt Reference Book

By (author) Mark C. Carnes, Edited by Mark C. Carnes, Edited by Ted Mico, Edited by John Miller-Monzon, Edited by David Rubel

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  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 201mm x 251mm x 20mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 15 November 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0805037608
  • ISBN 13: 9780805037609
  • Edition statement: Owl Book ed
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 1,735,708

Product description

In this widely-acclaimed volume, some of our greatest historians address the facts--and fiction--as seen in Hollywood's often epic recreations of historical events. Distinghuished historians such as Stephen Ambrose, Antonia Fraser, James McPherson, Gerda Lerner, Dee Brown, Frances FitzGerald, David Levering Lewis, and Simon Schama explore the relationship between film and the historical record. Offering hundreds of movie stills, archival photographs, maps, and other illustrations, along with sidebars on related historical events, "Past Imperfect "sheds new light on the uses of history in popular culture.

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"An incisive, often witty compendium that illuminates the movie-making process as it debunks celluloid history and tries to set the record straight. "-"The New York Times" "Past Imperfect . . . will grip and astonish you. "-"The Philadelphia Inquirer" "Blockbustingly good. "-"Booklist"