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    Superman is Jewish?: How Comic Book Superheroes Came to Serve Truth, Justice, and the Jewish-American Way (CD-Audio) By (author) Harry Brod, Narrator Peter Berkrot

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    DescriptionZeddy Lawrence once said, "It may not be true in all cases, but it's a pretty good rule of thumb. If the word 'man' appears at the end of someone's name you can draw one of two conclusions: a) they're Jewish, as in Goldman, Feldman, or Lipman; or b) they're a superhero, as in Superman, Batman, or Spider-Man." In Superman Is Jewish? Harry Brod reveals the links between Jews and superheroes in a penetrating investigation of iconic comic book figures. He describes how the role of each hero reflects the evolution of the Jewish place in American culture--an alien in a foreign land, like Superman; a figure plagued by guilt for not having saved his family, like Spider-Man; outsiders persecuted for being different (X-Men); a nice, smart guy afraid people won't like him when he's angry (the Hulk). Brod blends humor and sharp observation as he considers these well-known figures' overtly and discreetly Jewish characteristics and talks about how their creators--including Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby--integrated their Jewish identities and their creativity. His lively guided tour takes us from the Passover Haggadah's exciting action scenes of Moses's superpowers to acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winners and overseas animators. Brod has written and lectured extensively on this fun and provocative topic and through his expertise explores the deeper story of how one immigrant group can influence the larger culture through entertainment and, in the process, see itself in new, more empowering ways. Not just for comic book fans, Superman Is Jewish? is a story of America, and is as poignant as it is fascinating.

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    Superman is Jewish?
    How Comic Book Superheroes Came to Serve Truth, Justice, and the Jewish-American Way
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Harry Brod, Narrator Peter Berkrot
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 91 g
    ISBN 13: 9781452658155
    ISBN 10: 1452658153

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
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    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFSR1
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: JFCA
    B&T General Subject: 750
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    Ingram Theme: ETHN/JUDAIC
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC049000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 57400
    DC22: 741.509
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    BISAC V2.8: LIT017000, CGN004080
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    DC22: 741.5/9
    DC23: 306.696
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    LC classification: PN6712 .B76 2012D
    Thema V1.0: JBCC1, JBSR, DSK, XQK
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1KBB
    Thema interest age/special interest qualifier V1.0: 5PGJ
    Edition statement
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    06 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Harry Brod is the editor or coeditor of several books, including "Brother Keepers," "Theorizing Masculinities," and "A Mensch Among Men." A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot held feature roles in "Caddyshack" and Showtime's "Brotherhood." He has recorded over 170 audiobooks, over 100 for children; has been nominated for an Audie Award; and has received a number of "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and starred reviews.
    Review quote
    "This witty, insightful expose delves into the secret identities of the world's most famous superheroes." ---Publishers Weekly