The Lindbergh Syndrome

The Lindbergh Syndrome : Heroes and Celebrities in a New Gilded Age

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Why was Charles Lindbergh, a hero in the eyes of the author because of transatlantic flight and his self-effacing nature, turned into a celebrity in spite of his wish to return to private life? In seeking to answer this question the author looks at it as a general phenomenon that recurs throughout American history. Drawing a strict demarcation between heroes and celebrities, he argues that celebrities tend to be constructed as media events in periodic gilded ages--1865-1877, 1920-1929, 1945-1963, and 1982-2001--characterized by catharsis following national crisis, hyper-patriotism and intolerance of dissent, anti-intellectualism, tabloid media, boom-bust financial markets and Wall Street scandals, tolerance for criminal behavior but not for sexual immorality, laissez-faire government and passive presidents, increased public gullibility and social fads, escapism favored over seriousness, and desire for instant gratification. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR ( more

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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.3mm | 385.56g
  • Fenestra Books,US
  • Tucson, United States
  • English
  • 1587364735
  • 9781587364730