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"A convincing and perceptive analysis that provides a careful sociological portrait of advertising agency people in the 1920s and 1930s. Marchand has rare talent for bringing out things in the ads that the reader would not have seen alone."--Michael Schudson, University of California, San Diego "This work illuminates some of the most important developments in twentieth-century America."--T.J. Jackson Lears, Rutgers University
A revealing look at advertising from 1920 to 1940 examines how, through anticipation of a more complex, urban society, advertisers discovered new ways to play on anxiety and manipulate images to promote a self-sustaining "consumption ethic."
A revealing look at advertising from 1920 to 1940 examines how, through anticipation of a more complex, urban society, advertisers discovered new ways to play on anxiety and manipulate images to promote a self-sustaining "consumption ethic."
"If there was a book like Brought to You By when I came into the advertising business, it would have saved me ten years of hard knocks. I plan to buy it by the box load and hand it out as my gift to any young person who expresses interest in getting into the advertising business." ?Jerry Della Femina, President, Jerry Della Femina & Partners "The most exciting and comprehensive explanation of how a single medium rose to be one of the most definitive forces in our culture." ?John Gerzema, Managing Director, Fallon NYC "A fun-filled journey of reminiscences for those of us old enough to remember the early days of TV advertising. Samuel also provides a powerful analogy that puts the roles of regulation, freedom, and the profit motive of the Internet in perspective." ?Paul J. Groncki, Ph.D., VP, Director of Marketing Research, J.P. Morgan "Incredibly thought-provoking for anyone interested in the shaping of our commercial culture." ?Megan Kent, Executive Director, Brand Planning, Bozell Worldwide "All scholars interested in how and why advertisers used commercials to advance a triumphant and optimistic American Way will find Brought to You By an exciting read." ?Lary May, Professor of American Studies, University of Minnesota "This important book examines and credits, warts and all, the undeniable engine behind our country's thirst for growth and belief in endless possibilities?the television commercial." ?Mark R. Morris, Chairman, Bates North America "For the general reader or the specialist seeking to understand the commercial roots of our experience economy, I cannot imagine a more perceptive guide." ?John F. Sherry, Jr., Professor of Marketing, Northwestern University "Fascinating reading, capturing a pivotal moment in the shaping of the most powerful generation in history, baby boomers." ?Benny Sommerfeld, Business Development Manager, Volvo Cars N.A.
There is no better way to understand America than by understanding the cultural history of the American Dream. Rather than just a powerful philosophy or ideology, the Dream is thoroughly woven into the fabric of everyday life, playing a vital role in who we are, what we do, and why we do it. No other idea or mythology has as much influence on our individual and collective lives. Tracing the history of the phrase in popular culture, Samuel gives readers a field guide to the evolution of our national identity over the last eighty years.Samuel tells the story chronologically, revealing that there have been six major eras of the mythology since the phrase was coined in 1931. Relying mainly on period magazines and newspapers as his primary source material, the author demonstrates that journalists serving on the front lines of the scene represent our most valuable resource to recover unfiltered stories of the Dream. The problem, Samuel reveals, is that it does not exist; the Dream is just that, a product of our imagination. That it is not real ultimately turns out to be the most significant finding and what makes the story most compelling.
In an authoritative, yet personal, examination of the growing inequality gap, a leading humanist and renowned scientist who has consulted for the last four U.S. Presidents, drawing on poignant life stories of rich and poor kids across the country, provides a disturbing account of the American dream. By the author of Bowling Alone. Includes 30 charts and graphs.

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