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cspg
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posted 02-26-2009 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Live From the Moon: Film, Television and the Space Race
by Michael Allen
"We choose to go to the Moon, not because it is easy but because it is hard." President John F. Kennedy's words spoke of an American enterprise that rivalled, and echoed, that of the discovery and settling of his own country a century before. At the height of the Cold War between America and Russia, hundreds of spacecraft, both manned and robotic, travelled into outer space - the New Frontier. They sent back awe-inspiring images and sounds from Earth orbit, the Moon, and the planets of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus; they also overturned our preconceptions about our own planet. "Live from the Moon" is the exploratory story of this remarkable cultural and political phenomenon. Expert and enthusiast Mike Allen examines these images sent back from space, their use as propaganda, their value as drama and entertainment, and their spiritual role in shaping humanity's changing view of itself across the second half of the twentieth century. He looks at the complex relationship between space exploration, film and television during these decades to show the synergy between them in pushing forward the frontiers not only of our knowledge of the Universe, but of our need to visualise the furthest reaches of our imaginations in order to fully know what it is to be human.

About the Author
Mike Allen is Lecturer in Film and Electronic Media, Birkbeck College, University of London. His books include 'Family Secrets', a study of D.W. Griffith's feature films and 'Contemporary U.S. Cinema'. He is Editor of 'Reading "CSI" (I.B. Tauris 2007). He has been a space enthusiast since he was ten years' old.

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris (August 4, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1845111699
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845111694

garymilgrom
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posted 02-26-2009 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for this post. I went to Amazon to pre-order but this book is priced over $90. Anyone know why?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-26-2009 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The high price may be due to this book being an import.

cspg
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posted 02-26-2009 11:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've checked both the publisher and amazon.co.uk, but the title is not mentioned.

Chris

cspg
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posted 04-06-2009 12:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's a paperback edition to come out at the same date for $27.50.

Chris.

garymilgrom
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posted 04-06-2009 07:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that update Chris. I've pre-ordered this version. Much obliged, GM

cspg
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posted 04-06-2009 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're most welcome. I too felt that the hardback's price was odd.

Chris.

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