Chris Yogerst is assistant professor of communication, Department of Arts and Humanities, at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He is author of From the Headlines to Hollywood: The Birth and Boom of Warner Bros. His next book about the 1941 Senate investigation into motion picture propaganda is due out in 2020.
When the US Government Went After Anti-Nazi Hollywood
LARB presents an excerpt from “Hollywood Hates Hitler! ” by Chris Yogerst....
Forgotten Movie Royalty
A new biography of early cinema’s first family, the Costellos....
Sin, Glamour, and Photography in Hollywood’s Golden Age: On Two Books by Mark A. Vieira
Chris Yogerst praises two books by Mark A. Vieira that document pre-Code Hollywood history through vivid pictures and astute storytelling....
Into the Archives: On “Letters from Hollywood”
Chris Yogerst reviews a revealing collection of letters from the Golden Age of Hollywood....
Mel Brooks, Boomer’s Comedian
Mel Brooks looked for boundaries to cross and conventions to subvert, but his best work rarely came from crossing social and political boundaries....
The Most Powerful Person in Hollywood Without a Studio
The most powerful man in Hollywood didn’t make movies. He was a shady journalist....
How Stan Lee Became the Man Behind Marvel
Chris Yogerst on Bob Batchelor's recent biography of the comic book legend....
Hollywood, Los Angeles Spies, and the Underground Battle Against Hitler
Two new books tell the story of how one alarmed volunteer in L.A.’s Jewish community helped take down Nazi spies in the years leading up to World War II....
The Real and the Imagined in Douglas Rushkoff’s “Aleister & Adolf”
"Aleister & Adolf" emphasizes the importance of understanding how messages are created, how they are used, and how they persist over time....
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