The Good, the Bad, and the Famous

Len Sherman, Author Carol Publishing Corporation $18.95 (244p) ISBN 978-0-8184-0526-6
Why have celebrated actors, athletes and musicians become publicly involved with politics, and what political roles do they play? To answer these questions, documentary film producer/screenwriter/journalist Sherman traveled around America and talked with Charlton Heston, Ed Asner, John Randolph and other performers; political organizer Robert Squier; presidential candidate Bruce Babbitt; TV newsman Sam Donaldson; rock music producer David Krebs; and Congressman Fred (``Gopher'') Grandy of Iowa. Among the questions he asked are: How do the media present politics? Are the media liberal or conservative? How do different TV talk shows treat politicians and celebrities? The answers are worth pondering. Among Sherman's conclusions: Ronald Reagan and Jane Fonda are alike in highhandedly insisting that their individual, limited visions encompass the ``essence of the grander truth.'' The book is instructive reading for concerned citizens; required reading for people in politics. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1990
Release date: 05/01/1990
Genre: Nonfiction
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