New Books: Performing Arts.

Hitler and Film; The Führer’s Hidden Passion by Bill Niven. Yale University Press, 2018. Adolf Hitler’s enthusiasm for film and his influence on Germany’s inner-war industry.

 

Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt. W.W. Norton, 2018. As an aging Elizabeth,1st clung to power, a talented playwright probed the social causes of this aging tyrant’s time.

 

Show Trial; Hollywood, HUAC, and the Birth of the Blacklist by Thomas Doherty. Columbia University Press, 2018. In 1947 the House Committee on Un-American Activities began its investigation into “Communist Subversion” of the film industry.

 

The Nobody’s Girl Friday; The Women Who Ran Hollywood by J.E. Smyth. Oxford University Press, 2018. Women, during the studio era in Hollywood between 1930 and 1950. Forty percent were female.

 

The Whole Church Sings; Congregational Singing in Luther’s Wittenberg by Robin Leaver. Cambridge University Press, 2018 paper. Congregational singing was an integral part of the worship in Wittenberg.

Unbelievable; Why Neither Ancient Creeds nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith in the Twenty-First Century by John Shelby Spong. HarperOne, 2018. Spong has his own pronouncements; maybe they’ll work. 

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