History by Hollywood: The Use and Abuse of the American Past

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University of Illinois Press, 1996 - Performing Arts - 267 pages
Succinct and accessible. Toplin has raised a number of significant questions for historians and others concerned with the ethical and intellectual aspects of historical filmmaking." Reviews in American History "A 'must read' for those who study, research, and write about the history of the motion picture." Journal of Popular Film and Television "This smart, instructive book benefits from very real strengths--thorough research augmented by new interviews with filmmakers, precise writing accompanied by an appreciation for complexity--but perhaps most refreshing is its sense of fairness." Publishers Weekly "A timely attempt to open new dialogues about the ways historians present their work and reach wider audiences.

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Robert Brent Toplin is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and the Film Review editor of The Journal of American History. He is also the principal developer of four historical dramas that have appeared nationally on PBS Television.

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