Crazy Rich: Power, Scandal, and Tragedy Inside the Johnson & by Jerry Oppenheimer

By Jerry Oppenheimer

From the founders of the foreign health-care behemoth Johnson & Johnson within the overdue 1800s to the modern Johnsons of at the present time, equivalent to billionaire ny Jets proprietor Robert wooden "Woody" Johnson IV, all is printed during this scrupulously researched, unauthorized biography by way of New York Times bestselling writer Jerry Oppenheimer. frequently in comparison to the Kennedy extended family end result of the tragedies and scandals that had befallen either prosperous and strong households, Crazy Rich, in accordance with ratings of unique, candid, on-the-record interviews, unearths how the  dynasty's great fortune used to be either intoxicating and poisonous throughout the generations of a relations that gave the realm Band-Aids and child Oil. even as, they've been termed perhaps the main dysfunctional relatives within the fortune 500. Oppenheimer is the writer of biographies of the Kennedys, the Clintons, the Hiltons and Martha Stewart, between different American icons.

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And if their presence helped make Copland’s music more popular and commercially viable, it also underscored Copland’s newfound attachment to his own variation of Popular Front aesthetics. By these lights, popular folk music, stories, and legends contained raw materials for new forms of art—and for a better world to come. The revolutionary artist’s task was to help entwine the party with the fabric of national life by seizing upon these popular cultural forms—from detective thrillers to high, lonesome ballads—and infusing them with revolutionary élan.

Although I have backed away from focusing too much on Dylan’s image in American culture, an interesting topic in itself, I have tried to check my own evolving enthusiasms for and disappointments in Dylan as a public figure in considering his art—or at least, as in the chapter on the Philharmonic Hall concert in 1964, I have tried to acknowledge those feelings and incorporate them into my analysis. More an exercise in the historical appreciation of an artist’s work than a piece of conventional cultural criticism, the book dwells on some of the more interesting phases of Dylan’s career, and spends far less time on the less interesting ones.

After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry into World War II allied with the Soviets, the Popular Front style began spreading out far beyond the political and cultural margins. Enlisted against the Axis powers, what had once been a sectarian leftist impulse now looked and sounded patriotic, unifying, and mainstream. The war became popularized as the fight of the common man—the ordinary, dog-faced GI foot soldier—to vindicate democracy, alongside the common men of the other Allies.

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