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The Resource JFK and the masculine mystique : sex and power on the New Frontier, Steven Watts

JFK and the masculine mystique : sex and power on the New Frontier, Steven Watts

Label
JFK and the masculine mystique : sex and power on the New Frontier
Title
JFK and the masculine mystique
Title remainder
sex and power on the New Frontier
Statement of responsibility
Steven Watts
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • A cultural examination of the popularity and allure of the thirty-fifth president reveals how Kennedy was tailored to appeal to the public of his time, explaining how he symbolized postwar views about American masculinity
  • "From very early on in his career, John F. Kennedy's allure was more akin to a movie star's than a presidential candidate's. Why were Americans so attracted to Kennedy in the late 1950s and early 1960s--his glamorous image, good looks, cool style, tough-minded rhetoric, and sex appeal? As Steven Watts argues, JFK was tailor-made for the cultural atmosphere of his time. He benefited from a crisis of manhood that had welled up in postwar America, when it was feared that men had become ensnared by bureaucracy softened by suburban comfort, and emasculated by a generation of newly aggressive women. Kennedy promised to revive the modern American man as youthful and vigorous, masculine and athletic, and a sexual conquistador. His cultural crusade involved other prominent figures within Kennedy's circle, including Frank Sinatra, Norman Mailer, Ian Fleming, Hugh Hefner, Ben Bradlee, Kirk Douglas, and John Glenn, who collectively symbolized masculine regeneration. This is not just another standard biography of the youthful president. By examining Kennedy in the context of certain books, movies, social critiques, music, and cultural discussions that framed his ascendancy, Watts shows us the excitement and sense of possibility, the optimism and aspirations, that accompanied the dawn of a new age in America."--Jacket
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Watts, Steven
Dewey number
155.3/32
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Men
  • Kennedy, John F.
  • Role models
  • Masculinity
  • Sex role
  • United States
  • Kennedy, John F.
  • Kennedy, John F
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Masculinity
  • Men
  • United States
  • Civilization
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Masculinity
  • Men
  • Role models
  • Sex role
  • United States
  • Geschlechterrolle
  • Krise
  • Männlichkeit
  • USA
Label
JFK and the masculine mystique : sex and power on the New Frontier, Steven Watts
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-402) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Kennedy Adonais -- The crisis of masculinity in 1950s America -- Style makes the man: candidate John F. Kennedy -- Hollywood cool: Frank Sinatra and the Jack Pack -- Existential tough guy: Norman Mailer -- Secret agent men: Ian Fleming and James Bond -- A philosophy for playboys: Hugh Hefner -- Vigor and virility: President John F. Kennedy -- Celebrity journalist: Ben Bradlee -- Modern warrior: Maxwell Taylor and Edward Lansdale -- The Spartacus syndrome: Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis -- Mercury macho: Alan Shepard and John Glenn -- Epilogue: the masculine mystique
Control code
ocn945693824
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 415 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250049988
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016014387
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026606364
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)945693824
Label
JFK and the masculine mystique : sex and power on the New Frontier, Steven Watts
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 369-402) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Kennedy Adonais -- The crisis of masculinity in 1950s America -- Style makes the man: candidate John F. Kennedy -- Hollywood cool: Frank Sinatra and the Jack Pack -- Existential tough guy: Norman Mailer -- Secret agent men: Ian Fleming and James Bond -- A philosophy for playboys: Hugh Hefner -- Vigor and virility: President John F. Kennedy -- Celebrity journalist: Ben Bradlee -- Modern warrior: Maxwell Taylor and Edward Lansdale -- The Spartacus syndrome: Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis -- Mercury macho: Alan Shepard and John Glenn -- Epilogue: the masculine mystique
Control code
ocn945693824
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 415 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250049988
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2016014387
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40026606364
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)945693824

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