FALL 2010 CATALOG
Six Decades of American Television, Expanded Second Edition
Harry Castleman and Walter J. Podrazik
"Castleman and Podrazik have put together a well-researched,
tightly written documentary on the development
of the television industry and the individuals
"The authors have meticulously documented an in-depth
survey of the entire world of TV trends and programming
from the industry’s beginnings, presenting along the way
some very judicious critical analyses."
"[This] is an honest but affectionate chronicle that never
loses sight of the more serious side of television while,
thankfully, not taking itself too seriously."
Castleman and Podrazik present a sweeping season-by-season survey,
capturing the essence of television from its inception to the present. The
authors have dug through mounds of obscure facts, offbeat anecdotes,
and the complicated network strategies that have made television a
multibillion-dollar industry. By presenting every prime-time schedule, season
by season, from the fall of 1944, Watching TV provides a fascinating
history of how the personalities, popular shows, and coverage of key
events have evolved during the past six decades.
Full of facts, firsts, insights, and exploits, as well as rare and memorable
photographs, Watching TV is the standard history of American
television. This expanded edition includes thorough coverage up to the
2009–10 television season.
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Harry Castleman practices law in Boston and has written seven other
popular culture books with Podrazik. He has worked as a media producer
and consultant for a number of political organizations and campaigns.
He has also been a guest lecturer on TV history at Boston University’s
College of Communication.
Walter J. Podrazik is a communications and
logistics consultant. He is a media contributor for NPR affiliate WBEZ
in Chicago and has taught college and secondary school writing and
communication classes. He serves as Creative Resources Director for
Heartland Historical Research Service.
8 1/2 x 11, 504 pages, 121 black-and-white