Yale Press authors explore Broadway, investigate Roswell, and report on Latin America

Frank Loesser: Thomas L. RiisEspecially in these winter months, it’s hard to imagine a world without “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and other classic Frank Loesser tunes. Mark Steyn, reviewing Thomas L. Riis’ Frank Loesser for the Wall Street Journal, realizes that “a world without Frank Loesser and ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ would be very cold indeed.” Steyn calls Frank Loesser by Yale Press author Thomas L. Riis “a solid overview of an underappreciated talent.” Steyn not only praises this “invaluable” book, but also Yale University Press as a whole for the “important and valuable Broadway Masters series of musicological studies.” You can read the entire review here.

Frank Loesser, most famous for composing the ever-popular musical Guys and Dolls (1950), also wrote the music and lyrics for the Pulitzer prize-winning How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and other hits. This book is the first to bring the full story of Loesser’s life and creative achievement in Hollywood and on Broadway into the light.

Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America: Robert Alan GoldbergElsewhere in the Wall Street Journal, Max Holland listed the “Five Best” books on untangling the rise of conspiracy theories. Number 2 was Yale Press’ Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern America by Robert Alan Goldberg, which Holland called “unrivaled” for books published within the past decade. You can see Holland’s entire list here.

In this enthralling book Robert Goldberg focuses on conspiracy theories in post-World War II America, examining how they became popular and why they remain so. He investigates conspiracy theories surrounding the Roswell UFO incident, the Communist threat, the rise of the Antichrist, the assassination of President Kennedy, and the Jewish plot against black America. Those who suspect conspiracies are not confined to the lunatic fringe, Goldberg shows. In fact, paranoid rhetoric and thinking are disturbingly widespread and have become an integral part of American political culture.

Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul: Michael ReidYou can tune in tomorrow to KERA Texas public radio to hear Michael Reid, author of Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America’s Soul. His hour-long interview for Think with Krys Boyd will start at noon, February 12, and can be heard online here.

Latin America, home to half-a-billion people, the world’s largest reserves of arable land, and 8.5 percent of global oil, is in the midst of a vast transformation. Michael Reid, a journalist with many years of experience in the region, explores Latin America’s current shift to the political left, its struggle to compete economically, and the potential for democracy to flourish there.

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