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Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich in American Magazines, 1923–1939
Michael Zalampas

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The purpose of this study is to reconstruct the images of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich available to the American general magazine reader from the initial references to him in March, 1923, until his attack on Poland in September, 1939. It is not an analysis of the magazines themselvevs.

Dr. Zalampas limited the study to selected mass-circulation magazines chosen for a variety of reasons. Some were chosen due to the sheer volume of their circulation and conservative bias: Collier's, The Saturday Evening Post, and The Reader's Digest. Some were selected because they were the leading news magazines of their day: The Literary Digest, Time, and Newsweek. Others were included, despite their smaller circulation, because they were read by an affluent, highly educated group important in the shaping of public opinion: Harpers and The Atlantic Monthly. Two were selected because they represented a clearly liberal bias: The Nation and The New Republic.

Michael Zalampas holds doctoral degrees from the University of Kentucky (History) and the University of Louisville (Humanities) and is Professor of History with the University of Kentucky Community College System. At the present, he is conducting research into the coverage of the Holocaust by American magazines from 1940-1945.

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Cover is pink with a blue illustration of Hitler in a black cross.

LC: 89-061742 DD
272 pp.   6 x 9
ISBN-10: 0-87972-461-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-87972-461-0
Cloth $35.95 t
ISBN-10: 0-87972-462-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-87972-462-7
Paper $18.95 t

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