Free Library Calendar: David Hajdu is a Columbia University professor and New Republic columnist. His latest book, The Ten-Cent Plague, chronicles the rise and fall of the comic book in the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium.
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Amazon Listing "Every once in a while, moral panic, innuendo, and fear bubble up from the depths of our culture to create waves of destructive indignation and accusation. David Hajdu's fascinating new book tracks one of the stranger and most significant of these episodes, now forgotten, with exactness, clarity, and serious wit, which is the best kind. He illuminates the lives of his protagonists -- from pompous, on-the-make censors to cracked comic book geniuses -- with his own graphic powers, as well as his intense intellectual curiosity. The book is a rarity, vividly depicting a noirish 1950's America but without a trace of irony or nostalgia." --Sean Wilentz, Professor of History, Princeton University