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Reading American Photographs
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Alan Trachtenberg, Neil Gray, Jr., Professor of English and American Studies at Yale University, is the author of The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age.

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"Brilliantly elucidates how an informed cultural historian sees and interprets American images through the camera's eye." --Daniel Aaron, Harvard "Alan Trachtenberg's Reading American Photographs gives fresh and fascinating insights into the household names of phototgraphic history." --Cornell Capa "A splendid book [written with] learning and intellectual passion . . . thoroughly gratifying." --Alfred Kazin "This is a must read for those interested in culture and politics. He brilliantly interprets the past for thepresent." --Wanda M. Corn, Standford University "As Mr. Trachtenberg concludes, 'It is not so much a new but a clarifying light American photographs shed upon American relaity.' That light, as he has richly demonstrated, now illuminates our past in inescapable and powerful ways." --Williams S. McFeely, The New York Times

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