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Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction of 2009

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Chicago Tribune Favorite Nonfiction of 2009

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Louis P . Masur is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of American Institutions and Values at Trinity College in Hartford. Married with two children. His previous books include The Soiling of Old Glory: The Story of a Photograph That Shocked America, 1831: Year of Eclipse, and Autumn Glory: Baseball's First World Series.

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Masur (1831: Year of Eclipse; Autumn Glory: Baseball's First World Series) has written what is essentially the biography of a classic American rock album. In 1975, Bruce Springsteen released Born To Run, a collection of songs articulating the desire to escape, the promise and sometimes futility of personal dreams, and, ultimately, the search for connection and love. After briefly examining Springsteen's early life and work, Masur details the painstaking making of the album, analyzes each song's lyrics and musicality, discusses the album's reception and what he refers to as its spatial and temporal "geography," and relates its impact and continued resonance. Masur includes quotes from published interviews and articles from critics, musicians, and Springsteen himself, who eloquently reflects on his art and vision and the album that defined themes he continues to explore. Verdict Springsteen fans and rock devotees generally will want to read this well-thought-out book. While not a lot of new information is presented, the synthesis of history and analysis of a specific album is different from the many works published about Springsteen.-Jim Collins, Morristown & Morris Twp. Lib., NJ Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Masur, as his title suggests, has 'an affinity for the American themes that permeate [Springsteen's] work,' and his book is essentially an extended cultural essay about those. Chicago Tribune [Lou Masur] combines scholarly rigor and journalistic accessibility. These talents are vividly on display in Runaway Dream, which uses Born to Run as a synecdoche for understanding Springsteen's career as a whole. History News Network With Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen's American Vision, Masur again focuses on a single work of art and its cultural context, and the book shares many strengths with his previous one. The prose remains direct and uncluttered, the research extensive. Barnes and Noble Review

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