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STARRED REVIEW

America Noir: Underground Writers and Filmmakers of the Postwar Era

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Review of ‘America Noir: Underground Writers and Filmmakers of the Postwar Era’

In the years following World War II, Americans entered an era of unprecedented tranquillity and prosperity. True, there was that pesky Korean War business and the threat of nuclear annihilation. Basically, though, the immediate postwar years evolved into the gentle stability of the Eisenhower era. The '50s saw the emergence of television as the primary…

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