The 1950s’ Most Wanted
Part of Potomac’s Most Wanted series, The 1950s’ Most Wanted takes readers on a trip through the Eisenhower decade – a time much more dark than Happy Days reruns would suggest. Every topic you’d expect to find is here (films, TV, book, cars, music and so forth) as well as chapters on less expected subjects: last words of famous people; closeted gay celebrities; TV shows pitched but not produced; what future celebrities were up to in the 1950s.
Written in a breezy, if sardonic style, this book is more than an exercise in nostalgia, instead showing readers that, very often: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
“Fun knowledge to discuss and laugh about while somehow connecting our present and our past.”
— Tim Taylor, Blogcritics
“An ideal stocking stuffer for that family member who, after a few too many ladlefuls of eggnog, won’t stop reminding you that things were better then.”
—Chris Sahl, Popmatters
“Robert Rodriguez is a skilled and often droll writer, focusing on the minutia of the era’s culture as seen through the eyes of those who lived it. It takes a certain amount of finesse to present such topics as long-forgotten hit TV shows, crime, famous last words, and urban legends and present them in a way that makes them seem almost contemporary, as well as relevant, but Mr. Rodriguez pulls this off.”
— Google Books user reviews
Read an excerpt here