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ISBN:
0813390486
Author:
David Simon
Category:
Television
Language:
English
Publisher:
Basic Books; Reprint edition (March 3, 2004)
Pages:
288 pages
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Criminologist David Simon examines Tony's contradictory persona in Tony Soprano's America: The Criminal . One David Simon is a famous author who wrote Homicide and The Corner. He's also known for the TV show The Wire.

Criminologist David Simon examines Tony's contradictory persona in Tony Soprano's America: The Criminal Side of the American Dream. According to Simon, The Sopranos taps into a core condition that many people deal with: can a respectable member of society also engage in criminal behavior? Can an upstanding citizen dishonor his or her parents? Simon poses probing questions, about the Sopranos and the real life version, that deal with morality, heroes, corruption, family life, violence and more.

After asking that very basic question, Mr Simon spends the rest of the book making the case that America is in moral decline. Evidently he never saw Public Enemy with James Cagney (also featured in The Sopranos. Evil anti heroes can often be well liked.

In this book, David Simon uses the popular HBO show The Sopranos as a. .

In this book, David Simon uses the popular HBO show The Sopranos as a metaphor to. describe many of postmodern society’s flaws and shortcomings. Simon is critical of many. many Americans, the characters of The Sopranos have their own unique moral codes, and he. chastises the mass media for helping to create and perpetuate these criminal icons. According to Simon, the character of Tony Soprano is highly contradictory and is. a metaphor for the enormous contradictions that are inherent in our multicultural society. Tony Soprano engages in situational ethics, cheats on his wife, and uses illicit drugs.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-243) and index. Tony Soprano's America looks at the relationship between the American Dream and the manner in which we pursue it.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-243) and index

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Everybody thought Dad was ruthless, says Tony Soprano in the opening episode of The Sopranos, but I gotta hand it to you: if you’d . Tony Soprano’s America: The Criminal Side of the American Dream. Oxford: Westview, 2004.

Everybody thought Dad was ruthless, says Tony Soprano in the opening episode of The Sopranos, but I gotta hand it to you: if you’d been born after those feminists, you would’ve been the real gangster (. ). Livia Soprano, the real gangster of the above statement, represents a new kind of violent woman in visual culture.

Hit Man. Family Man. Drug Dealer. Devoted Dad. Meet Tony Soprano - the chilling mob boss and central character of the popular HBO series The Sopranos . To millions of viewers, Tony is the "good guy," the solid provider who commits nearly every crime conceivable while maintaining a loyal fan following. Tony has defined for us an entirely new, if skewed, moral code. Tony Soprano's America looks at the relationship between the American Dream and the manner in which we pursue it. Like Tony, can we do the effectively expedient thing without sacrificing honor? Must we be held accountable for our behavior? In this fascinating look at the social and family dynamics of Tony's life and at the societal problems that surround it, criminologist David Simon takes the reader through crime in America: from the streets to the boardroom, from the local hood to far-reaching international syndicates. Updated with a new preface.THIS BOOK WAS NOT PREPARED, LICENSED, APPROVED, OR ENDORSED BY ANY ENTITY INVOLVED IN CREATING OR PRODUCING The Sopranos TELEVISION SERIES
  • Rageseeker
The author claims this TV drama portrays contemporary culture. What about 'Father Knows Best', or 'Mayberry RFD', or 'All in the Family'? Weren't they all hit shows in their day? Is 'The Sopranos' a modern dress version of 'I, Claudius'? Would the plots be usable for 'At Home with Cesare Borgia'? Can a work of fiction ever be a measure of society? Perhaps its popularity is due to its dealing with usually unreported facts (like 'The Untouchables'). Or the fantasy of a strong and powerful man who can do as he pleases (think of James Bond or a John Wayne film).
I wonder how reliable are its statements? Page 9 claims the murder rate of America is "ten times higher than Europe, Canada, and Japan combined". But the rate of violent deaths in America is less than in many European countries or Japan, and just above Canada's! Page 11 claims poverty was not a social problem before JFK! That would be news to FDR or Truman. Simon uses his sociological imagination to analyze this show as a case study. This would be a better book if it was based on a real "Middletown" rather than a fantasy TV drama.
Page 14 talks about the pursuit of financial success as if this was strange, but De Tocqueville said the same thing around 1835. Did they have today's problems then? Simon then says America is "anti-intellectual" because success involves making money, not education! But what about Europe and its history? Is there much difference? Page 16 talks about putting businessmen into government. Was it different under King James II, Louis XIV, or the Caesars? Page 157 says people can "keep only $1 in every $2 they earn over $5000"; he needs to do better research.
Chapter 6 compares crime in America to a department store of many levels, from the bottom to the top. Street gangs, organized crime, white-collar crime, banks and major corporations, the criminal justice system, and, crime in Government Intelligence Agencies. I found this the most interesting section of the book. Are we doomed? Chapter 8 contrasts the realities of everyday life to what we learned in Civics Class. Simon claims a bewildered and disillusioned public react with skepticism and cynicism. And this keeps people from acting to correct their problems.
Chapter 9 proposes solutions to the many problems of today's America. Simon correctly states that nothing worthwhile can be achieved without collective action. I think the same history tells us that his solution is worthless ("join a local church ... oppose environmental destruction ..."). If the problems are caused by the corporate control of politicians since the 1860s, then the solution is to rebuild democracy by eliminating corporate power on the state and national level. Other books have made this point ("Wealth and Democracy" by Kevin Phillips). You must start with a new political party that is NOT controlled by the "two party system". It won't be easy. Corporate power, like hell, is not easily conquered.
  • shustrik
If David Simon's personal values and political orientation are crucial to your life, don't miss this book by any means. If you aren't aware of what his personal values and politics are, just watch the editorial columns of your local newspaper for 3 or 4 days, focusing on the writers of whom you've never heard or cared. If you don't want to spend even that much time, I'll mention that Simon appears fascinated by redistributionist cant and utopian (read as impractical and impossible) social democracy. He doesn't care much for any of the national administrations in recent years, including that of the Clintons and seems to wish we'd have something along the lines of a French or German polity of the last half dozen years. None of that is illegal, although I tend to think that the concepts are foolish and impractical. What did offend me (more than my lost $15 or 20 purchase price) was the shameless appropriation of David Chase's and James Gandolfini's work to sell social and political ideas that are barely relevant to it, if at all. If you don't know or care who David Simon is or what his personal critiques of America are (and he ain't Tocqueville by a long shot) save your money and effort and avoid this dime a dozen rant.
  • Hugifyn
One David Simon is a famous author who wrote Homicide and The Corner. He has his own Amazon author page. He's also known for the TV show The Wire. He's awesome.

This is apparently a different David Simon, but the amazon Kindle store shows both authors in . That is certainly not the fault of the less famous author, but it does lead to some confusion.

As far as this book goes, skip it. It barely glances off the Sopranos TV show, noting the same paradox every TV reviewer has mentioned since Season 1: How can Tony be such a loveable character when he is so cruel and violent, selfish and lazy, etc., etc.? The answer isn't that difficult to figure out, and it was even mentioned in the show. Sociopaths can be charming. We get it.

After asking that very basic question, Mr Simon spends the rest of the book making the case that America is in moral decline. Evidently he never saw Public Enemy with James Cagney (also featured in The Sopranos.) Evil anti heroes can often be well liked. It's no recent development. My politics are pretty similar to Mr Simon's. It's not that I disagreed with him... it's that nobody needs to pay to be preached at for an entire book. This book does not inform or entertain... it's a whiny diatribe.
  • Chankane
While this book is heavily promoted as an analyis of contemporary America in light of the Sopranos, it is awfully light on the Sopranos side. Basically, a snippet of plot description from "The Sopranos" is used as a lead-in to each chapter, which then heads into dry sociological analysis.
Why is it I have the suspicion that this book originally lacked any mention of the Sopranos, but then received the snippets, the title, and the heavy promotion to get some portion of the Soprano fan market? I guess it worked, I bought it without taking too much of a look at it.
It isn't even very good sociology. It makes all sorts of claims and statements without citing statistics or having footnotes.
Not really worth it. Browse it in the bookstore and decide for yourself, but there really isn't much here.
  • Gagas
This book represents a new low in social and political commentary.
Disguised as an analysis of the Soprano's success and how that reflects on American Society is a complete farce. The irony is that the author is pushing his Western European Socialist agenda using the guise of one of the more sucessful and profitable American TV shows of the past decade.
Would anyone buy this book without the Soprano's hook?
It's not even well written. The Soprano's themes don't even fit into the commentary that follows in each chapter. It's amatuerish at best and I've seen better writing in high school news papers.