I have read many books related to war, but they are mostly about the war, eg history (Rise & Fall of the 3rd Reich), economics (The Wages of Destruction), holocaust (Hitler's Willing Executioners), from which I have learned a lot. But as a reader, I remained at a distance from the experience of the war, the proverbial "arm-chair" observer. So I thank you for referring me to Intimate Voices and a closer encounter to this violent wound in human history. ...It evoked a dimension of empathy and compassion.
This is a unique read that puts the horror and stupidity of war up close and personal. And it brought so much of what I have previously read as an observer up close and much more personal. It reminds me that I have had a life of grace in that I have been spared the experience of war - at least so far.
"Flickering Empire" tells the fascinating yet little-known story of how Chicago served as the unlikely capital of American film production in the years before the rise of Hollywood (1907-1913). As entertaining as it is informative, "Flickering Empire "straddles the worlds of academic and popular nonfiction in its vivid illustration of the rise and fall of the major Chicago movie studios in the mid-silent era (principally Essanay and Selig Polyscope). Colorful, larger-than-life historical figures, including Thomas Edison, Charlie Chaplin, Oscar Micheaux, and Orson Welles, are major players in the narrative--in addition to important though forgotten industry titans, such as "Colonel" William Selig, George Spoor, and Gilbert "Broncho Billy" Anderson.
About the Author
Michael Glover Smith is an independent filmmaker whose most recent films, "At Last, Okemah!" (2009) and "The Catastrophe" (2011), have won multiple awards at film festivals across the United States. He has taught film history and aesthetics at Oakton Community College, Triton College, Harold Washington College, and the College of Lake County, and lectures at Northwestern University and Facets Multimedia.Adam Selzer lives in Chicago and is a tour guide and the author of several books on history and folklore, including "The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History."