Bob Cannon
April 02, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Poplorica

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Martin J. Smith, Patrick J. Kiger
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it an A-

According to this droll pop history, modern American life owes as much to TV dinners, disposable diapers, and the Edsel as to any war. For instance, Gorgeous George, the flamboyant, androgynous wrestler of the ’50s, paved the way for outre athletes like today’s Dennis Rodman. There’s wisdom behind the wit too. Smith and Kiger note that the 1902 invention of air-conditioning enabled the mass migration to the Sunbelt, eventually influencing presidential elections and — egad! — serious history. Poplorica is a thought-provoking book that guarantees you’ll never look at a velvet Elvis the same way again.

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