Steven Watts
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Steven Watts

Steven Watts is a historian and writer who has charted the sweeping evolution of American culture in a number of highly-praised books. His series of biographies of major figures--Henry Ford, Dale Carnegie, Walt Disney, Hugh Hefner--has explored the shaping of a modern value-system devoted to consumerism, self-fulfillment, leisure, and personality. Two earlier books on the Early Republic era examined the shift from an older society of republican virtue to a 19th-century Victorian era devoted to self-control, individual character, and the self-made man. Now his newest book, "John F. Kennedy and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier" (St. Martin's, 2016) offers a compelling new reading of the 35th president as a cultural figure in modern America.

Watts' books have been translated into German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Polish, and Romanian. They have been reviewed in nearly every major newspaper and magazine in the United States, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Review of Books, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Denver Post, USA Today, New Republic, Nation, Commentary, Atlantic, Harper's, Economist, National Review, Reason, and many others. They were also reviewed in scholarly journals such as the Journal of American History and American Quarterly.

Watts' books have led to involvement in a number of media projects, including several films for PBS, the History Channel, and documentary venues in Germany and Brazil. He also has appeared in a variety of programs on CBS, NBC, CNBC, NPR, Fox, Fox News, C-Span, Bloomberg News, MSNBC, BBC, and Irish National Radio.

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    • The People's Tycoon

    • Henry Ford and the American Century
    • By: Steven Watts
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 29 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 147
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119

    How a Michigan farm boy became the richest man in America is a classic, almost mythic tale, but never before has Henry Ford's outsized genius been brought to life so vividly....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • disappointing

    • By John on 04-26-09

    Regular price: $55.93

    • Self-Help Messiah

    • Dale Carnegie and Success in Modern America
    • By: Steven Watts
    • Narrated by: Mark Peckham
    • Length: 17 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Self-Help Messiah tells the story of Carnegie's personal journey and how it gave rise to the movement of self-help and personal reinvention.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Walking the talk

    • By J. M. Batista on 11-25-13

    Regular price: $27.97

    • Mr. Playboy

    • Hugh Hefner and the American Dream
    • By: Steven Watts
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    When Hugh Hefner quit his job at Esquire to start a magazine called Playboy, he didn't just want to make money, he wanted to make dreams come true....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Boring

    • By J. Taliadoros on 02-03-09
    • Hugh Hefner and the American Dream
    • By: Steven Watts
    • Narrated by: Ray Porter
    • Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
    • Release date: 10-06-08
    • 4 out of 5 stars 55 ratings

    Regular price: $27.97

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