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"An exceptional piece of scholarship that adds significantly to the literature of the field . . . gracefully presented in a highly readable form. This book is a model for other broadcast historians who have yet to treat many important developments in the history of a medium that has greatly defined the modern era."—Everette E. Dennis, Executive Director, The Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, Columbia University
"Mary Ann Watson has woven thousands of up-to-now loose strands together in this energetically researched, almost encyclopedic account of how JFK seized on television. It is also the story of how the social, political, and technological dynamics of Kennedy’s era interacted with TV to transform a large part of American life."—Ray Scherer, NBC White House Correspondent, 1951–69
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Mary Ann Watson is Associate Professor of Telecommunications and Film, Eastern Michigan University. The Expanding Vista received the Frank Luther Mott Kappa Tau Alpha Award from the National Journalism Scholarship Society as one of the best books of 1990.