"An Extraordinary book ... it offers to turn upside-down our most dearly held understandings about how American culture has evolved." Van Gosse, American Quarterly
"As fresh a synthesis of the distinctive culture of the 1930s and 1940s as you are likely to find anywhere." Times Literary Supplement
"Denning's archaeological dig redefines as it reclaims the music, novels and movies of the Popular Front ... he is restoring a perspective that has been almost totally erased." Village Voice
"An immense achievement ... the most important book yet written on American culture in the age of the CIO." Michael Rogin, Journal of American History
The Cultural Front charts the extraordinary upsurge of cultural activity and theory in America that began during the Great Depression and embraced Disney animators and proletarian novelists alike, alongside Orson Welles, Duke Ellington, John Dos Passos, C. L. R James and Billie Holiday. Spawned by the Popular Front social movement, it grew to encompass virtually every aspect of high and popular art in the US, instigating one of the most culturally rich and exciting periods in American history.
" A truly wonderful piece of history.A" The Progressive As fresh a synthesis of the distinctive culture of the 1930s and 1940s as you are likely to find anywhere.A" Times Literary Supplement An immense achievement - the most important book yet written on American culture in the age of the CIO.A" Journal of American History"