Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters: What Harper Lee's Book and America's Iconic Film Mean to Us Today

Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters: What Harper Lee's Book and America's Iconic Film Mean to Us Today

Tom Santopietro, an author well-known for his writing about American popular culture, delves into the heart of the beloved classic and shows readers why To Kill a Mockingbird matters more today than ever before.

With 40 million copies sold, To Kill a Mockingbird's poignant but clear eyed examination of human nature has cemented its status as a global classic. Tom Santopietro's new book, Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters, takes a 360 degree look at the Mockingbird phenomenon both on page and screen.

Santopietro traces the writing of To Kill a Mockingbird, the impact of the Pulitzer Prize, and investigates the claims that Lee's book is actually racist. Here for the first time is the full behind the scenes story regarding the creation of the 1962 film, one which entered the American consciousness in a way that few other films ever have. From the earliest casting sessions to the Oscars and the 50th Anniversary screening at the White House, Santopietro examines exactly what makes the movie and Gregory Peck's unforgettable performance as Atticus Finch so captivating.

As Americans yearn for hope and an end to divisiveness, there is no better time to look at the significance of Harper Lee's book, the film, and all that came after.

Title:Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters: What Harper Lee's Book and America's Iconic Film Mean to Us Today
ISBN:9781250163752
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About Tom Santopietro

Tom Santopietro is the author of seven books: Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters, Barbara Cook: Then and Now, the bestselling The Sound of Music Story, The Godfather Effect: Changing Hollywood, America, and Me, Sinatra in Hollywood, Considering Doris Day (New York Times Sunday Book Review Editor’s Choice) and The Importance of Being Barbra. A frequent media commentator and interviewer, he lectures


    Why To Kill a Mockingbird Matters: What Harper Lee's Book and America's Iconic Film Mean to Us Today Reviews

  • Roxane

    I did not care for this book. At all. Review forthcoming. ...

  • Carol

    4+ Enlightening Stars for me! NELLE HARPER LEE - April 28, 1926 - February 19, 2016. Its all here....How it all came to be....the novel, the screenplay, the movie, and discussion of "America's Origina...

  • Cheryl

    Why to kill a mockingbird matters by Tom SantopietroAs much a biography of Harper Lee as it is a telling of the era’s racial climate surrounding the book’s publication, subsequent film production ...

  • Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- Tom Santopietro, an author well-known for his writing about American popu...

  • SundayAtDusk

    Since I recently read Joseph Crespino's Atticus Finch: The Biography, I'm not sure why I decided to read this book by Tom Santopietro. I'm not really a fan of To Kill a Mockingbird, and only read it a...

  • Jaclyn

    Admittedly I wanted to read this after reading Roxane Gay’s review - To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) is a very special book in my life and for all its faults is one of the most iconic books of its time...

  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)

    I've enjoyed Tom Santopietro's books about the movies and the stars (The Sound of Music Story, Considering Doris Day, etc.), so I was looking forward to his treatment of To Kill a Mockingbird. I have ...

  • Brent Soderstrum

    I won this book through GoodReads First Read program.I had never read TKAM nor had I seen the movie before winning this book. I figured it was a sign that I needed to do so. I read the book and watche...

  • Anna

    This book had a LOT of information about Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird. I felt like I probably should have re-read To Kill a Mockingbird and probably read Go Set A Watchman before I started thi...

  • Exapno Mapcase

    This is a Goodreads First Reads review.Santopietro provides a thorough look at Harper Lee’s most famous work. He starts out with Ms. Lee herself, with a childhood that closely resembled Scout’s an...