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Benson, Michael

Overview
Works: 88 works in 234 publications in 1 language and 13,115 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Juvenile works  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biographies  Encyclopedias  Catalogs  Drama  Television comedies  True crime stories 
Roles: Author
Classifications: GV1032.E18, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Michael Benson
Escape from Dannemora : Richard Matt, David Sweat, and the Great Adirondack manhunt by Michael Benson( )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete story of the prison break and manhunt that kept America spellbound
Why the Grateful Dead matter by Michael Benson( )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Why the Grateful Dead Matter, veteran writer and lifelong Deadhead Michael Benson argues that the Grateful Dead are not simply a successful rock-and-roll band but a phenomenon central to American culture. He defends the proposition that the Grateful Dead are, in fact, a musical movement as transformative as any -ism in the artistic history of this century and the last. And a lot more fun than most. From the street festivals of Haight-Ashbury to the cross-country acid tests with the Merry Pranksters, and from the sound-and-light show at the Great Pyramid at Giza to the ecstatic outpouring of joy at Soldier Field in the summer of '15, the Grateful Dead have been at the center of American life, music, and karmic flow for fifty years. In Why the Grateful Dead Matter, Michael Benson brings it all back to life and makes a compelling case for the band's lasting cultural importance."--Publisher description
Dale Earnhardt by Michael Benson( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and held by 594 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography which focuses on the racing career of Dale Earnhardt, the winner of the 1994 Winston Cup championship
Space odyssey : Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the making of a masterpiece by Michael Benson( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the film's release, this is the definitive story of the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey, acclaimed today as one of the greatest films ever made, including the inside account of how director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke created this cinematic masterpiece. Regarded as a masterpiece today, 2001: A Space Odyssey received mixed reviews on its 1968 release. Despite the success of Dr. Strangelove, director Stanley Kubrick wasn't yet recognized as a great filmmaker, and 2001 was radically innovative, with little dialogue and no strong central character. Although some leading critics slammed the film as incomprehensible and self-indulgent, the public lined up to see it. 2001's resounding commercial success launched the genre of big-budget science fiction spectaculars. Such directors as George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and James Cameron have acknowledged its profound influence. Author Michael Benson explains how 2001 was made, telling the story primarily through the two people most responsible for the film, Kubrick and science fiction legend Arthur C. Clarke. Benson interviewed Clarke many times, and has also spoken at length with Kubrick's widow, Christiane; with visual effects supervisor Doug Trumbull; with Dan Richter, who played 2001's leading man-ape; and many others. A colorful nonfiction narrative packed with memorable characters and remarkable incidents, Space Odyssey provides a 360-degree view of this extraordinary work, tracking the film from Kubrick and Clarke's first meeting in New York in 1964 through its UK production from 1965-1968, during which some of the most complex sets ever made were merged with visual effects so innovative that they scarcely seem dated today. A concluding chapter examines the film's legacy as it grew into it current justifiably exalted status"--
Malcolm X by Michael Benson( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the life, beliefs and accomplishments of the controversial civil rights leader, including his early troubles with the law, and his assassination
Organized crime by Michael Benson( )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses organized crime, how gangsters make money, types of mobs, famous gangsters, and the techniques police use to investigate and prevent organized crime
Cons and frauds by Michael Benson( )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the history and common forms of ploys, rackets, and scams, describes what police and civilians can do to fight them, and what one should know to avoid becoming the next victim on a con artist's list
Ballparks of North America : a comprehensive historical reference to baseball grounds, yards, and stadiums, 1845 to present by Michael Benson( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 2009 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This chronologically arranged history book of ballparks are listed under their cities. It lists the name of the ballpark, the league of the first team to play there, location, dimensions of the field of play, seating capacity, and attendance records
The encyclopedia of the JFK assassination by Michael Benson( Book )

9 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 434 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his second reference to the November 1963 events in Dallas, Texas, Benson describes people, places, and things relating to the assassination of US president John Kennedy, the wounding of Texas governor John Connally and bystander James Tague, the murder of Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit, and the murder of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby. He includes some photographs, and diagrams of buildings and the city. The cross-referencing is extensive
Crashes & collisions by Michael Benson( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes some of the most famous crashes and collisions in auto-racing history, from 1909 to the present
The burn farm by Michael Benson( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Draws on victim recordings and perpetrator statements to trace the story of serial murderer Sheila LaBarre, describing how she sexually tormented troubled young men before brutally murdering them at her remote farmhouse
Vintage science fiction films, 1896-1949 by Michael Benson( Book )

9 editions published between 1985 and 2000 in English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The U.S. Coast Guard by Michael Benson( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the United States Coast Guard including history, recruiting, training and daily life
Dream teams : the best teams of all time by Michael Benson( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the history of famous and infamous winning teams in sports history
The Bernie Mac show by Bernie Mac( Visual )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bernie is a famous stand-up comedian living the good life in his Los Angeles home. Life was simple and sweet for the Mac-Man. Then one day Bernie's sister in Chicago is sent on a 'state-sponsored vacation' (rehab) for drug use and her three children: teenage adolescent Vanessa, asthmatic weaseling Jordan, and sweet, innocent Bryana, are taken into Bernie's custody. Raising kids is hard and these three are always giving poor Uncle Bernie trouble
Women in racing by Michael Benson( Book )

3 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at some of the women who have made their mark in the previously male-dominated sport of automobile racing, including Janet Guthrie, Lyn St. James, and Shawna Robinson
Murder in Connecticut : the shocking crime that destroyed a family and united a community by Michael Benson( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An incisive, unflinching account of the shocking, summer 2007 Connecticut crime that is still making national headlines, Murder in Connecticut examines what happened to Dr. William Petit, his wife Jennifer Hawke-Petit, and their two daughters, Hayley and Michaela, in the early morning hours of July 23 in the quiet town of Cheshire - and how their community rallied bravely around the sole survivor of this vicious home invasion. Who was the Petit family? How were they marked for murder by their killers, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes? How could these men have dreamed up such a crime? And will these horrifying murders - with startling similarities to the case in Truman Capote's classic In Cold Blood - really be the impetus behind sweeping parole reform laws that will not only affect Connecticut, but all of America?"--Global Books in Print
Gloria Estefan by Michael Benson( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a biography of the Cuban-born singer, composer, and entertainer who has recorded such hits as "Into the Light," "Conga," "Turn the Beat Around," and "Reach."
Ronald Reagan by Michael Benson( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the fortieth president, who served from 1981-1989
The devil at Genesee Junction : the murders of Kathy Bernhard and George-Ann Formicola, 6/66 by Michael Benson( Book )

3 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today you'd call Ballantyne suburban, but back then, at the start of the summer of 1966, it was country -- just a cluster of houses, some of them shacks, on or near Ballantyne Road, in the Town of Chili, NY. And while June 25 started like any other day it would end in a nightmare. In The Devil at Genesee Junction, veteran crime writer, Michael Benson, returns to his formerly rural hometown to take on the double homicide of his friends Kathy Bernhard and George-Ann Formiciola that took place that night. The two girls were missing for a month and then found in the bushes horribly mutilated. The double homicide changed the author's childhood suddenly, and drastically. He went from living in a rural playland, to being encased in fear, wondering who among them was the werewolf who cut up Kathy and George-Ann. This heinous crime was never resolved, and didn't go away. In recent years, the author has teamed up with a victim's mom, and a local private investigator to delve deep into the 6/66 murders, developing along the way some strong new leads and shocking details. Together they have heated up this icy cold case, and their investigation has led them in a startling new direction
 
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Dale Earnhardt
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Malcolm XOrganized crimeCons and fraudsBallparks of North America : a comprehensive historical reference to baseball grounds, yards, and stadiums, 1845 to presentThe encyclopedia of the JFK assassinationCrashes & collisionsThe burn farmVintage science fiction films, 1896-1949
Alternative Names
Benson, Michael

Benson, Michael Albert 1956-

Benson, Mike.

Benson, Mike‏ 1956-

벤슨, 마이클 1956-

Languages
English (84)