American Business and Daytime Dramas

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On Thursday, April 14, 2011, ABC/Disney Television unleashed a nationwide firestorm in concurrently announcing that it was cancelling two of Daytime television’s longstanding prized soap operas created by the legendary writer, Agnes Nixon, “One Life to Live” and “All My Children.” Nationwide, fans immediately began protesting against these cancellations. More

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Published: June 22, 2012
Words: 99,220
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476407203
About Donald G Boudreau

Dr. Donald G. Boudreau is an internationally recognized expert in the field of economic statecraft. He is also the author of the books, “American Business and Daytime Dramas,” “American Sanctions Against The Soviet Union: From Nixon To Reagan,” and "Resistance in the Gulag Archipelago (1918-1956)."
Retired from Federal Government service, for nearly three decades, he held various United States Government appointments with the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of the Treasury, U.S. Department of Energy, and finally and extensively, with the U.S. Department of Defense. He holds the Ph.D. degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies at The University of Geneva, Switzerland, a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree with specialization in public management from Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, and a B.A. degree in Political Science from Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, with Pi Gamma Mu and Pi Sigma Alpha honorary, the National Social Science and Political Science Honor Societies, respectively.
Dr. Boudreau served as Rutgers University’s premier Presidential Management Intern as a member of the first class of the Program (1978-80), having been nominated by Rutgers University and selected for such by the then U.S. Civil Service Commission in Washington, DC. The Presidential Management Intern Program (now, the United States Government’s Presidential Management Fellows Program) is a program “designed to attract to Federal service men and women of exceptional management potential who have special training in planning and managing public programs.” Formerly, he served as assistant business administrator for the Town of Irvington, New Jersey.
Dr. Boudreau is the recipient of, including among other awards received during his distinguished Federal Government career, the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence, a U. S. Treasury Department Sustained Superior Performance Award, and numerous other U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Defense performance awards. He moreover, while pursuing his doctoral studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (“the Institute”) at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, was competitively and jointly awarded by the Institute and the U.N. Centre For Human Rights, an Hautes Etudes Internationales Graduate Internship in International Organization that he successfully served with the United Nations Centre for Human Rights at the European Headquarters of the United Nations at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Boudreau’s articles on various foreign policy and national security subjects have appeared in the journals, World Affairs, Strategic Review, The International Journal On World Peace, European Security, Diplomacy & Statecraft, International Peacekeeping, and Strategic Analysis (New Delhi). He and his wife, Zoraida de, and their children reside in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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The noted "One Life to Live" actress, Catherine Hickland, also known as Lindsay Rappaport, receives a copy of the book, American Business and Daytime Dramas, at the Delaware State Fair in July 2012.

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Reviews

Review by: Lori Jackson on Sep. 07, 2012 : star star star star star
I really enjoyed this book a lot and it was very well researched. Too bad All My Children and One Life to Live are not being put back on the air. It seems like General Hospital is saved for now and ABC is changing around the times on everything. It seems like General Hospital is mentioning more and more ONe Life to Live charachters. I hope that someday we will have closure about the travesty that ABC/ Disney caused to happen to my favorite soaps.
I appreciate this author writing this book when he did.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kata L on July 31, 2012 : star star star star star
This is a very well written book. It is a must read, if you are a soap fan get this book!!! I couldn't put it down!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Luci Steffensen on July 16, 2012 : star star star star star
This is was very well documented and researched. Being a die hard soap fan who felt the rug had been pulled out from under me the day Abc canceled it's two shows on the same day, it made me realize we are not alone and some one out there can hear us. Let's just hope that the people running the show over at ABC take heed and turn things around...and quickly because we are watching a train wreck here.
I will purchase more from this author.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Chew Hater on July 10, 2012 : star star star star star
Great book! Must read for all soap lovers! This book tells the real story!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Dee Levy on July 05, 2012 : star star star star star
When I first read the title, American Business and Daytime Dramas, I immediately questioned how are these two unrelated subjects tied together? Then, I started to read Dr. Donald Boudreau’s phenomenal well researched and documented story. This fascinating scholar and seasoned government expert is a visionary, who significantly researched how major daytime dramas are impacted by businesses and advertisers! This book is a good read and will appeal to the business community, mainstream America, soap opera fans, and persons interested in ageism, sexism, and anti-Baby Boomer generation trends in contemporary American media, and identifies what citizens can do with a view to reversing it, before it advances yet further.

Boudreau brilliantly displays how ageism is directly responsible for the inappropriate way the media is disregarding, as well as disrespecting, the largest group of senior citizens that have ever resided in the US. They are foolishly ignoring us-the baby boomers. According to the AARP-we are all now senior citizens. However, unfortunately many of us had no idea why the major studios were not paying attention to us. Hopefully, the masses will get the message, about what Dr. Boudreau has clearly established in his book: Ageism is alive and well throughout the American media.

Even though I am not a major fan of the soaps-I know many people who are, and therefore have entered into the grassroots organizations that are trying to bring back their favorite soaps. I pray the good guys win…As a relatively new senior citizen (baby boomer) I am extremely offended by the costs of ageism throughout the US media. I hail Dr. Boudreau for having such insight to expose the under pinnings of what really happened with American business as it relates to daytime dramas.

Ageism is something you won’t recognize, until you become a senior citizen- or have read this brilliant book, American Business and Daytime Dramas!

Best to the movement for bringing back the soaps and simultaneously respecting the opinions of valuable senior citizens. BRAVO!

*****

Dee A. Levy, MA
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sue K on July 05, 2012 : star star star star star
Dr. Boudreau has done an amazing job in organizing, presenting and analyzing the complexities at play. A great read for everybody, not just those hooked on soaps for the past 40+ years.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Robert McDowall on July 01, 2012 : star star star star star
Think Soap Operas are not an interesting form of entertainment? Oh, you are mistaken-- They have been a form of popular entertainment since the 1930's on the radio and then on television for many millions of people. Moreover, the programs of today are highly relevent to current life in our society. They deal with all the aspects of our lives -- like marriage & divorce, rich and poor, health and disease, crime and punishment, happiness and unhappiness. What's more, the cast members are highly professional actors and actressesnwho will amaze you with their acting abilities and true believability in the characters they portray. The story lines of these programs are interesting -- clever, realistic and exciting-- and will keep you truly interested from week to week. You will come to know all the characters, their names, their personalities, their relationships with each other (much the way we know our familiy and friends). You will love many of these characters-- and desperately want to smack a few!
Robert T McDowall, Federal Law Enforcement Officer (Ret)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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