Dirty Harry’s America
Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash
University Press of Florida 2016
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When “Dirty Harry” first premiered in 1971, it was both praised and condemned for its portrayal of a rogue policeman fighting crime by ignoring many of the rules and procedures of the profession. Yet director Don Siegel denied any attempt to make a political statement with the film. Joe Street’s book Dirty Harry’s America: Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash (University Press of Florida, 2016) discusses all five “Dirty Harry” films and helps to better explain the importance of them both cinematically and socially.