Famous film directors, actors, authors, artists, musicians, and now historical icons take the stage in this unique series. Essential Critiques explores the creative works of pop culture and historical icons in theater, literature, film, art, politics, and music. Each book gives an examination and criticism of four individual works by the book's subject, as well as background biographical information. The "how to" approach helps readers identify a thesis and supporting arguments while strengthening critical thinking skills. A timeline and list of works concludes each book, as well as "You Critique It," inviting readers to analyze other creative works on their own. Essential Critiques is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.