Steven Spielberg, Hollywood Wunderkind and Humanist focuses on the most commercially successful American director of his generation, from his early career at Universal Television to the Oscar-winning Lincoln (2013). The 14 chapters deal as much with his major hits as with films that have received little critical attention like The Sugarland Express, 1941 and The Terminal. They address questions of aesthetics, ethics, ideology and identity politics recognized as central to the director’s œuvre.