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The Culture of the Cold War (The American Moment Series) / Edition 2

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Overview

"Without the Cold War, what's the point of being an American?" As if in answer to this poignant question from John Updike's Rabbit at Rest, Stephen Whitfield examines the impact of the Cold War—and its dramatic ending—on American culture in an updated version of his highly acclaimed study. In a new epilogue to this second edition, he extends his analysis from the McCarthyism of the 1950s, including its effects on the American and European intelligensia, to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and beyond.

Whitfield treats his subject matter with the eye of a historian, reminding the reader that the Cold War is now a thing of the past. His treatment underscores the importance of the Cold War to our national identity and forces the reader to ask, Where do we go from here? The question is especially crucial for the Cold War historian, Whitfield argues. His new epilogue is partly a guide for new historians to tackle the complexities of Cold War studies.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

reviewing the first edition Foreign Affairs
A lively and well-documented account of how the Cold War both produced and was sustained by super-patriotism, intolerance and suspicion, and how these pathologies infected all aspects of American life in the 1950s—entertainment, churches, schools. Older readers will remember and still be amazed; younger ones will find this a readable introduction to a bizarre aspect of the American past.
Booknews
The culture of Cold War anti-Communist America in the late 1940s and the 1950s as recalled in vignettes and summaries of events, informed by Whitfield's (American civilization, Brandeis U.) liberalism Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801851957
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: The American Moment Series
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 768,785
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Whitfield is Max Richter Chair in American Civilization at Brandeis University. He is the author of A Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till and A Critical American: The Politics of Dwight Macdonald

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1 Politicizing Culture: Suspicious Minds 1
2 Seeing Red: The Stigma 27
3 Assenting: The Trend of Ideology 53
4 Praying: God Bless America 77
5 Informing: Many Are Called 101
6 Reeling: The Politics of Film 127
7 Boxed-In: Television and the Press 153
8 Dissenting: Pity the Land 179
9 Thawing: A Substitute for Victory 205
Epilogue 231
Bibliographical Essay 243
Index 267
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