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The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation

The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation

by Tom Engelhardt
     
 
An "absorbing and provocative" (New York Times) autopsy of a once-vital all-American myth: the cherished belief that elimination of a less-than human enemy was necessary to achieve our national destiny.
"An extraordinarily original work that places postwar American history in an entirely new perspective. Anyone who wishes to introduce

Overview

An "absorbing and provocative" (New York Times) autopsy of a once-vital all-American myth: the cherished belief that elimination of a less-than human enemy was necessary to achieve our national destiny.

"An extraordinarily original work that places postwar American history in an entirely new perspective. Anyone who wishes to introduce students to post-1945 American culture should assign this wonderful book."
--John Dower, MIT, author of War Without Mercy
"Absorbing and provocative."
--New York Times
"Full of brilliancies, this tour de force is one of those rare books that can change the way we see."
--Todd Gitlin, author of The Sixties
"A perfect book to use in twentieth-century history courses."
--Elaine Tyler May, author of Homeward Bound

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
Absorbing and provocative.
Boston Globe

Sets out to trace the vicissitudes of America's self-image since World War II as they showed up in popular culture: war toys, war comics, war reporting, and war films. It succeeds brilliantly.... Engelhardt's prose is smart and smooth, and his book is social and cultural history of a high order.

New York Times

Engelhardt is absorbing and provocative.... Everything he writes is of a satisfyingly congruent piece.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465019854
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Series:
Culture, Politics, and the Cold War Ser.
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.85(d)

What People are saying about this

Marilyn Young

A brilliant meditation on the past half-century of the American national story.... Its account of the disintegration of a confident post-World War II national identity is a stunning achievement.

John Dower

An extraordinarily original work that places postwar American history in an entirely new perspective.

Studs Terkel

America Victorious has been our country's postulate since its birth. Tom Engelhardt, with a burning clarity, recounts the end of this fantasy, from the split atom to Vietnam.... As powerful as a Joe Louis jab to the solar plexus.

Elaine Tyler May
"A perfect book to use in twentieth-century history courses."
Todd Gitlin

In this tour de force, Tom Engelhardt tracks the American 'war' story along its declining arc.... Full of brilliancies, this is one of those rare books that can change the way we see.

Meet the Author

Tom Engelhardt, for fifteen years a senior editor at Pantheon, is now consulting editor at Metropolitan Books, a Fellow of the Nation Institute, and a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. He is a regular book reviewer and essayist and is also creator and editor of the website Tomdispatch.com.

University of Massachusetts Press

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