The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generationby Tom Engelhardt
"An extraordinarily original work that places postwar American history in an entirely new perspective. Anyone who wishes to introduce
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.
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.
Engelhardt is absorbing and provocative.... Everything he writes is of a satisfyingly congruent piece.
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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.
An extraordinarily original work that places postwar American history in an entirely new perspective.
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.
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.
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