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The "Good War" in American Memory

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by John Bodnar
     
 

ISBN-10: 1421405822

ISBN-13: 9781421405827

Pub. Date: 12/21/2011

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

The "Good War" in American Memory dispels the long-held myth that Americans forged an agreement on why they had to fight in World War II. John Bodnar's sociocultural examination of the vast public debate that took place in the United States over the war's meaning reveals that the idea of the "good war" was highly contested.

"This engaging and well-written

Overview

The "Good War" in American Memory dispels the long-held myth that Americans forged an agreement on why they had to fight in World War II. John Bodnar's sociocultural examination of the vast public debate that took place in the United States over the war's meaning reveals that the idea of the "good war" was highly contested.

"This engaging and well-written book addresses not just World War II but... war remembrance more generally."— Cercles

"Bodnar provides a corrective lens for those whose recent myopia accepts the celebratory effect of... traditional treatments of American participation in World War II... What Bodnar has adamantly recovered is the faded suffering of family members whose loved ones were buried overseas or never found, and the memories of veterans who could not escape the confusion and frustration."— Journal of American History

"Show[s] movingly and with great care how the history of emotion is embedded in the history of war and point[s] the way to future scholarship with authority and conviction. That is no mean achievement."— American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421405827
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/21/2011
Edition description:
20
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Wartime 10

2 Soldiers Write the War 34

3 "No Place for Weaklings" 60

4 Monuments and Mourning 85

5 The Split Screen 130

6 The Outsiders 166

7 The Victors 200

Conclusion 235

Postscript on Iraq 243

Notes 249

Selected Bibliography 283

Index 287

Illustrations follow page 84

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