The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generationby Tom Engelhardt
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In a substantial new afterword to his classic account of the collapse of American triumphalism in the wake of World War II, Tom Engelhardt carries that story into the twenty-first century. He explores how, in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the younger George Bush headed for the Wild West (Osama bin Laden, "Wanted, Dead of Alive"); how his administration brought "victory culture" roaring back as part of its Global War on Terror and its rush to invade Saddam Husseins's Iraq; and how, from its "Mission Accomplished" moment on, its various stories of triumph crashed and burned in that land.
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 is consulting editor at Metropolitan Books and coeditor of History Wars: The Enola Gay and Other Battles for the American Past.
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