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Posted June 22, 2008
You won't find a conventional history of World War II in Marianna Torgovnick's _The War Complex_. What you will find is an illuminating and beautifully written meditation on how we remember the war. Torgovnick shows how the media have emphasized some events, including Pearl Harbor and D-Day, and obscured others, such as the American bombing of civilian populations in Japan. The book reveals how a kind of selective memory has informed the ways we think about 9/11 and the 'War on Terror.' But it also introduces us to alternative histories and secret archives that allow us to remember the war in new, unexpected ways. Torgovnick is an especially fine reader of the novelist W.G. Sebald--and an especially fine writer, too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 24, 2008
Posted April 23, 2008
As a long-time admirer of Marianna Torgovnick's work, I am very happy with the Duke professor's latest intellectual work. Torgovnick has the gift of exposing how what we assume to be true can manipulate us ('Hidden in Plain Sight'). We all think we know World War II -- the 'good' war that has become more important as the U.S. has made some questionable choices internationally in the last few decades. Torgovnick has been digging below the surface for the last few decades now, and her latest attempt just might be her best so far, although her many admirers, I'm sure, want more in the future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 17, 2005
Unfortunately, this ¿book¿ is not a very enlightening read !!. Fortunately, I didn¿t buy the book, it was checked out of our university library. I found it difficult finishing this drivel. On too many occasions Torgovnick states her unsound opinion as absolute fact. She proceeds to mistakenly develop her point of view on the basis of that egregious erroneous opinion . (Big error there!!) Her conclusions usually are drawn on nefarious and/or abnormal rational that border on the absurd. very close to being out of touch with reality!! All in all, it appears the dictum ¿publish or parish¿ got the upper hand for this professorWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.