Theaters of War: America's Perceptions of World War II

Overview

Theaters of War traces the ways in which Americans have represented their involvement in World War II by examining the literature, film, and jourbanalism that have shaped the understanding of the war from 1939 to the present. Comprehensive in scope, this book looks at the ways Hollywood used World War II stories as vehicles for a Cold War message until the Vietnam War broke down Americans’ faith in that “Good War” narrative, and considers the memoir tradition that followed in its wake. Casaregola demonstrates the...

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Overview

Theaters of War traces the ways in which Americans have represented their involvement in World War II by examining the literature, film, and jourbanalism that have shaped the understanding of the war from 1939 to the present. Comprehensive in scope, this book looks at the ways Hollywood used World War II stories as vehicles for a Cold War message until the Vietnam War broke down Americans’ faith in that “Good War” narrative, and considers the memoir tradition that followed in its wake. Casaregola demonstrates the ways in which the contemporary understanding of the war is richer, if still conflicted and has ultimately changed the view Americans have of themselves.

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"The study offers interesting perceptions of how attitudes toward the Cold War and the Vietnam War played through a lens of "the good war" . . . Casaregola's extensive filmography and list of broadcast sources of highly useful. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers." - Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403964861
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Vincent Casaregola is Associate Professor of English at Saint Louis University. From 1994 to 2007, he directed the English Writing Program there. He has previously taught at The University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, The University of Iowa, and John Carroll University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• A War Warning
• Why We Fight
How We Fight
• The Great Crusade
• “Saddle up! Let’s Get Back to the War.”
• Longest Days in the “Good War”
• Conscientious Objection
• Now It Can Be Told: Reopening Old Wounds
• The Once and Future War

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