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War And American Popular Culture
     

War And American Popular Culture

by M. Holsinger
 

Spanning more than 400 years of America's past, this book brings together, for the first time, entries on the ways Americans have mythologized both the many wars the nation has fought and the men and women connected with those conflicts. Focusing on significant representations in popular culture, it provides information on fiction, drama, poems, songs, film and

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Spanning more than 400 years of America's past, this book brings together, for the first time, entries on the ways Americans have mythologized both the many wars the nation has fought and the men and women connected with those conflicts. Focusing on significant representations in popular culture, it provides information on fiction, drama, poems, songs, film and television, art, memorials, photographs, documentaries, and cartoons. From the colonial wars before 1775 to our 1997 peacekeeper role in Bosnia, the work briefly explores the historical background of each war period, enabling the reader to place the almost 500 entries into their proper context.

The book includes particularly large sections dealing with the popular culture of the American Revolution, the Civil War, the Indian Wars West of the Mississippi, World War II, and Vietnam. It has been designed to be a useful reference tool for anyone interested in America's many wars, to provide answers, to teach, to inspire, and most of all, to be enjoyed.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This book covers an eclectic mass of material, examining contributions to our popular culture that range from folk songs and poetry ("Paul Revere's Ride") to TV movies, toys (G.I. Joe dolls), and controversial war memorials. The volume is organized by periods of war from Colonial America to the present. Within these sections entries are alphabetical. The articles are clear, easy to read, and resplendent with tidbits of trivia. Some of the topics are a bit off the wall, such as the inclusion of outdoor dramas of Unto These Hills and Tecumseh!, and there seems to be no reason why certain figures like Randall Jarrell were profiled, as opposed to Norman Mailer and James Jones, who were not. There are some minor editing errors: while the index indicates Mailer is mentioned on page 237, he isn't, and Beatles is misspelled in the entry under "Give Peace a Chance." Eight pages of average-quality black-and-white photographs and reproductions are grouped together in the center of the book. Despite some flaws, the many articles on folk and pop songs, novels, and films are of immense interest and make this a valuable resource.-Herman Sutter, Saint Pius X High School, Houston, TX Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313299087
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)
Lexile:
1290L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

M. PAUL HOLSINGER is professor of history at Illinois State University. He is also the founder of the World War II area of the Popular Culture Association and organizes annual sessions about that war and its cultural representations. He has authored and edited a number of works about America's wars and popular culture, including Visions of War: World War II in Popular Literature and Culture (1992) and The Ways of War: The Era of World War II in Children's and Young Adult Fiction (1995).

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