The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2007 - History - 387 pages
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An "absorbing and provocative" ( "New York Times" ) autopsy of a once-vital all-American myth: the cherished belief that elimination of a less-than human enemy was necessary to achieve our national destiny."An extraordinarily original work that places postwar American history in an entirely new perspective. Anyone who wishes to introduce students to post-1945 American culture should assign this wonderful book."--John Dower, MIT, author of "War Without Mercy"

"Absorbing and provocative." "--New York Times"

"Full of brilliancies, this "tour de force" is one of those rare books that can change the way we see."--Todd Gitlin, author of "The Sixties"

"A perfect book to use in twentieth-century history courses."--Elaine Tyler May, author of "Homeward Bound"

 

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Review: The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation (Culture, Politics, and the Cold War)

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Very good overview of America's war history as it has effected youth culture. Eerie in what this book (which ends at 1995) predicted for the next 15 years. Maybe more frustrating than eerie though ... Read full review

Review: The End of Victory Culture: Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation (Culture, Politics, and the Cold War)

User Review  - Alisa - Goodreads

I'm sorry, but sometimes I feel like he says things just to say them. However, it certainly assuaged my thirst for non-fiction. Read full review

Contents

Triumphalist Despair
3
Story Time
16
Ambush at Kamikaze Pass
37
Premonitions The Asian Death of Victory Culture
54
War Games
69
X Marks the Spot
90
The Enemy Disappears
113
The Haunting of Childhood
133
The President as Mad Mullah
202
The Crossover Point
204
Something Rather Dark and Bloody
215
The War Crimes of Daniel Ellsberg
227
Ambush at Kamikaze Pass II
234
Besieged
241
Reconstruction
254
Victory Culture the Sequel Crashing and Burning in Iraq
305

Entering the Twilight Zone
155
The First Coming of GI Joe
175
The Invisible Government
181
Playing with Fire
187
Into the Charnel House of Language
193
NOTES
335
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
367
INDEX
373
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Tom Engelhardt, for fifteen years a senior editor at Pantheon, is now consulting editor at Metropolitan Books, a Fellow of the Nation Institute, and a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. He is a regular book reviewer and essayist and is also creator and editor of the website Tomdispatch.com.

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