Manhood and American Political Culture in the Cold War
Manhood and American Political Culture in the Cold War explores the meaning of anxiety as expressed through the political and cultural language of the early cold war era. Cuordileone shows how the preoccupation with the soft, malleable American character reflected not only anti-Communism but acute anxieties about manhood and sexuality. Reading major figures like Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Adlai Stevenson, Joseph McCarthy, Norman Mailer, JFK, and many lesser known public figures, Cuordileone reveals how the era s cult of toughness shaped the political dynamics of the time and inspired a reinvention of the liberal as a cold warrior.
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Cuordileone writes, “The great retreat into private life was accompanied by chronic worries about the psychological effects of consumerism, materialism, suburbanization, leisure, and self-indulgence ... Read full review