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

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2007 - 387 sidor
A triumphalist myth, unquestioned for years, promoted the belief that America would always overcome its enemies. Engelhardt shows how major events since 1945 have thoroughly eroded this belief, resulting in disillusionment for those over 40 and bewilderment for the post-Vietnam War generation. He focuses on a variety of related themes: Indian captivity narratives; Hollywood's depiction of our "enemies," usually dehumanized Native Americans and Asians; the phenomenon of "GI Joe," the most popular war toy ever created; and the advent of rock'n'roll and the teen subculture that grew up around it. In a new afterword, Engelhardt carries that story into the twenty-first century, exploring how, in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the younger George Bush headed for the Wild West.

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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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