Good War in American Memory

ISBN-10: 1421405822
ISBN-13: 9781421405827
Edition: 2012
Authors: John Bodnar
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 2/14/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

The "Good War" in American Memory dispels the long-held myth that Americans forged an agreement on why they had to fight in World War II. John Bodnar's sociocultural examination of the vast public debate that took place in the United States over the war's meaning reveals that the idea of the "good war" was highly contested.Bodnar's comprehensive study of the disagreements that marked the American remembrance of World War II in the six decades following its end draws on an array of sources: fiction and nonfiction, movies, theater, and public monuments. He identifies alternative strands of memory—tragic and brutal versus heroic and virtuous—and reconstructs controversies involving veterans, minorities, and memorials. In building this narrative, Bodnar shows how the idealism of President Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms was lost in the public commemoration of World War II, how the war's memory became intertwined in the larger discussion over American national identity, and how it only came to be known as the "good war" many years after its conclusion.

John Bodnar is the Chancellor's Professor of History and the director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Indiana University. He has authored or edited nine other books, including Blue-Collar Hollywood: Liberalism, Democracy, and Working People in American Film, also published by Johns Hopkins.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Wartime
Soldiers Write the War
"No Place for Weaklings"
Monuments and Mourning
The Split Screen
The Outsiders
The Victors
Conclusion
Postscript on Iraq
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index
Illustrations follow page

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