The "Good War" in American Memory

The Good War in American Memory 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

  • Title: The "Good War" in American Memory
  • Author: John Bodnar
  • ISBN: 9780801896675
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 disagreement 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.

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    • I really enjoyed this book because of a personal interest I have in memorials and the ways in which we remember war and sacrifice. My interest in this topic was first stoked by a visit to the Rhone American Cemetery in 2013. I embarrassed to admit I didn't even know that there were Americans buried in Europe and maintained by the US Government until 2011! Since then, I have learned so much about these memorials and others. I really became fascinated with the way we choose to memorialize the war [...]


    • Bodnar's "Remaking America" was excellent, clearly defining the competing versions of memory: official and vernacular. I eagerly approached his treatment of WWII anticipating the application of this line of analysis. Disappointingly, that clarity is not evident in this book. He provides a fine review the many influences on memory of the past including the historical record (understanding that memory is not history, and vice versa), to memoir, the novel, film, the sense of WWII held by participan [...]


    • This is a useful and thoroughly documented historiography of the ways in which WWII has evolved in media interpretation--from memorials, movies and memoirs.


    • Interesting look at the way views of the Second World War has changed over time. Some very interesting points and arguments.


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