The Good War in American Memory John Bodnar

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Published: August 17th 2010

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320 pages


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The Good War in American Memory  by  John Bodnar

The Good War in American Memory by John Bodnar
August 17th 2010 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 320 pages | ISBN: | 7.28 Mb

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 Bodnars sociocultural examination of the vast public debate that took place in the United States over theMoreThe 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 Bodnars sociocultural examination of the vast public debate that took place in the United States over the wars meaning reveals that the idea of the good war was highly contested.Bodnars 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 Roosevelts Four Freedoms was lost in the public commemoration of World War II, how the wars 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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