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

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Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1998-03-01
Publisher(s): Univ of Massachusetts Pr
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Summary

In a substantial new afterword to his classic account of the collapse of American triumphalism in the wake of World War II, Tom Engelhardt carries that story into the twenty-first century. He explores how, in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the younger George Bush headed for the Wild West (Osama bin Laden, "Wanted, Dead or Alive"); how his administration brought "victory culture" roaring back as part of its Global War on Terror and its rush to invade Saddam Hussein's Iraq; and how, from its "Mission Accomplished" moment on, its various stories of triumph crashed and burned in that land.

Table of Contents

I. WAR STORY
3(66)
1. Triumphalist Despair
3(13)
2. Story Time
16(21)
3. Ambush at Kamikaze Pass
37(17)
4. Premonitions: The Asian Death of Victory Culture
54(15)
II. CONTAINMENTS (1945-1962)
69(106)
1. War Games
69(21)
2. X Marks the Spot
90(23)
3. The Enemy Disappears
113(20)
4. The Haunting of Childhood
133(22)
5. Entering the Twilight Zone
155(20)
III. THE ERA OF REVERSALS (1962-1975)
175(130)
1. The First Coming of G.I. Joe
175(6)
2. The Invisible Government
181(6)
3. Playing with Fire
187(6)
4. Into the Charnel House of Language
193(9)
5. The President as Mad Mullah
202(2)
6. The Crossover Point
204(11)
7. "Something Rather Dark and Bloody"
215(12)
8. The War Crimes of Daniel Ellsberg
227(7)
9. Ambush at Kamikaze Pass (II)
234(7)
10. Besieged
241(13)
11. Reconstruction
254(51)
IV. AFTERLIFE (1975-1994)
NOTES 305(28)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 333(6)
INDEX 339

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