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How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey Across America

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Hours after the USSR collapsed in 1991, Congress began making plans to establish the official memory of the Cold War. Conservatives dominated the proceedings, spending millions to portray the conflict as a triumph of good over evil and a defeat of totalitarianism equal in significance to World War II. In this provocative book, historian Jon Wiener visits Cold War monuments ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 15th 2012 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nathan Albright
Mar 16, 2017 Nathan Albright rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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The way this author goes on about progressives and insults the conservative view of the Cold War, which he oversimplifies and mischaracterizes, he should be called John Whiner. Having been familiar with this work, I was aware of the author's worldview, which brings discredit to any authority he cites (including the New York Times and WaPo [1]). One thing to understand about this work is that many people reading this, if they can get through the nearly 300 pages of fake leftist history, is that t ...more
Tripp
Jan 02, 2017 Tripp rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of lost potential with this one. The book is set up as a tour of sites that commemorate or those that one would think would commemorate the Cold War. The core idea is that the Right wants to commemorate the conflict but the country is uninterested. His travels and descriptions are interesting, but the book misses the chance to ask why we have in fact forgotten the Cold War. The author is much more interested in political and ideological point scoring.
Patrik Widrig
Jan 21, 2013 Patrik Widrig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jon Wiener combines the meticulous and far-reaching research of hard, horrific, historic facts with the feel of a fun-filled travelogue and – if they weren’t so awful – hilarious twists of confounding current spin of events, and in most cases uncovers just plain whitewashing and deliberate falseness.
What was, for a time, the centerpiece of American Greatness has fallen victim to American Amnesia to the point of denial.
If you wonder how it is possible to write an entertaining book about some of t
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Mary Mycio
Weiner's book is an engaging (if overly detailed) tour of monuments and museum displays that don't exist -- namely, those celebrating our (meaning the USA's, capitalism's, the West's, democracy's) Victory in the Cold War. Though planned from the moment the Berlin Wall fell, not much has come of such visual celebrations. Weiner argues that the lack of interest reflects a lack of public support for their common ideological assertion that Ronald Reagan won the Cold War. But I would argue that the R ...more
Nerdycellist D
Jun 19, 2015 Nerdycellist D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed the detailed nature of this book as well as the historical background that helped refresh my memory/give context to events I was too young or unborn to experience first hand. I really liked that in addition to being a critical analysis of our collective memory and media landscape, it also served as a review of the museums and institutions themselves. Appreciate the photos, which I have noticed are often left out. I am going to guess the little bit of extra money the book cost above the ...more
AskHistorians
A very informative historiography/history/travelogue by a University of California professor who visits all of the major American Cold War museums to see how those museums frame the Cold War. His conclusion: ordinary Americans have failed to accept the museums' triumphalist narrative.
Mof
Dec 29, 2013 Mof rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reason why the war is "forgotten" is in the conclusion. It was not a war. Not that many people died other than a few spies. Most of the casualties were third country nationals, and third world third country nationals to beat. So the lack of museums, monuments etc is not all that perplexing.
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