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Vietnam & Other American Fantasies (Culture and Politics in the Cold War and Beyond)
"Coming to terms with the Vietnam War--the war that America lost--has been a long, grueling struggle, mired by historical denial and distortion and, as Franklin so formidably reveals, myths that have become entrapped in American culture. He presents a scholarly, yet personal and lucid investigation of how these myths evolved and why people depend upon them to answer the co ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 25th 2001 by University of Massachusetts Press
(first published October 1st 2000)
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Mar 23, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: my friends who can talk with me about it
although i read this book appox. 6 years ago, i remember it being the first text that really clarified things for me about the US invasion of Vietnam. what i felt was extremely valuable was that it not only deconstructs how the history of this event has been alternately silenced and manipulated, but also exposes the mechanics of how the US government proactively created a collective, national "memory" around the war that continues to justify its actions from 30+ years ago. also important, the te ...more
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the sabre rattling over Iran, and the amorphous War on Terrorism have sparked a renewed interest in the Vietnam War. Franklin discusses the use of images that came out of the Vietnam War, the manipulation of the history of the anti-war movement, Vietnam veterans literature, the myth-making and lies surrounding the POW/MIA issue, and the consequences for the future. I highly recommend.
H. Bruce Franklin for president! This is one of the more unique approaches to Vietnamese studies out there. Franklin's ability to connect the dots, so to speak, results in a spellbinding case for the importance of the relationship between popular culture and the political, among other keen analytical contributions.
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