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


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University of Massachusetts Press
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6.27 X 9.14 X 1.04 inches | 1.37 pounds

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About the Author

Tom Engelhardt, for fifteen years a senior editor at Pantheon, is now consulting editor at Metropolitan Books, a Fellow of the Nation Institute, and a Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. He is a regular book reviewer and essayist and is also creator and editor of the website


"Engelhardt is absorbing and provocative. . . . Everything he writes is of a satisfyingly congruent piece."
"An extraordinarily original work that places postwar American history in an entirely new perspective." -- John Dower
"In this tour de force, Tom Engelhardt tracks the American 'war story' along its declining arc. . . . Full of brilliancies, this is one of those rare books that can change the way we see." -- Todd Gitlin
"A brilliant meditation on the past half-century of the American national story. . . . Its account of the disintegration of a confident post-World War II national identity is a stunning achievement." -- Marilyn Young
"America Victorious has been our country's postulate since its birth. Tom Engelhardt, with a burning clarity, recounts the end of this fantasy, from the split atom to Vietnam. . . . As powerful as a Joe Louis jab to the solar plexus." -- Studs Terkel
"Sets out to trace the vicissitudes of America's self-image since World War II as they showed up in popular culture: war toys, war comics, war reporting, and war films. It succeeds brilliantly. . . . Engelhardt's prose is smart and smooth, and his book is social and cultural history of a high order."