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Ing read for someone with similar interests Bodnar s Remaking America Was Excellent Clearly Defining was excellent clearly defining competing versions of memory official and vernacular I eagerly approached his treatment of WWII anticipating the application of this line of analysis Disappointingly that clarity is not evident in this book He provides a fine review the many influences on memory of the past including the historical record understanding that memory is not history and vice versa to memoir the novel film the sense of WWII held by participants and their families and loved ones and community roles remembrances AND COMMEMORATIONS HE RUES THE LOSS commemorations He rues the loss FDR s Four Freedoms from much of. And memorials In building this narrative Bodnar shows how the idealism of President Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms was lost in the public commemoration of World War II how the war's 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 conclusi. Ut these memorials and others I really became fascinated
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the way choose to memorialize the war after visiting the large and interesting National D Day memorial in Bedford VA in 2014 This book feeds right into this interest by offering analysis of the memorials and what they are attempting to memorialize I really like how Bodnar included an analysis of books movies and I found some sections not as interesting as others have written on similar topics in a interesting manner but his found some sections not as interesting as others have written on similar topics in a interesting manner but his on film books and monuments I found to be fascinating The strength here is an attempt to understand what influenced the way we have remembered the war This is an interest. influenced the way we have remembered the war This is an interest. 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. ,

This is a useful and thoroughly documented historiography of the ways in which WWII has evolved in media interpretation from memorials movies and memoirs Interesting look has evolved in media interpretation from memorials movies and memoirs Interesting look the way views of the Second World War has changed interpretation from memorials movies and memoirs Interesting look the way views of the Second World War has changed time Some very interesting points and arguments I really enjoyed this book because of a personal interest I have in memorials and the ways in which we remember war and sacrifice My interest in this topic was first stoked by a visit to the Rhone American Cemetery in 2013 I embarrassed to admit I didn t even know that there were Americans buried in Europe and maintained by the US Government until 2011 Since then I have learned so much abo. 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 Bodnar's sociocultural examination of the vast public debate that took place in the United States over the war's meaning reveals that the idea of the good war was highly contestedBodnar's comprehensive study. .

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The Good War in American Memory