Last Stands from the Alamo to Benghazi : How Hollywood Turns Military Defeats into Moral Victories
American Military History Goes to the Movies examines how Hollywood teaches Americans about the country's military past. Using a unique thematic approach to American military history as reflected in Hollywood films, the book covers leadership, the experience of combat, the image of the American War Hero, race and the experience of war, and more. These concepts are not consistent over time and place, and the book examines the messages conveyed in the films and places these representative movies in context of when they were made. With helpful sidebars that extend the discussion through particular case studies, this book is essential for anyone interested in American military and film history.
- Hardback | 156 pages
- 152 x 229 x 11.18mm | 385.55g
- 14 Dec 2016
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 10 black & white halftones
About Frank Wetta
Frank J. Wetta is Lecturer, Department of History and Senior Fellow, Center for History, Politics, and Policy, Kean University. He is co-author of The Long Reconstruction: The Post-Civil War South in History, Film, and Memory (2014). Martin A. Novelli teaches film and history at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia and at Kean University. He is co-author of The Long Reconstruction: The Post-Civil War South in History, Film, and Memory (2014).
Table of contents
Introduction: Military History and America's Wars on Film 1. Command and the Art of Leadership 2. The Experience of Combat and the Common Soldier 3. The African American Experience of War 4. The Image of the Enemy and American Self-Identity 5. War as Comedy 6. The Homefront 7. Women in War 8. War on Land 9. War at Sea 10. War int he Air 11. Atomic War and Anxiety 12. The War on Terror and Special Operations 13. The Moral Dimensions of War and Military Ethics 14. American Prisoners of War 15. Homecoming Epilogue Filmography