The Pentagon's Battle for the American Mind

The Pentagon's Battle for the American Mind : The Early Cold War

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The U.S. military has historically believed itself to be the institution best suited to develop the character, spiritual values, and patriotism of American youth. Here, author Lori Bogle investigates how the armed forces assigned themselves this role and why they sought to create "ideologically sound Americans capable of defeating communism and assuring the victory of democracy at home and abroad." Bogle shows that this view of America's civil religion predated tension with the Soviet Union. She traces this trend from the Progressive Era though the early Cold War, when the Truman and Eisenhower administrations formulated plans that promised to prepare the American public morally and spiritually for confrontation with the evils of communism. Bogle's analysis suggests that cooperation among the military, evangelical right wing groups, and government was considered both necessary and normal. The Boy Scouts pushed a narrow vision of American democracy, and Joe McCarthy's chauvinism was less an aberration than a noxious manifestation of a widespread attitude. To combat communism, America and its armed forces embraced a narrow moral education that attacked everyone and everything not consonant with their view of the world order. Exposure of this alliance ultimately dissolved it.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 160 x 241.3 x 22.9mm | 476.28g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 12 b&w photographs
  • 1585443786
  • 9781585443789
  • 2,413,483

About Lori Lyn Bogle

Lori Bogle is an associate professor of history at the United States Naval Academy. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and researches the social and cultural aspects of American military history.show more

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