Hollywood War Machine: U.S. Militarism and Popular Culture

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"Opinionated and witty." Terrell Carver, University of Bristol and author of Engels: A Very Short Introduction "A critical cultural chronicle of postwar American political history. Engaging and penetrating." Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of Illinois In this unique book, the authors provide a hard-hitting, radical critique of the growing culture of American militarism, focusing on the post-Cold War years. Analyzed in historical context and drawing on a broad mix of theoretical, political, and cultural sources, The Hollywood War Machine explores the U.S. film industry and its deepening impact on the popular and political culture. Through the lens of filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Jonathan Mostrow, Edward Zwick, Tony Scott, and John Woo, the volume deconstructs the narratives and images of nearly 200 combat and war-related movies, along with related consumer fare such as television and video games, in the context of the permanent war economy, security state, recurrent military interventions abroad, and the expansion of U.S. global power. Topics include cinematic representations of terrorism, the return of "good war" motifs, the phenomenon of disguised militarism, the relationship between cinema and technowar, depictions of the Gulf War and the current war in Iraq, and general media spectacles of warfare as well as unique perspectives on films related to World War II, the Cold War, and Vietnam.

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"A critical cultural chronicle of postwar American political history. Engaging and penetrating. . . . It patiently relates the complicity of Hollywood in the culture of American militarism." —Jan Nederveen Pieterse, University of Illinois and author of Globalization and Culture: Global Mélange

"Opinionated and witty. . . it has fizz." —Terrell Carver, University of Bristol and author of Engels: A Very Short Introduction

"From Tom Cruise in Top Gun (1986) down to United 93 (2006), about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hollywood has played a crucial role in emplanting militarism, hypermasculinity, and racism deep in the American psyche. Carl Boggs and Tom Pollard's The Hollywood War Machine is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of American imperialism." —Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback and The Sorrows of Empire

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Carl Boggs is Professor of Social Sciences at National University in Los Angeles, Adjunct Professor at Antioch University in Los Angeles, and author or editor of numerous books including Imperial Delusions: American Militarism and Endless War (Rowman & Littlefield 2004) and Masters of War: Militarism and Blowback in an Era of American Empire (Routledge 2003).

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