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The Victory Album

Reflections on the Good Life After the Good War

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A pervasive feeling at the end of World War II, notes Philip D. Beidler, was that Americans had 'inherited the earth' and could look forward to a kind of golden age, the 'Good Life after the Good War'. But this good life - for all its genuine possibilities - was only accessible to some and was countered by racial tensions, the fear of communism and nuclear war, gender inequalities, and a rising consumer culture, among other problems and anxieties. In these essays - a combination of personal remembrance and broad-stroke cultural history - Beidler addresses the national blindness toward the Holocaust and a rising China, the canker of McCarthyism, an ascendant culture of hard smoking and heavy drinking, the worship of cars and film idols, and the chronic fear of an always-possible nuclear apocalypse. In lively, driving prose, he recalls veiled episodes in the history of the Korean War, the Civil Rights movement, and the struggle for women's liberation. On these subjects and many others, Beidler draws from his own experience and a penetrating grasp of American social history. Together, they offer deep, pointed, and comprehensive perspectives on iconic moments in American history.

Author Biography

Philip D. Beidler is a professor of English at the University of Alabama. He has written or edited more than ten books. Beidler served as an armored cavalry platoon leader in Vietnam.
Release date Australia
February 15th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
The University of Alabama Press
Pages
304
Dimensions
152x229x26
ISBN-13
9780817316846
Product ID
3878846

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