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In Time of War: Understanding American Public Opinion from World War II to Iraq

Adam J. Berinsky


From World War II to the war in Iraq, periods of international conflict seem like unique moments in U.S. political history, but when it comes to public opinion, they are not. To make this revelation, this book explores conventional wisdom about American reactions to World War II, as well as the more recent conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq. It argues that the Americans' response to these crises has been shaped less by their defining characteristics—such as what they cost in lives and resources—than by the same political interests and group affiliations that influence ... More

Keywords: war, public opinion, United States, World War II, Iraq, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pearl Harbor, foreign politics, domestic politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226043586
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226043463.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam J. Berinsky, author