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The War Complex: World War II in Our Time

Marianna Torgovnick

Abstract

The recent dedication of the World War II memorial and the sixtieth-anniversary commemoration of D-Day remind us of the hold that World War II still has over America's sense of itself. But the selective process of memory has radically shaped our picture of the conflict. Why else, for instance, was a 1995 Smithsonian exhibition on Hiroshima that was to include photographs of the first atomic bomb victims, along with their testimonials, considered so controversial? And why do we so readily remember the civilian bombings of Britain but not those of Dresden, Hamburg, and Tokyo? The book argues tha ... More

Keywords: World War II, United States, civilian bombings, war complex, atrocities, September 11, Adolf Eichmann, Holocaust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226808550
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226808796.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marianna Torgovnick, author