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The Hollywood War Machine
U.S. Militarism and Popular Culture
Carl Boggs, Tom Pollard
- ISBN: 9781594512971
- Extent: 288pp
- Release Date: 20 Dec 2006
- Size: 254mm x 178mm
- Format: Hardback
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- Category: Politics
- Buy Now £94.50
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.
About The Author
Carl Boggs is professor of social sciences at National University in Los Angeles. He has written numerous books, including Imperial Delusions: American Militarism and Endless War (2005) and, with Tom Pollard, The Hollywood War Machine: Militarism and American Popular Culture (2006). He has received the Charles McCoy Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association.
Tom Pollard is Professor of Social Sciences at National University, San Jose Campus, where he teaches classes in film and sociology. He has coauthored two previous books on film (A World in Chaos: Social Crisis and the Rise of Postmodern Film and The Hollywood War Machine: U.S. Militarism and Popular Culture). He also serves as a writer and researcher for historical documentaries, including The Maya Pompeii, Paradise Bent, Crystal Fear/Crystal Clear, Not a Game, and The Canyon War. He has had a lifelong love and interest in movies and film.