How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey across America

How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey across America

Jon Wiener


Hours after the USSR collapsed in 1991, Congress begun planning to set up the professional reminiscence of the chilly conflict. Conservatives ruled the complaints, spending hundreds of thousands to painting the clash as a triumph of excellent over evil and a defeat of totalitarianism equivalent in importance to international battle II. during this provocative publication, historian Jon Wiener visits chilly warfare monuments, museums, and memorials around the usa to determine how the period is being remembered. The author’s trip offers a historical past of the chilly battle, one who turns many traditional notions on their heads.

In an attractive travelogue that takes readers to websites resembling the life-size sport of Berlin’s “Checkpoint Charlie” on the Reagan Library, the fallout take care of show on the Smithsonian, and shows approximately “Sgt. Elvis,” America’s most famed chilly struggle veteran, Wiener discovers that the chilly warfare isn’t being remembered. It’s being forgotten. regardless of a tremendous attempt, the conservatives’ monuments weren’t equipped, their ancient websites have few viewers, and plenty of in their museums have now shifted concentration to different issues. Proponents of the proposal of a heroic “Cold conflict victory” failed; the general public didn’t purchase the legitimate tale. vigorous, readable, and well-informed, this e-book expands present discussions approximately reminiscence and background, and increases exciting questions on well known skepticism towards legitimate ideology.

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