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History Wars

History Wars

The Enola Gay and Other Battles for the American Past

Edited by Edward T. Linethal and Tom Engelhardt

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From the "taming of the West" to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the portrayal of the past has become a battleground at the heart of American politics. What kind of history Americans should read, see, or fund is no longer merely a matter of professional interest to teachers, historians, and museum curators. Everywhere now, history is increasingly being held hostage, but to what end and why? In History Wars, eight prominent historians consider the angry swirl of emotions that now surrounds public memory. Included are trenchant essays by Paul Boyer, John W. Dower, Tom Engelhardt, Richard H. Kohn, Edward Linenthal, Micahel S. Sherry, Marilyn B. Young, and Mike Wallace.

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History Wars

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ANATOMY OF A CONTROVERSY
EDWARD T. LINENTHAL










When, in the fall of 1993, Martin Harwit, director of the National Air and Space Museum (NASM), asked me...

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“In their illuminating explorations of contemporary American struggles with Hiroshima and Nagasaki, these essays contribute to much-needed nuclear-age wisdom.” —Robert Jay Lifton

“Informative and compelling.” —Eric Foner

“A stimulating and revelatory work.” —Studs Terkel

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Edited by Edward T. Linethal and Tom Engelhardt

Edward T. Linenthal is Edward M. Penson Professor of Religion and American Culture at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He is the author of Sacred Ground: Americans and Their Battlefields and Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum.

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