The End of Victory Culture (Paperback)

Cold War America and the Disillusioning of a Generation

By Tom Engelhardt

University of Massachusetts Press, 9781558495869, 387pp.

Publication Date: August 17, 2007



In a substantial new afterword to his classic account of the collapse of American triumphalism in the wake of World War II, Tom Engelhardt carries that story into the twenty-first century. He explores how, in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the younger George Bush headed for the Wild West (Osama bin Laden, Wanted, Dead or Alive); how his administration brought victory culture roaring back as part of its Global War on Terror and its rush to invade Saddam Hussein's Iraq; and how, from its Mission Accomplished moment on, its various stories of triumph crashed and burned in that land.