The newly expanded and revised edition of The Hollywood War Machine includes wide-ranging exploration of numerous popular military-themed films that have appeared in the close to a decade since the first edition was published. Within the Hollywood movie community, there has not been even the slightest decline in well-financed pictures focusing on warfare and closely-related motifs. The second edition includes a new chapter on recent popular films and another that analyzes the relationship between these movies and the bourgeoning gun culture in the United States, marked in recent years by a dramatic increase in episodes of mass killings.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 14 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition
Praise for the First Edition
"This politically informed book demonstrates how war movies are more than just entertainment. They serve-intentionally or not-as a cultural weapon of global empire. Clearly written, richly researched, and persuasively argued, The Hollywood War Machine is a feast for any opponent of militaristic propaganda."
-Michael Parenti, author of Superpatriotism and The Culture Struggle
"From Tom Cruise in Top Gun down to United 93, about the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hollywood has played a crucial role in implanting militarism, hypermasculinity, and racism deep in the American psyche. Carl Boggs and Tom Pollard's The Hollywood War Machine is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of American imperialism."
-Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback and The Sorrows of Empire
"A critical cultural chronicle of postwar American political history. Engaging and penetrating. . . . It patiently relates the complicity of Hollywood in the culture of American militarism."
-Jan Nederveen Pieterse, author of Globalization and Culture: Global Melange
"Opinionated and witty . . . it has fizz."
-Terrell Carver, author of Engels: A Very Short Introduction
"American intervention and empire since the Progressive Era have not come out of thin air. Instead their politics have been colonizing popular culture at the cinema in Westerns, sci-fi films, spy movies, and political thrillers for decades. Boggs and Pollard develop an excellent critical overview of how and why the military-industrial-entertainment complex has become so powerful during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in this wide-ranging study of American film. Reading The Hollywood War Machine helps us understand why many think violence is truly as American as apple pie."
-Timothy W. Luke, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University