Film & History scholars will take an interest in our new book,
WHY WE FOUGHT: AMERICA'S WARS IN FILM AND HISTORY
(UP of Kentucky, 2008), released on 3 July, 2008. Eds.
Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor.
We start with the revolution and move right along to the war
in Iraq where soldiers are making their own films and sending
them home to family and friends.
The introduction suggests how to research and write about a
motion picture and offers five strictures about watching war
1. War films must be studied in their historical context.
2. War films are propaganda vehicles.
3. Censorship and sponsorship influence war films.
4. War films constitute a genre of their own.
5. War films should be studied with caution.
There are 23 chapters, a filmography and a bibliography plus
a useful index. It was published in paper and hardbound
simultaneously with the hope of adoptions for the Fall.
Every contribution shines.
During the Vietnam era, one of the editors was a Marine
platoon commander and the other a peace activist--hopefully
influencing the book to be balanced in its presentation.
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