By Jon Wiener

ISBN-10: 0520271416

ISBN-13: 9780520271418

ISBN-10: 0520282213

ISBN-13: 9780520282216

Hours after the USSR collapsed in 1991, Congress all started planning to set up the reliable reminiscence of the chilly battle. Conservatives ruled the lawsuits, spending thousands to painting the clash as a triumph of fine over evil and a defeat of totalitarianism equivalent in value to international battle II. during this provocative e-book, historian Jon Wiener visits chilly battle monuments, museums, and memorials around the usa to determine how the period is being remembered. The author’s trip offers a background of the chilly battle, person who turns many traditional notions on their heads.

In an enticing travelogue that takes readers to websites similar to the life-size sport of Berlin’s "Checkpoint Charlie" on the Reagan Library, the fallout look after exhibit on the Smithsonian, and shows approximately "Sgt. Elvis," America’s most renowned chilly conflict 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 outfitted, their ancient websites have few viewers, and plenty of in their museums have now shifted concentration to different issues. Proponents of the thought of a heroic "Cold conflict victory" failed; the general public didn’t purchase the reliable tale. full of life, readable, and well-informed, this e-book expands present discussions approximately reminiscence and background, and increases fascinating questions on renowned skepticism towards legitimate ideology.

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