As memories of the Cold War recede, it becomes more and more difficult to remember what it was about and why it evoked such feelings of intensity and fatalism. Fortunately, we have a gold mine of movies and novels to help us recall why an entire generation of Americans grew up ducking under school desks in air raid drills and stocking the family bomb shelter. Cold War Fantasies retrieves those times, based on the idea that a nation's history, self-concept, and collective anxiety are reflected in popular culture. In Cold War Fantasies, Ronnie Lipschutz combines an historical account of foreign and domestic politics from 1945 to 1995 with summaries and analyses of 30 novels and films contemporaneously published and produced.
Ronnie D. Lipschutz is professor of politics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Chapter 1 Films and Novels Discussed in this Book Chapter 2 Preface: What Did You Do in the Cold War, Daddy? Chapter 3 A Note to the Reader Chapter 4 Film, Fiction, American Politics Chapter 5 From Hot War to Cold War Chapter 6 Reds among Us? Chapter 7 Spies! Chapter 8 Nukes! Chapter 9 The Final Frontier Chapter 10 Vietnam, Over and Over Chapter 11 Renewing the Cold War Chapter 12 New Competitors, Old Enemies Chapter 13 Now What? Chapter 14 Notes Chapter 15 Resources Chapter 16 Bibliography Chapter 17 Index