"A timely reminder of how Americans, for centuries, have understood their wars of aggression as ultimately justified and fundamentally innocent." Boyd Cothran, author of Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence
"Original and innovative." David McNab, author of No Place for Fairness and Walking a Tightrope
Noam Chomsky and George W. Bush seldom agree, but they both argued that 9/11 stood alone in American history. Although the use of airplanes as weapons of mass destruction was new, Mark Anderson maintains that the response to the attack was not: it was, in fact, as old as the Republic itself.
Beginning with the Mexican-American War and ending with the invasion of Iraq, Holy War probes presidential speeches, news reports, editorial cartoons, television programs, and films to uncover how the United States reverts back to its creation mythology of "fighting Indians" to justify centuries of American imperialism.
"Captivatingly written, highly accessible, and engaging. This book makes a major contribution to scholarship on 9/11 by drawing parallels between these events and America's role in previous conflicts. More so, it illuminates the connection between a legacy of racist images of Indigenous peoples in American popular culture and the use of related imagery to justify American imperialistic intervention." Matthew Tegelberg, Assistant Professor, York University
Table of Contents
Chapter One “Forever Young,” An Introduction
Chapter Two “BLESSINGS OF HEAVEN,” Mexican War
Chapter Three “The Bulliest Day Since Christ Was Born,” Jesus Custer
Chapter Four “A Chaos of the Land,” Mexican Revolution
Chapter Five “Fly in the ointment,” Augusto Sandino
Chapter Six “You just don’t turn it off,” Rambo’s Vietnam
Chapter Seven “The shining,” Ronald Reagan’s Nicaragua
Chapter Eight “Wake up call from God,” Conclusion