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Warrior Dreams: Paramilitary Culture in Post-Vietnam America James William Gibson

Warrior Dreams: Paramilitary Culture in Post-Vietnam America

James William Gibson

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ISBN : 9788323544074
Hardcover
396 pages
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Vietnam signaled the end of Americas long history of martial victories. Warrior Dreamsn argues that the shame of defeat by a technologically inferior enemy, compounded by challenges to the status quo from feminism & minority groups, created aMoreVietnam signaled the end of Americas long history of martial victories. Warrior Dreamsn argues that the shame of defeat by a technologically inferior enemy, compounded by challenges to the status quo from feminism & minority groups, created a profound crisis in American identity--particularly for white males--& gave birth to a disturbing & reactionary new war culture designed to make America well again. Armed with a journalists curiosity & a critics precision, Gibson sets out to map this new American war zone. He plays paintball with LAs weekend warriors, learns to shoot like a pro at Arizonas elite Gunsite Ranch & parties with soldiers of fortune at their annual convention in Las Vegas. He surveys the combat magazines & weapons advertisements, films & novels that fuel the sexual, violent fantasies of millions of would-be warriors across the country. He shows how this mythology, far from harmless consumer entertainment, has indeed started a new war with real warriors--Aryan Nation, contract killers, mercenaries in Central America--& with dangerous consequences for democracy.AcknowledgmentsIntroductionOld warriors, new warriorsBirth of the warriorBlack-widow womenWho is the enemy & what does he want?The heros magic weaponsSelf-transformation in combat & the pleasures of killingPaintball as combat sportPartying with the soldiers of fortuneBecoming the armed man: combat pistol shooting at Gunsite RanchHave gun, will travel: hit men, mercenaries & racist groups join the new warBad men & bad guns: the symbolic politics of gun controlParamilitarism as state policy in the Reagan-Bush eraConclusionNotesIndex