Changing Images of the Warrior Hero in America. History of Popular Symbolism

Author: Linenthal, Edward
An interdisciplinary probe of attitudes towards war, the soldier, and the war hero in the United States from the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War.


"His appraisal is an adept analysis of one of the darker dimensions of the American popular mind and of the fusion of religious and patriotic symbols in our common life. Ably documented, this monograph merits attention." - Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"This clearly written monograph is thought-provoking and occasionally provocative. It will prove fascinating reading to those interested in the `myth' of the frontier experience and in the evaluation of the American heroic ideal." - The Western Historical Quarterly

". . . provoke[s] hard thinking about the relationship of culture and national identity." - The Christian Science Monitor ". . . those who are attentive to sacral meanings in American literary culture should find ways to gain access to [this book]. . . . An original work that deserves wider attention than it may get. . . . Libraries should stock it." - The Christian Century

". . . its historical sensitivity to religious symbol is important. The evidence it presents is persuasive, and the dangers of a lingering mythology of the holy warrior in the nuclear age are clearly addressed." - Religious Studies Review