Most of us “remember” America’s wars less from personal experience or the memories of loved ones who served than through the movies those wars have inspired. And as the generations that fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam pass on, the vivid impressions left by those movies become even more primary, their images stamped on our memories in ways that history books or journalism can seldom equal. Books tend to work on the intellectual side of human nature, while motion pictures operate more at the visceral, emotional level. Compressed, intense and immediate, films are an ideal medium for evoking heroism and danger.

This is the subject of my collaboration with Glen Jeansonne, War on the Silver Screen. Our book examines how America’s major military conflicts have been depicted on film from World War I, which coincided with the birth of Hollywood, through the War on Terror. [Read more] – Michael’s Blog