How Jewish Authors Reinvented The American War Novel
Northwestern University Press 2015
New Books in American StudiesNew Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Jewish StudiesNew Books in Literary StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in ReligionNew Books in Religion & FaithNew Books Network December 3, 2015 Bernice A. Heilbrunn
In her new book Young Lions: How Jewish Authors Reinvented the American War Novel (Northwestern University Press, 2015), Leah Garrett, the Loti Smorgon (Professor of Contemporary Jewish Life and Culture at Monash University in Australia) takes the reader through best-selling novels of World War II. These novels became source material for American’s popular perceptions of that war and a mirror on American society back home. Garrett tells the back story of how each novel was written, how much they reveal of their famous authors’ war experiences and how they reflect the politics of each authors perspective on America. Manyof the great American war novels published during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s were written by Jewish authors. Listen to Garrett’s explanation to understand why that was the case.You don’t need to have read Norman Mailer’s The Naked and the Dead, Herman Wouk’s The Caine Mutiny, Leon Uris’s Battle Cry or Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 to enjoy this book. Garrett walks you through what you need to know to enjoy the findings she’s unearthed in her research.Reaching across disciplines, Garrett’s book about American war novels casts light on American culture at home.