This is the companion website for The American Culture of War. This book presents a sweeping, critical examination of every major American war of the late 20th century: World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the First and Second Persian Gulf Wars, and Operation Enduring Freedom.

What you will find on this website:

  • About the Book: book description, author biography, table of contents, and bibliography
  • Resources: Discussion questions, links for further reading and related resources, chronologies of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, instructors will find sample syllabi from instructors who teach with The American Culture of War
  • Feedback: Send feedback to the author.

Now in its third edition, The American Culture of War presents a sweeping critical examination of every major American war since 1941: the Second World War, Korea, Vietnam, the First and Second Persian Gulf Wars, US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the war against ISIS. As he carefully considers the cultural forces that surrounded each military engagement, Adrian Lewis offers an original and provocative look at the motives, people and governments used to wage war, the discord among military personnel, the flawed political policies that guided military strategy, and the civilian perceptions that characterized each conflict. This third edition features:

  • A new structure focused more exclusively on the character and conduct of the wars themselves
  • Updates to account for the latest, evolving scholarship on these conflicts
  • An updated account of American military involvement in the Middle East, including the abrupt rise of ISIS

The new edition of The American Culture of War remains a comprehensive and essential resource for any student of American wartime conduct.

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Cold War and Vietnam War

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Persian Gulf War and Global War on Terrorism

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About the Author

Adrian R. Lewis is Professor of History at the University of Kansas. He has taught at the Naval War College and at West Point, and is a retired United States Army Major. He is the author of Omaha Beach: A Flawed Victory.