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As the U.S. gained international stature, the archetype of the frontier aristocrat articulated the goals and ideals of the American populace. But Slotkin shows how, as time progressed, the increasing irrelevance of the frontier myth on foreign soil foiled the prowess of the U.S. war machine. At the book's conclusion, in which images of the My Lai Massacre are juxtaposed against the final shootout of Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, the contradiction between faith and experience becomes painfully evident. Gunfighter Nation delivers the satisfaction of a historian with the acquired wisdom to address directly the issues that inspired his lifelong work. --John M. Anderson
I get a history lesson every night after work since ma has been reading this. A bit on the scholastic side that she has to look up words...but all too involving and interesting!Published 22 months ago by Andi
Twist facts or makes them up as he goes. Doesn't show any Balanced research. Just a bunch of twisting of STEREO types to make a cheap story. Demigog's those true American's. Read morePublished 23 months ago by USAF-ORF
This book is a must buy, for anyone interested in an well researched account of frontier myth's. Slotkin delivers a readable journey through the western mythology of the... Read morePublished on October 24, 2009 by Michael J. Mann