Pulsing with brilliant insights and invaluable scholarship, Hanoi Jane is much more than a biography of a single myth. It is an exploration of some of the tangled cultural, psychological, and historical strands that constitute American memory of the Vietnam War, memory with profound influence on American culture and behavior in the last quarter of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first. --H. Bruce Franklin, author of 'Vietnam and Other American Fantasies'
This is not a narrowly focused effort
to compare the real Jane Fonda to the image of Hanoi Jane. Rather, Lembcke shows how Fonda s demonization played an important part in a powerful rightwing campaign to attribute American defeat in Vietnam to left-wing scapegoats and to reconstitute U.S. power as well as the ideal of aggressive masculinity. --Christian G. Appy, author of 'Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered from All Sides'
As Lembcke tackles the question of where the moniker Hanoi Jane first appeared, he offers fascinating anecedotal evidence of the fervent beliefs that continue to fuel the betrayal myth in the twenty-first century. . . . In this provocative study, Lembcke probes the way in which political dissent combined with American anxieties about class, gender, and celebrity to vilify a woman who followed her political conscience. --Women's Review of Books
Recommended [for] general readers and undergraduate students. --Choice
About the Author
Jerry Lembcke is professor of sociology and The College of the Holy Cross and author of 'The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam.'