Journal of American-East Asian Relations 17 (2010) 324–351 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/187656111X564306 brill.nl/jaer 1 Studies of opinion polls on the Vietnam war include Milton J. Rosenberg, Sidney Verba, and Philip E. Converse, Vietnam and the Silent Majority: Th e Dove’s Guide (New York: Harper & Row, 1970); William L. Lunch and Peter W. Sperlich, “American Public Opinion and the Vietnam War,” Western Political Quarterly 32 (March 1979); John E. Mueller, War, Presidents and Public Opinion (New York: Wiley, 1973); Adam J. Berinsky, “Th e Changing Context of Public A Deepening Disbelief: Th e American Movie Hero in Vietnam, 1958-1968 Jon Cowans Rutgers University – Newark Email: email@example.com Abstract Th ree important ﬁ lms reveal changing American attitudes toward the Cold War in Southeast Asia in the years of growing U.S. involvement there: Joseph Mankiewicz’s Th e Quiet American (1958), George Englund’s Th e Ugly American (1963), and John Wayne’s Th e Green Berets (1968). All three feature idealistic American heroes ﬁ ghting communism in Vietnam – and, in the later two ﬁ lms, ﬁ ghting American ignorance and apathy as well. Using some two dozen reviews in a wide range of periodicals, including daily
Journal of American-East Asian Relations – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: THE GREEN BERETS; THE QUIET AMERICAN; VIETNAM WAR; THE UGLY AMERICAN; PUBLIC OPINION; FILM REVIEWS; COLD WAR
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