Where Have All the Heroes Gone?: The Changing Nature of American Valor by Bruce PeabodyWhere Have All the Heroes Gone?: The Changing Nature of American Valor by Bruce Peabody

Where Have All the Heroes Gone?: The Changing Nature of American Valor

byBruce Peabody, Krista Jenkins

Paperback | March 14, 2017

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From the men and women associated with the American Revolution and Civil War to the seminal figures in the struggles for civil and women's rights, Americans have been fascinated with icons of great achievement, or at least reputation. But who spins today's narratives about American heroism,and to what end? In Where Have All the Heroes Gone?, Bruce Peabody and Krista Jenkins draw on the concept of the American hero to show an important gap between the views of political and media elites and the attitudes of the mass public. The authors contend that important changes over the past half century,including the increasing scope of new media and people's deepening political distrust, have drawn both politicians and producers of media content to the hero meme. However, popular reaction to this turn to heroism has been largely skeptical. As a result, the conversations and judgments of ordinaryAmericans, government officials, and media elites are often deeply divergent. Investigating the story of American heroes over the past five decades provides a narrative that can teach us about such issues as political socialization, institutional trust, and political communication.
Bruce Peabody is Professor of Political Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Krista Jenkins is Professor of Political Science and Director of PublicMind at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
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Title:Where Have All the Heroes Gone?: The Changing Nature of American ValorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:March 14, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199982961

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"This book's merit is not only in its superb scholarship; it is also moving and inspiring. Written in clear and easy prose, Where Have All the Heroes Gone, with its emphasis on the divergence of elite and common conceptions, is a turning point in our understanding of an ancient and universaltheme." --Barry Schwartz, University of Georgia