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Remembering the "Good" War / Elizabeth Samet

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We do seem to attribute to that earlier generation some greatness and I think there’s a delicate balance between honoring real sacrifice, and I think we should do that, and thinking that there is some sort of lost greatness that we can’t recover, that we’re kind of mired in an unhelpful nostalgia that doesn’t really illuminate the future very effectively for us.

We have on Elizabeth Samet, author of, "Looking for the Good War: American Amnesia and the Violent Pursuit of Happiness." Elizabeth is a professor of English at West Point.

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Elizabeth Samet

Samet has been a Professor of English at West Point since 1997, an experience that has significantly shaped her work. Samet earned her Ph.D. in English literature from Yale and her B.A. from Harvard University. She is the recipient of multiple awards and honors for her work.


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