Forgetting the Cold War

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Historian Jon Wiener visits Cold War monuments, museums, and memorials across the United States to find out how the era is being remembered. How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey Across the New World is a travelogue that takes readers to sites such as the life-size recreation of Berlin's "Checkpoint Charlie" at the Reagan Library, the fallout shelter display at the Smithsonian.


Jon Wiener

Comments [7]

Tony from Canarsie

You mean to tell me that Prof. Weiner wasn't being sarcastic about Reagan supposedly winning the Cold War?

Dec. 11 2012 01:04 PM

This kind of revisionist, fantasy history on Reagan and the Cold War has persisted in the psychosis-soaked, myth-perpetuating brains of the right for a very long time.

A CLEAR detachment from reality.


Dec. 11 2012 01:00 PM
Tony from Canarsie

And remember when Gore Vidal warned that the U.S. needed to partner with the U.S.S.R. to defeat the coming Japanese economic juggernaut? Ahhh, good times.

Dec. 11 2012 12:59 PM
John A

I tend to think that winning the cold war went into peoples psyches and that's why there are so many insufferable little* emperors walking around today. (*not implying ageism)

Dec. 11 2012 12:57 PM
Lars Hanson from NYC

I wonder if Professor Wiener could comment on the slab of the Berlin Wall that is in a small park off 5th Avenue on East 53rd Street, a block from the Museum of the Modern Art. Is it a Cold War memorial, a piece of sculpture? Both?

Dec. 11 2012 12:55 PM

Did Reagan really 'win' the Cold War? Or was he just the President when the Soviet Union crumbled? The increase in the national debt ($1T to $3T) that fed the build-up in the military that accelerated the Soviet Union's demise can, in many ways, be seen as the beginning of our own end if we do not get our government expenditures under control. The debt monster that we released to defeat the Soviets now threatens to destroy us.

I am not a Reagan lover. He was just a good actor and we were lucky that his wrecklessness did not kill us all.

Dec. 11 2012 12:54 PM
Henry from Katonah

So is Mr. Wiener repeating that Reagan was the hero of the Cold War , not George Kennan, because he believes it?

Dec. 11 2012 12:50 PM

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