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1 H. Bruce Franklin War Stars: The Superweapon and the American Imagination
Oxford University Press, USA October 1988 0195052951 / 9780195052954 Signed By Author
Hardcover Used - Very Good Very Good SIGNED BY AUTHOR and scribed. Lavisly illustrated with photograph in black and white. All international shipments are made via PRIORITY MAIL, U.S.PS. Please see amount before purchase. Water marks to book, water marks to Dust Jacket. but only to the lower front corner. Summary: Shortly after H.G. Wells published War of the Worlds, in which Martians decimate humanity, an American author countered with a buoyantly optimistic sequel, Edison's Conquest of Mars--the great Thomas Edison invents a disintegrator beam which exterminates the aliens and unifies Earth behind America. This may seem a harmless fantasy, but as H. Bruce Franklin points out in War Stars, an eye-opening analysis of the superweapon in American culture, Edison's Conquest epitomizes a pattern of thought that has beguiled Americans since the 18th century: the belief that miraculous new weapons will somehow end war and bring global triumph to American ideals. 21.60 
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