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Franklin, H. Bruce (Howard Bruce) 1934-

Works: 83 works in 314 publications in 2 languages and 14,619 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Satire  Science fiction  Gothic fiction  Biography  Political fiction  Bibliography  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: PS648.S3, 813.3
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by H. Bruce Franklin
Future perfect : American science fiction of the nineteenth century by H. Bruce Franklin( Book )

47 editions published between 1955 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Work of serious scholarship that contains both fiction and criticism
The wake of the gods; Melville's mythology by H. Bruce Franklin( Book )

31 editions published between 1963 and 1996 in English and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Study showing how Melville consciously used myths, mythologies, comparative mythology, and mythological theories in his major works
Robert A. Heinlein : America as science fiction by H. Bruce Franklin( Book )

11 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Franklin sees Heinlein as a central cultural phenomenon, expressing some of the deepest dreams and nightmares of a rapidly changing society
M.I.A., or, Mythmaking in America by H. Bruce Franklin( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Almost two decades after the Vietnam War, most Americans remain convinced that U.S. prisoners are still being held captive in Southeast Asia, and many even accuse the government of concealing their existence. But as H. Bruce Franklin demonstrates in his startling investigation, there is no plausible basis for the belief in live POWs. Through scrupulous research, he shows for the first time how this illusion was fabricated and then converted into a powerful myth. Franklin reveals that in 1969 the Nixon administration, aided by militant pro-war forces, manufactured the POW/MIA issue to deflect attention from American atrocities in Vietnam, to undermine the burgeoning anti-war movement, and to stymie the Paris peace talks, resulting in the prolongation of the Vietnam War for another four years. Successive administrations, in an effort to mobilize public support for their continued economic and political warfare against Vietnam, asserted the possibility of live POWs at great emotional cost to both family members of the missing and countless Americans distressed about the fate of those supposedly left behind in Indochina. Born of political expediency, the POW/MIA issue was transformed in the 1980s into a potent myth. American culture was transfigured as movies and novels designed to reimage the Vietnam War turned the imagined post-war POWs into crucial symbols of betrayed American manhood and honor. Finally the myth began to turn against its creators when many Americans became convinced that the government itself was conspiring to betray the missing men. As he traces the evolution of the POW/MIA myth, Franklin not only exposes it as an elaborate hoax at the highest levels of government, but also explains why the myth has penetrated to the heart of American life. By confronting the "true tragedy of the missing in Vietnam," Franklin helps us to understand how to heal the terrible psychological and spiritual wounds of the Vietnam War
The victim as criminal and artist : literature from the American prison by H. Bruce Franklin( Book )

10 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

War stars : the superweapon and the American imagination by H. Bruce Franklin( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2008 in English and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. Franklin begins his analysis with Robert Fulton, who first articulated this belief by claiming that an Age of Reason--including an end to ignorance, monarchy, and war--would be ushered in by his three purely "defensive" military inventions: the submarine, the torpedo, and the steam warship. Franklin then traces this treacherously seductive idea as it weaves through American culture in many forms: the flood of "future-war" novels appearing between 1880 and World War I, in which made-in-America superweapons (including the first nuclear arms) keep the world eternally safe for democracy; Billy Mitchell's use of newsreel and popular magazines to promote air power as a weapon for peace; the animated Disney feature "Victory Through Air Power," which concludes with Japan in ruins while "America the Beautiful" plays in the background; a 1940 novel in which America uses atomic bombs to win World War II and establish a Pax Americana along the lines of the 1946 Baruch Plan; and such material products as the intercontinental bomber and missile, the atomic and hydrogen bomb, and "defensive" space weapons guaranteed to make previous superweapons "impotent and obsolete." Franklin explores over two hundred movies, rediscovering obscure works that directly influenced later decision-making and reinterpreting such modern classics as Catch 22,Slaughterhouse Five, and Dr. Strangelove. More important, he shows how American cultural images shape the imagination and discourse responsible for the actual superweapons looming over human destiny. Vividly written and filled with provocative insights, War Stars offers a sweeping account of two centuries of American cultural and military history. This groundbreaking volume provides a new perspective on the debate over nuclear weapons, defense policy, and the future of the earth.--
Vietnam and other American fantasies by H. Bruce Franklin( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book offers a wide-ranging exploration of the causes, meaning, and continuing significance of the American war in Vietnam. It is a synthesis of H. Bruce Franklin's decades of engagement with that conflict - a fusion of critical analysis, meticulous scholarship, and moral insight that reveals crucial truths about the war while exposing the many fantasies about Vietnam that permeate American culture and politics."--Jacket
The most important fish in the sea : menhaden and America by H. Bruce Franklin( Book )

17 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"H. Bruce Franklin has elucidated some of the most significant events and issues of our time: Vietnam, nuclear weapons, the U.S. prison system. Here he turns his talents as a historian and storyteller to a small, unappetizing fish that most have never heard of. Why? Because menhaden have shaped America's natural - and national - history, and today a single company threatens their place in both."--Jacket
Prison writing in 20th-century America( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An anthology of prison literature. The entries range from Jack London's account of his jailers' brutality, to Mumia Abdul-Jamal's writing "live from Death Row." Sixty stories, poems, memoirs and excerpts of novels
The essential Stalin; major theoretical writings, 1905-52 by Joseph Stalin( Book )

20 editions published between 1972 and 2010 in English and held by 509 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prison literature in America : the victim as criminal and artist by H. Bruce Franklin( Book )

16 editions published between 1982 and 1989 in English and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The confidence-man: his masquerade by Herman Melville( Book )

9 editions published between 1967 and 2007 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Savage irony and black humor as Melville's Confidence-Man strips away the hypocritical pretenses of fellow passengers on a Mississippi steamboat. Originally published 1857
Vietnam and America : a documented history( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No single event since World War II has marked this country's foreign policy and national image as deeply as did the war in Vietnam. Vietnam and America is a complete history of that war, as documented in essays by leading experts and in original source material. It presents generous selections from the documentary record, dispels distortions, and illuminates in depth both sides of the history of America's encounter with Vietnam
The Vietnam War in American stories, songs, and poems( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first college anthology of American literature about the Vietnam War brings together 16 stories, 5 songs, and 63 poems by 42 authors, most of whom were engaged with the war as soldiers, antiwar activists, nurses, journalists, and relief workers
Who should run the universities? by John A Howard( Book )

7 editions published between 1969 and 1979 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American prisoners and ex-prisoners, their writings : an annotated bibliography of published works, 1798-1981 by H. Bruce Franklin( Book )

5 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the movement toward revolution by H. Bruce Franklin( Book )

9 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Future perfect : American science fiction of the nineteenth century : an anthology by H. Bruce Franklin( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The scarlet letter and other writings : authoritative texts, contexts, criticism by Nathaniel Hawthorne( Book )

4 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents an annotated edition of "The Scarlet Letter," the story of a young wife convicted of adultery in seventeenth-century New England, and includes five shorter works by Hawthorne, a selection of the author's letters and notebook entries, and critical commentary
The iron heel by Jack London( Book )

4 editions published between 1980 and 1993 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this visionary and harrowing tale of class warfare that anticipates the political upheavals of the 1930s and beyond, a powerful state organization known as "The Iron Heel" is determined to crush the working class--at any cost
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Vietnam and other American fantasies
Alternative Names
Bruce Franklin, H. 1934-

Franklin, Bruce.

Franklin, Bruce 1934-

Franklin, H. Bruce

Franklin, H. Bruce 1934-

Franklin, Howard Bruce.

Franklin, Howard Bruce 1934-

H. Bruce Franklin American historian

H. Bruce Franklin Amerikaans historicus

H. Bruce Franklin historiador estadounidense

H. Bruce Franklin US-amerikanischer Historiker

フランクリン, H. ブルース

English (253)

Spanish (1)

War stars : the superweapon and the American imaginationVietnam and other American fantasiesThe most important fish in the sea : menhaden and AmericaPrison writing in 20th-century AmericaThe confidence-man: his masqueradeVietnam and America : a documented historyThe Vietnam War in American stories, songs, and poemsFuture perfect : American science fiction of the nineteenth century : an anthologyThe iron heel