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Guts and Glory: The Making of the American Military Image in Film is the definitive study of the symbiotic relationship between the film industry and the United States armed services. Since the first edition was published nearly two decades ago, the nation has experienced several wars, both on the battlefield and in movie theatres and living rooms at home. Now, author Lawrence Suid has extensively revised and expanded his classic history of the mutual exploitation of the film industry and the military, exploring how Hollywood has reflected and effected changes in America’s image of its armed services. He offers in-depth looks at such classic films as Wings, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, The Longest Day, Patton, Top Gun, An Officer and a Gentleman, and Saving Private Ryan, as well as the controversial war movies The Green Berets, M*A*S*H, the Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, and Born on the Fourth of July.
Lawrence H. Suid, a military historian, is the author of several books and has recently appeared on The History Channel, Turner Classic Movies, and CNN.
"The definitive book about the relationship between Hollywood and the military."—Crosswinds Weekly
"A ‘revised and expanded’ edition that can only be called definitive. It’s hard to imagine anyone in the near future undertaking much less completing a study of such thoroughness and detail."—Journal of Military History
"This is excellent film history in a much neglected area of scholarship."—Library Journal
"Massive and instructive. . . . Suid offers detailed synopses of the plots of the films, his analyses of their critical worth, and his takes on the films’ contributions—or lack thereof—to the American military image."—VVA Veteran
"The most detailed source of information about the stories Hollywood tells about the American military and how the Pentagon seeks to portray itself in the film media."—Air Power History
"Well worth the price for those interested in the relationship between Hollywood and the military establishment or, more generally, between warfare and American culture."—Army History
"As a behind-the-lens history, Suid’s Guts and Glory is a perfect complement to the films he discusses at length."—Cineaste
"Without question, Larry Suid’s research completely covers Hollywood’s myriad role in shaping public opinion about national conflicts and his many conclusions amplify exactly what went on between Pentagon officials and big-name directors as each side jockeyed the other hoping to find an advantageous concession."—Film & History
"An excellent contribution to the growing studies on American films and to the war film genre in particular."—Film and History
"Suid adroitly describes the often rocky relationship between the military and the film industry, the result of which is the public’s view of the military."—Marine Corps Gazette
"Sweeping, comprehensive, detailed, revealing; the book is always interesting, occasionally surprising, and sometimes amusing. Suid has set out to analyze the making American war movies from the earliest days of film at the beginning of the Twentieth Century—before there was a Hollywood."—NYMAS Newsletter
"A seminal and monumental contribution to the history of the American military in film."—On Point
"An indispensable reference work. Meticulously documented, it is a classic in its own right and an essential research tool for anyone seriously interested in this field."—Quarterly Review of Film and Video
"An interesting, intelligent and never-pedantic analysis of a partnership that helped shape America’s view of its military and the world."—Wall Street Journal
"Brings Hollywood pictures of war into focus."—Wilson Quarterly
"A pioneering work in the history of war films."—John Chambers
"[Guts and Glory] examines a selection of war movies from 1915 to the 1970s, and is noteworthy for focusing attention on the relationship between the Hollywood establishment and the American military-industrial complex."—Choice
The University Press of Kentucky
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War films, Military studies, Film history, Film criticism
Film and Media Studies
Suid, Lawrence H., "Guts and Glory: The Making of the American Military Image in Film" (2002). Film and Media Studies. 13.