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Hunt the Devil: A Demonology of US War Culture by Robert L. Ivie,Oscar Giner

By Robert L. Ivie,Oscar Giner

Hunt the Devil is a well timed and illuminating exploration of demonic imagery in US warfare tradition. In it, authors Robert L. Ivie and Oscar Giner learn the origins of the satan determine within the nationwide psyche and evaluate a variety of examples from US heritage of the demonization of the USA’ s perceived rivals. Their research demonstrates that American army deployments are frequently a part of a cycle of legendary projection in which the satan many times seems to be anew and has to be exorcised via redemptive acts of conflict, even on the price of curbing democratic values.


Meticulously researched, documented, and argued, Hunt the Devil opens with modern pictures of the U.S.’ s international conflict on terror within the aftermath of 9-11. In 5 chapters dedicated to the demonization of evildoers, witches, Indians, dictators, and Reds through American writers, in presidential rhetoric, and in pop culture, Ivie and Giner exhibit how using demonization within the battle on terror is just the newest manifestation of a technique that has recurred all through American history.


In a 6th bankruptcy, the authors introduce the archetype of the Trickster. even though now not against the satan according to se, the Trickster’ s democratic impulses have frequently supplied a corrective antidote to the corrosive and distorting results of demonization. Invoking the framework of Carl Jung’ s shadow element, Hunt the Devil bargains the Trickster as a determine who can holiday the cycle of demonization and war.


The position of the mythic satan within the American psyche has profound implications, not only for American international relations and using American hands on the planet, yet for the opportunity of family peace inside of an more and more various society. Hunt the Devil offers a lot of curiosity to readers and students within the fields of battle, rhetorical experiences, American experiences, US political tradition, Jungian psychology, and mythography. 

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