"Original and innovative." David McNab, author of No Place for Fairness and Walking a Tightrope
Noam Chomsky and George W. Bush seldom agree, but they both argued that 9/11 stood alone in American history. Although the use of airplanes as weapons of mass destruction was new, Mark Anderson maintains that the response to the attack was not: it was, in fact, as old as the Republic itself.
Beginning with the Mexican-American War and ending with the invasion of Iraq, Holy War probes presidential speeches, news reports, editorial cartoons, television programs, and films to uncover how the United States reverts back to its creation mythology of "fighting Indians" to justify centuries of American imperialism.
"Captivatingly written, highly accessible, and engaging. This book makes a major contribution to scholarship on 9/11 by drawing parallels between these events and America's role in previous conflicts. More so, it illuminates the connection between a legacy of racist images of Indigenous peoples in American popular culture and the use of related imagery to justify American imperialistic intervention." Matthew Tegelberg, Assistant Professor, York University