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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 assessment a number of examples from US background of the demonization of the US’ s perceived rivals. Their research demonstrates that American army deployments are usually a part of a cycle of legendary projection in which the satan many times looks anew and has to be exorcised via redemptive acts of conflict, even on the rate of curbing democratic values.

 

Meticulously researched, documented, and argued, Hunt the Devil opens with modern photos of the USA’ 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 by way of American writers, in presidential rhetoric, and in pop culture, Ivie and Giner exhibit how using demonization within the struggle on terror is simply the latest manifestation of a strategy that has recurred all through American history.

 

In a 6th bankruptcy, the authors introduce the archetype of the Trickster. although now not against the satan in keeping with se, the Trickster’ s democratic impulses have usually supplied a corrective antidote to the corrosive and distorting results of demonization. Invoking the framework of Carl Jung’ s shadow point, Hunt the Devil deals 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 fingers on the earth, yet for the potential for family peace inside an more and more assorted society. Hunt the Devil offers a lot of curiosity to readers and students within the fields of battle, rhetorical stories, American stories, US political tradition, Jungian psychology, and mythography. 

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