Jerry Lembcke

Jerry Lembcke is the author of nine books including The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory, and the Legacy of Vietnam (NYU Press, 1998), Hanoi Jane: War, Sex, and Fantasies of Betrayal (UMass Press, 2010), and Dissenting POWs: From Vietnam’s Hoa Lo Prison to America Today (Monthly Review Press, 2021. His The Cult of the Victim Veteran: MAGA Fantasies in Lost-War America came out with Routledge in July 2023. Jerry’s opinion pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He has been a guest on several NPR programs including On the Media.

MAGA’s Revanchist Roots: a Tale of Tropes

Found in Ukraine: Elizabeth Samet’s “Good War.”

Vietnam at the Movies, 2020-21

Identity or Unity: Discourses Matter

“Enlisted at 17”: Legend, Trope, or War Story?

Flashbacks, Fireworks—and Cars that Backfire?

Journalism’s Vietnam Syndrome: Thoughts Upon Brian Williams’s Return to Work

Nobody Spat on American GIs!

Veterans’ Day Through a Maureen Dowd Flashback

The Legacy of WWI Shell Shock for PTSD-TBI

The Cost of War: a Rhetoric

War Trauma and the New York Times

Vietnam Veterans Sue for PTSD

The Apocalypse Industry

The Unseen Wound