18 July 2006

War Tourism Winners and Losers

It seems that there is money in having the right kind of war on your doorstep, as Maryland mobilizes its impressive American Civil War legacy to attract the out-of-state dollar. Let's hope there is some spinoff to help struggling writers and publishers who cover the same sort of legacy. But it does beg the question of why some wars do better than others when it comes to posterity? American Revolutionary War books don't sell in anything like the same numbers as Civil War books. The First World War, most of the time, languishes in the shadow of the Second, yet much of the current crisis in the Middle East owes its origins to the former.

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