Benjamin Cooper

Benjamin Cooper is assistant professor of English at Lindenwood University and former lecturer in American cultural studies and the humanities at Washington University in St. Louis’ Center for the Humanities. His book on veteran American literature from the Revolution through Reconstruction is under contract with University of Massachusetts Press.

Posts by Benjamin Cooper

Mistaken Enmity

What intrigues most about Gall’s book, however, is not the many local lessons it offers but rather how it wants to construct and control a broader narrative about the war. This impulse is smart insofar as no coherent national narrative about Afghanistan seems to circulate, and The Wrong Enemy realizes its opportunity to address the vacuum.

Cities of War

David Kilcullen’s new book predicts the future of armed conflict through terrorism’s recent past, and with the city as its stage, but Out of The Mountains is best when it’s analyzing, not prophesying.