How war monuments keep history lessons alive

“Prisoners of History: What Monuments to World II Tell us About our History and Ourselves” by Keith Lowe; William Collins (302 pages, $29.99) ––– A pedestal is a risky place to take a stand. In America, official tributes to leaders from Robert E. Lee to Abraham Lincoln have been destroyed or defaced. In Europe, memorials to Communist dictators have been torn down. In the Middle East, even massive images of ancient gods have been blown up. Keith Lowe’s “Prisoners of History: What Monuments to World II Tell us About our History and Ourselves” examines how different countries’ statues and museums…

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