Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War (Oxford University Press, 2016).
What Paul Fussell's The Great War and Modern Memory did for literature, David Lubin's Grand Illusions does for the painting, photography, sculpture, and film inspired by the First World War. Astutely guiding his readers through the treacherous landscape where stubborn romantic myths befog the ghastly realities of modern warfare, Lubin powerfully demonstrates the Great War’s lasting legacy in all the visual arts. (David M. Kennedy, author of Over Here: The First World War and American Society)
A fascinating, richly illustrated examination of how this supposedly 'forgotten' war figured in the American imagination. (David Reynolds, author of The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century)
The deep shadow the First World War cast on American painting, film, and letters is the subject of David M. Lubin's impressive book. Demolishing the outmoded idea that the war of 1914-18 vanished from the American scene after 1918, the author offers us a wide-ranging study of both the visible and the underground traces war leaves in its wake. (Jay Winter, author of Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History)