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In postwar Europe and the Middle East, Hilton hotels were literally "little Americas," offering travelers cheeseburgers, air-conditioning, and respite from alien cultures. Conrad Hilton claimed that his hotels were constructed for profit and political impact, "to show the countries most exposed to Communism the other side of the coin." In Building the Cold War, Annabel Jane Wharton examines the architectural means by which this vision was executed, and then goes on to offer a sophisticated critique of one of the Cold War's first international businesses. Wharton demonstrates that the role of the Hilton hotels in the struggle against Communism was, as Conrad Hilton declared, significant, though in ways that he could not have imagined.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226894201
ISBN-10: 0226894207
Format: Paperback
(280mm x 212mm x 13mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Annabel Wharton

Annabel Jane Wharton is professor of art history at Duke University. Her books include Refiguring the Post-Classical City: Dura, Jerash, Jerusalem and Ravenna and Art of Empire: Painting and Architecture of the Byzantine Periphery.

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