- Ruth Ben-Ghiat: "American Sniper" has become the top-grossing war movie in U.S.
- She says America admires the lead character for his individualism and affinity for guns
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University. A specialist in 20th century European and Italian history, she is the author of a new book, "Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema." The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.
(CNN)Every age has the heroes it deserves, as the saying goes. To judge from the success of the movie "American Sniper," the hero of the current moment would be the trained killer.