I’m reading Joseph Heller’s Something Happened (it’s pretty mediocre. I can’t really recommend it). At one point, a bit more than halfway through, the narrator’s daughter is enrolled in a summer camp and she begs her father to bring her home because she says she’s miserable; however, when the father visits the camp and asks her if she wants to go home with him, she refuses.
Bolding mine; the rest included for context.
So what does the phrase “lost the color war” mean? I don’t think I’ve ever heard it before. The book was written in the 60s, if that helps.