The Terror Dream

The Terror Dream

Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America

Book - 2007
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It has become clear over the years that the reaction of America's politicians and media to the attacks of 9/11 was bizarrely misdirected and dangerous to our national security. But no one has fully probed its cultural roots. Until now. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Susan Faludi brilliantly demonstrates how our culture's seemingly inexplicable response was actually a reflex set centuries deep in the American grain. Her analysis of what went on in the months and years after 9/11 will shock even those who thought they knew the full measure of that tragedy (as her account of the post-9/11 media marketing of flight-suit superheroes, cowering "security moms," Jessica-Lynchesque helpless "girls," and Daniel Boone-wannabe politicians will outrage and amuse).

A masterwork of historical interpretation and a Rosetta stone for deciphering the ongoing spectacle of American politics, journalism, and culture, The Terror Dream flushes from hiding a forceful dynamic that disfigures our lives even in times of normalcy, and that, unless it is confronted, will send us reeling in a wrong direction the next time tragedy strikes.

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2007.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312428006
Branch Call Number: 303.625 FALUDI S
Characteristics: xii, 351 pages ; 25 cm.


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WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Susan Faludi argues that a post-9/11 return to the myth of macho heroism and female frailty derives from colonial Puritan wars against the Indians and the cowboy conquest of the west. Insightful, darkly humorous and passionate, Faludi's original take on American popular culture, the media and the myth makers is ultimately a serious plea to get beyond the myths in critically examining the flaws in American foreign and domestic policy.


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