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The Terror Dream - Fear and Fantasy in Post - 9/11 America (Paperback)
The Terror Dream - Fear and Fantasy in Post - 9/11 America (Paperback): Susan Faludi

The Terror Dream - Fear and Fantasy in Post - 9/11 America (Paperback)

Susan Faludi

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash comes an unflinching dissection of the mind of America after 9/11. In this most original examination of America's post-9/11 culture, Susan Faludi shines a light on the country's psychological response to the attacks on that terrible day. Turning her acute observational powers on the media, popular culture, and political life, Faludi unearths a barely acknowledged but bedrock societal drama shot through with baffling contradictions. Why, she asks, did our culture respond to an assault against American global dominance with a frenzied summons to restore "traditional" manhood, marriage, and maternity? Why did we react as if the hijackers had targeted not a commercial and military edifice but the family home and nursery? Why did an attack fuelled by hatred of Western emancipation lead us to a regressive fixation on Doris Day womanhood and John Wayne masculinity, with trembling "security moms," swaggering presidential gunslingers, and the "rescue" of a female soldier cast as a "helpless little girl"?The answer, Faludi finds, lies in a historical anomaly unique to the American experience: the nation that in recent memory has been least vulnerable to domestic attack was forged in traumatizing assaults by non-white "barbarians" on town and village. That humiliation lies concealed under a myth of cowboy bluster and feminine frailty, which is reanimated whenever threat and shame looms. Brilliant and important, The Terror Dream shows what 9/11 revealed about us - and offers the opportunity to look at ourselves.

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Imprint: Scribe Publications
Country of origin: Australia
Release date: April 2008
Authors: Susan Faludi
Dimensions: 230mm (L)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
ISBN-13: 978-1-921215-92-6
Categories: Books > Reference & Interdisciplinary > Interdisciplinary studies > Cultural studies > General
Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political activism > Terrorism, freedom fighters, armed struggle > General
LSN: 1-921215-92-5
Barcode: 9781921215926

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