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The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author of Backlash — 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 fueled 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 nonwhite "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 anew.

Review:

"Faludi provides stunning and depressing evidence of a concerted effort to silence women and roll back women's rights in the wake of 9/11 and to transform the attack on a U.S. financial symbol where men and women worked side by side into an assault on family and hearth." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"[T]he most thought-provoking and eye-opening book yet about this nation's reaction to 9/11." Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"[E]xhaustive and compelling...reveals a deep and abiding narrative that has lain underneath the very conception of how we view ourselves as 'Americans.'" San Diego Union-Tribune

Review:

"Faludi is a cherry-picker of facts and figures, seldom providing the context to judge the data she presents." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"[T]he research is comprehensive and convincing, it's also largely secondhand." USA Today

Review:

"Readers with misgivings about post-9/11 America will appreciate Faludi's fantasy busting; right-wing radio hosts will denounce her as a traitorous feminist." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and bestselling author of Backlash, examines America's deeply-rooted attitude toward gender....

Synopsis:

From the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and best-selling author of Backlash--

an unflinching dissection of the mind of America after 9/11

Synopsis:

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 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 fueled 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 gun-slingers, 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--as they did on September 11.

 

Brilliant and important, The Terror Dream shows what 9/11 revealed about us--and offers the opportunity to look at ourselves anew.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Susan Faludi is the author of Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man and Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Nation, among other publications. She lives in San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805086928
Subtitle:
Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America
Author:
Faludi, Susan
Author:
McDonald, Beth
Publisher:
Metropolitan Books
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Fear
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
United States Civilization 1970-
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20071002
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 cds, 12 hours
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Review" by , "Faludi provides stunning and depressing evidence of a concerted effort to silence women and roll back women's rights in the wake of 9/11 and to transform the attack on a U.S. financial symbol where men and women worked side by side into an assault on family and hearth."
"Review" by , "[T]he most thought-provoking and eye-opening book yet about this nation's reaction to 9/11."
"Review" by , "[E]xhaustive and compelling...reveals a deep and abiding narrative that has lain underneath the very conception of how we view ourselves as 'Americans.'"
"Review" by , "Faludi is a cherry-picker of facts and figures, seldom providing the context to judge the data she presents."
"Review" by , "[T]he research is comprehensive and convincing, it's also largely secondhand."
"Review" by , "Readers with misgivings about post-9/11 America will appreciate Faludi's fantasy busting; right-wing radio hosts will denounce her as a traitorous feminist."
"Synopsis" by ,
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and bestselling author of Backlash, examines America's deeply-rooted attitude toward gender....
"Synopsis" by ,
From the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and best-selling author of Backlash--

an unflinching dissection of the mind of America after 9/11

"Synopsis" by ,
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 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 fueled 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 gun-slingers, 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--as they did on September 11.

 

Brilliant and important, The Terror Dream shows what 9/11 revealed about us--and offers the opportunity to look at ourselves anew.

"Synopsis" by ,

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.

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