The Terror Dream

The Terror Dream

Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America

Book - 2007
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In this original examination of America's post-9/11 culture, journalist Faludi shines a light on the country's psychological response to the attacks of that terrible day. Turning her observational powers on the media, popular culture, and political life, Faludi unearths a barely acknowledged 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? The answer, she finds, lies in a historical anomaly unique to the American experience: the nation 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.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2007.
ISBN: 9780805086928
Characteristics: xii, 351 p. ;,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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