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The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America
The Terror Dream Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America Author:Susan Faludi 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 observ... more »ational 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.« less