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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 observational powers... more » 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
This is an amazing book. The first part is about how the American culture's reaction to 9/11 belies the extreme sexism of our society. The second part of the book explores parallels that exist between our reactions to terrorism today and our reactions to wars with Native Americans in colonial America, Daniel Boone, etc.
It's a great read, though a bit academic. I really love reading books that show me a different perspective and leave me with more questions than when I began.