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

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

Susan Faludi

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Beth McDonald

Length:

12h 24m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

01:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:53


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:37


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:44


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:47


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:56


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:10


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:59


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:28


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:47


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:49


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:11


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:46


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:31


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:28


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:25


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:46


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:34


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:11


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:15


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:06


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:06


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:20


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:11


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:06


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:53


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:00


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:47


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:37


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:00


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:30


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:29


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:57


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:53


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:06


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:35


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:46


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:55


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:40


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:30


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:53


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:51


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:11


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:28


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:22


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:23


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:09


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:39


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:38


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:33


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:19


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:01


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:33


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:05


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:12


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:52


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:09


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:04


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:25


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:59


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:17


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:47


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:03


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:07


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:57


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:46


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:31


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

06:24


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:09


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:56


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:01


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:55


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:18


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:43


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:09


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:50


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:51


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:04


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:22


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

06:27


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:32


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:32


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:00


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:47


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:23


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

07:01


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:59


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

06:02


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:07


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:46


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:16


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:41


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

04:57


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:24


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

06:48


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:04


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:03


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:25


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:07