The Terror Dream by Susan Faludi
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.

 

About Susan Faludi

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Susan Faludi is the author of Stiffed and Backlash, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, among other publications. She lives in San Francisco.
 
Published October 2, 2007 by Metropolitan Books. 484 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Was America's response to 9/11 to seek refuge in a longstanding fantasy of "manly men" rescuing the innocent and helpless female?

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A new book from Pulitzer Prize winner Susan Faludi says America turned after the Sept. 11 attacks to timeworn notions of manliness and femininity — and rolled back women's rights in the process. Fresh Air's book critic has a review.

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Book Reporter

demeaning the (female) critics --- like Kristen Breitweiser and her.

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Daily Kos

Men without the neocon's weaknesses and fears - the men the neocons wish they were - would have chosen your strategy, not just because it would actually have worked, but because they would have had no weaknesses and fears to hide from themselves behind reflexive belligerence.

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OpEdNews

After solidly describing the "terror dream" and the myth that was created, or, perhaps, more accurately, resurrected, Faludi takes us back, in her Phylogeny section of the book, to show how early on, strong pioneer women were marginalized, how the books and stories about brave women, the statues...

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Windy City Media

Susan Faludi is best known for Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women ( 1991 ) .

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truthdig

Like most of Baghdad, Dora, a predominantly Sunni, middle-class district of 450,000 people, is a maze of 12-foot-high walls that American forces have erected to quell the sectarian strife that afflicted the city from 2005 until early 2008.

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focus on the Delta as the primary residence of the blues”: Nowhere in Delta Blues do I claim that the Delta was the primary residence of the blues.

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Yet when the military released the first news of the assault, it was portrayed as a victory over a formidable enemy force, a legitimate battle in which 128 enemy troops were killed without the loss of a single American life.

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