Jumping At Shadows

Jumping At Shadows

The Triumph Of Fear And The End Of The American Dream

Book - 2017
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"Why does a disease that killed only a handful of Americans like ebola provoke panic, but the flu-which kills tens of thousands each year-is dismissed with a yawn? Why is an unarmed young black woman who knocks on a stranger's front door to ask for help after her car breaks down perceived to be so threatening that the stranger shoots her dead? In Jumping at Shadows, Sasha Abramsky sets his sights on America's most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. In this meditation on the paralyzing terror Americans feel when confronted with something they don't understand-from foreigners to tropical viruses to universal health care-Abramsky delivers an eye-opening analysis of our misconceptions about risk and threats, and how our brains interpret them, both at a neurological level and at a conscious one. What emerges is a journey through a political and cultural landscape that is defined by our fears, which are often misplaced. Ultimately, Abramsky shows that our fears can teach us a great deal about our society, exposing our deeply ingrained racism, classism, xenophobia, and susceptibility to the toxic messages of demagogues"--
Publisher: New York :, Nation Books,, 2017
ISBN: 9781568585192
Branch Call Number: 302.120973 Abramsky
Characteristics: ix, 324 pages ;,25 cm


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Jan 08, 2018

YOU. MUST. READ. THIS. BOOK. This author shows in clear detail why we fear the wrong things and how authoritarianism could be around the corner. We're not afraid to the things we should be; driving while texting, drinking and driving, etc, simply because they are so ingrained in our daily lives. While at the same time, we remain fearful of things that have very little probability of happening i.e. Terrorism. If you, like me, wonder how we got to this point, you'll find a lot of answers here.


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