The Terror Dream
Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America
By Susan Faludi
(Metropolitan Books, Hardcover, 9780805086928, 368pp.)
Publication Date: October 2, 2007
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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.
Susan Faludi is the author of Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man and Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and The Nation, among other publications. She lives in San Francisco.