The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things (Revised)

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5.4 X 1.1 X 8.1 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Barry Glassner is a professor of sociology at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Glassner previously held posts at Syracuse University, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Southern California. He received his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis and is the author of The Gospel of Food. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


"Glassner has written a gutsy exposΓ© of one of the most widespread delusions of our time: misplaced fear."
--Los Angeles Times
"A sobering examination."--Washington Post Book World
"[The Culture of Fear] ought to be part of every savvy media-watcher's toolbox."--American Prospect
"[Glassner is] a master at the art of dissecting research."--New York Times
"We become what we behold. And what we behold in our public media is an America more terrifying than it actually is. Combining meticulous scholarship with a winning prose style, Barry Glassner shows how and why our media are scaring us to death. The book is a calming as it is serious, and offers a sound intellectual alternative to Prozac."--Neil Postman, author of Amusing Ourselves to Death
"The Culture of Fear uses strong data and careful reasoning to calm everybody down."--Amitai Etzioni, author of The Limits of Privacy
"One of the most important sociological books you'll read this year, and certainly the most reassuring."--Kirkus Reviews