The Sky Is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism


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New Press
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6.4 X 1.1 X 9.4 inches | 1.25 pounds
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About the Author

Peter Biskind is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, a writer for Esquire, and the author of the classic bestsellers Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and Down and Dirty Pictures. He lives in upstate New York.


Praise for The Sky Is Falling
"Leaves no theory unturned. . . the author is thoughtful throughout."
--Jonathan Dean, Sunday Times (London), Best Books of 2018

"A thoughtful, entertaining, and occasionally profound critical study of the texts that entertain, move and, sometimes, shape us."
--The Spectator (London)

"The Sky Is Falling eloquently chronicles pop culture's pervasive role in mainstreaming extremism. . . . [It's] a fast-paced and eloquent ideological treatise on how radical politics has normalized extreme behaviors in films and TV shows."
--Shelf Awareness

"Biskind breathlessly excavates the last two decades of popular culture, hunting for clues about the rise of political extremism in America."
--Publishers Weekly

"[Biskind] convincingly demonstrates how movies and TV have softened--or hardened--audiences toward an embrace of the extreme, past the point where reason, pragmatism, and conventional morality hold sway. . . . Incisive analysis about 'the power of culture to inflame our emotions' and render reasonable debate inert."
--Kirkus Reviews

"The Sky Is Falling is not only insanely readable, it demonstrates how the way for Trump and all kinds of fundamentalists was paved years ago by apparently apolitical popular culture. This is a book about the seismic change at the very heart of today's society, and a book for all those who want to know exactly what a mess we're in."
--Slavoj Zizek

"A bold, witty, and brilliantly argued analysis of the role pop culture has played in the rise of American extremism."
--Ruth Reichl

"The only thing better than seeing a good movie is reading what Peter Biskind has to say about it. Who else can explicate the hidden politics of movies and make you laugh out loud at the same time?"
--Barbara Ehrenreich

"Peter Biskind's kaleidoscopic deep dive into the symbiotic relationship between the narratives of popular entertainment and our political culture had me talking out loud to myself. You'll never look at your favorite movies and TV shows the same way again. And you shouldn't."
--Steven Soderbergh

Praise for Peter Biskind's Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
"Your book was . . . like a bag of pot, with me saying, 'I'm not gonna smoke.' But I was insatiable."
--Quentin Tarantino