Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream by Sasha Abramsky

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Read Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream Online Free - 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 he shoots her dead? Why do we fear infrequent acts of terrorism more far more common acts of violence? Why does a disease like Ebola, which killed only a handful of Americans, provoke panic, whereas the flu--which kills tens of thousands each year--is dismissed with a yawn?
Jumping at Shadows is Sasha Abramsky's searing account of America's most dangerous epidemic: irrational fear. Taking readers on a dramatic journey through a divided nation, where everything from immigration to disease, gun control to health care has become fodder for fearmongers and conspiracists, he delivers an eye-popping analysis of our misconceptions about risk and threats. What emerges is a shocking portrait of a political and cultural landscape that is, increasingly, defined by our worst fears and rampant anxieties.
Ultimately, Abramsky shows that how we calculate risk and deal with fear can teach us a great deal about ourselves, exposing deeply ingrained strains of racism, classism, and xenophobia within our culture, as well as our growing susceptibility to the toxic messages of demagogues.

Title : Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream
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ISBN : 1568585195
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Venessa rated it ★★★★☆

March 13, 2017

Watch for my review in an upcoming issue of Library Journal.

Jennifer rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 17, 2017

Although this supposedly looks at how we incorrectly calculate relative risk in our daily lives, the first chapter was a condemnation of Donald Trump as a demagogue and of his supporters as overly reactive to America's current cultural and political situation. The author then moved on to how the...

Robert rated it ★★★☆☆

September 26, 2017

Jumping at Shadows tackles the important topic of fear in the American psyche and its impact on our everyday lives. Abramsky tries to dive into why Americans fear terrorism or plane crashes more than car crashes even though the latter kills far more in any given year among other topics. The author...

Rick rated it ★★★★☆

October 10, 2017

A wise and in depth report on the state of a nation that is arguably the strongest, richest, and most secure in world history yet suffers chronic and traumatic dread of imagined dangers on all fronts. Abramsky shows just how bad off we are and the mess our fears have put us in. We cower in the fa...

Amy rated it ★★★☆☆

October 03, 2017

Parts of this book illuminated our country's current situation and even shed light on the irrational and paranoid behavior I see in some of my own relatives--who are ruled by fear which is fed by right wing propaganda and social media. But Abramsky rambles. And the rambling made this hard to read...

Sascha rated it ★★★★☆

October 11, 2017

This is less a critical analysis than a discursive review of the topic at hand. That said, Abramsky deftly sifts through his topic with clarity and accuracy, uncovering some of what drives the destructive valorization of our culture around fear, violence, and reactionary progress. This is not a "...

Ralph rated it ★★★★☆

September 18, 2017

Quick read with plenty of thought provoking take-away "conversation starters."

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