America is a country gripped by fear. In this widely-acclaimed book, Barry Glassner exposes the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our anxieties. These peddlers of fear (politicians, advocacy groups, and the media) cost Americans dearly, weighing us down with needless worries and causing us to squander billions of dollars to fix mythological problems. Topics like lethal road rage get major play in the media, even though one is far more likely to be killed by lightning. Meanwhile, we fail to correct the true cause of a problem; for instance, instead of enacting tougher gun laws, we erect more prisons. Ultimately reassuring, The Culture of Fear diagnoses the predominant pathology of our age and provides a passionate cry for a return to rationality.This audio edition includes an exclusive introduction by documentary filmmaker and author Michael Moore.More
Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction (abridged), 2005
"A critical look at the baseless, harmful paranoia spread by our mass media....One of the most important sociological books you'll read this year, and certainly the most reassuring." (Kirkus)
"A gutsy expose of one of the most widespread delusions of our time: misplaced fear." (Los Angeles Times Book Review)
"[Glassner] wields an impressive body of research and consequently enjoys the power of redefining reality for a moment in history." (Salon)
"Oddly comforting....Glassner's delivery is serious but not emotionless....virtually everyone will leave this book with a more realistic, guardedly optimistic world view." (Publishers Weekly)
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Well documented critique
A really enjoyable social science listen...