The Culture of Fear

The Culture of Fear

Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
Written by Barry Glassner
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The Culture of Fear

Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things
Written by Barry Glassner | Narrated by Michael Moore & William Dufris
Why is society so scared? In what the Washington Post called “a sobering examination,” a sociologist takes a frank look at the things that scare us most — from plane crashes to murder reports. This deep dive into the roots of today’s terrors will help you reexamine what you’re most afraid of through an “oddly comforting audiobook” (Publishers Weekly).

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The bestselling audiobook revealing why Americans are so fearful, and why we fear the wrong things—now updated for the age of Trump

In the age of Trump, our society is defined by fear. Indeed, three out of four Americans say they feel more fearful today than they did only a couple decades ago. But are we living in exceptionally perilous times? In his bestselling audiobook The Culture of Fear, sociologist Barry Glassner demonstrates that it is our perception of danger that has increased, not the actual level of risk. Glassner exposes the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our fears: politicians who win elections by heightening concerns about crime and drug use even as rates for both are declining; advocacy groups that raise money by exaggerating the prevalence of particular diseases; TV shows that create a new scare every week to garner ratings. Glassner spells out the prices we pay for social panics: the huge sums of money that go to waste on unnecessary programs and products as well as time and energy spent worrying about our fears.

All the while, we are distracted from the true threats, from climate change to worsening inequality. In this updated edition of a modern classic, Glassner examines the current panics over vaccination and “political correctness” and reveals why Donald Trump’s fear mongering is so dangerously effective.

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Release Date: November 6, 2018
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Run time: 10 hours and 31 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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