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

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

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 ten...

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  • Venessa
    Watch for my review in an upcoming issue of Library Journal....
  • Jennifer
    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 med...
  • Matthew Royal
    Good points; I don't disagree, but not rigorous and less scientific than I expected. Many times, the narrative seemed to stray into purely partisan storytelling. It was more a partisan political rant with a couple nonpolitical anecdotes. No historical comparisons with other periods overridden with f...
  • Robert S
    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 has...
  • Rick Conti
    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 face ...
  • David Becker
    A solid, interesting and very timely premise — the exploitation of fear to advance political and business agendas. And the sections that deal with that are great, explaining a lot about how our discourse sunk to where it is. The problem is the author often goes off on tangents to put a face on ...
  • Greg
    Mr. Abamsky, as so others have also noted, observes how much post-9-11 America is awash with "things to be afraid of": terrorists, immigrants, jihadists, etc.The book is useful in documenting how so much of this fear is both based upon relatively few instances -- and, upon ignoring the more real cau...
  • David Joseph
    Obviously a very timely book. Although fear is always timely. It’s funny how the zeitgeist always seems to be captured by media. Can a zeitgeist even act independently of media these days? A question for another day. For the most part, this was a really interesting and depressing read. Fear ha...
  • Marilyn McEntyre
    Living in a news cycle that peddles fear of perceived immediate threats 24/7, as well as ongoing awareness of global threats, keeps our collective adrenalin running and fosters what has become a culture of anxiety. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have been diagnosed with some form of anxiety diso...

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