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

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  • 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 media prompts us to be psychologically predisposed to fear "the other." While he makes many valid points over the course of the book, especially, in my opinion, about parenting in modern America, I felt

    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 media prompts us to be psychologically predisposed to fear "the other." While he makes many valid points over the course of the book, especially, in my opinion, about parenting in modern America, I felt the volume as a whole to be too much a liberal condemnation of blue collar America, with too little discussion of why that group has come to their views. While the author does indicate that a great deal of our misplaced risk assessment comes from the mainstream media's "if it bleeds it leads" philosophy of news, the only media outlet he specifically calls out is Fox News. Further, there is no call for responsible journalism instead of the sensationalism that pervaids the media of all genres and networks. I'm increasingly frustrated by authors or speakers decrying what they view as racism and xenophobia without addressing WHY people feel this way and making some concrete suggestions for how we could all come together, idealistic as that may seem.

  • Ralph Cooper

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

  • Robert S

    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 some really good points in this book but I would have appreciated some more analytics and less personal opinions. I also think the book would have benefitted more with conversations from average ever

    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 some really good points in this book but I would have appreciated some more analytics and less personal opinions. I also think the book would have benefitted more with conversations from average everyday people who feel this way.

  • 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 of non-threats, all the while dismissing real problems that endanger our very existence. In the process, we've put our very freedoms at risk. Now that's something to be afraid of.

  • Sascha Cohen

    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 "fun" read. But it is a very valuable one. Recommended.

  • Amy

    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 at times.

  • Emily S.

    donald trump is a demagogue.

    fear nuclear war, not brown people.

    listen to ralph nader, he gets it right. maybe your seat belt is the real enemy, eh?

    check yourself. check your hate. don't be so cray, cray.

    the end.

  • 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 issues related to the central premise. Which he’s not terribly good at — visual descriptions are particularly clunky.

    Also, yes, the author’s viewpoint is staunchly leftie. If that’s likely to trigger you,

    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 issues related to the central premise. Which he’s not terribly good at — visual descriptions are particularly clunky.

    Also, yes, the author’s viewpoint is staunchly leftie. If that’s likely to trigger you, go to your safe space and blame it all on Hillary.

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