Terror Dream: The Post-9/11 American Psyche

WED, OCT 24, 2007 (58:56)

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Susan Faludi discusses her new book, The Terror Dream, a dissection of the mind of America after 9/11. Faludi shines a light on the country’s psychological response to the attacks on that terrible day. Turning her observational powers on the media, popular culture, and political life, she unearths a barely acknowledged but bedrock societal drama shot through with baffling contradictions. The Terror Dream shows what 9/11 revealed about us and offers us the opportunity to look at ourselves anew.

+ BIO: Susan Faludi

Susan Faludi is a journalist and author who has written extensively on gender issues. In 1991 she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism for a piece on the leverage buyout of Safeway Stores, focusing on the “human cost of high finance.” After graduating from Harvard University, where she wrote for The Harvard Crimson, she was a contributor to the New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Nation, as well as many other publications. In the 1980s Faludi wrote several pieces on the feminist movement and the resistance to it, resulting in her 1991 book, Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, for which she won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. She went on to write Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man, The Terror Dream, and, most recently, The Darkroom, which was inspired by her father’s transsexuality. She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies in the 2008-2009 academic year and a 2013-2014 Tallman Scholar in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program at Bowdoin College.

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