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  • Published: 17 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241373903
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

The Sky is Falling!

How Vampires, Zombies, Androids and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism




A bestselling cultural journalist takes us on a wild ride through pop culture, showing how it paved the way for today's extreme politics

Are Batman and 24's Jack Bauer heroic loners defending our way of life - or right-wing vigilantes attacking it? Is Avatar just a National Geographic version of Star Wars or a passionate assault on capitalism? And what about Game of Thrones - sword and sorcery fantasy, or lesson in mainstream politics?

In The Sky is Falling! bestselling cultural critic Peter Biskind takes us on a dizzying ride across two decades of pop culture to show how the TV and movies we love have taught us to love political extremism. Welcome to a darkly pessimistic, apocalyptic world where winter has come, the dead are walking, and ultra violence, revenge and torture are all in a day's work. Welcome to the new normal.

  • Published: 17 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9780241373903
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

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