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The Merchants of Fear: Why They Want Us to Be Afraid...
     

The Merchants of Fear: Why They Want Us to Be Afraid...

by Christopher Catherwood, Joe DiVanna
 

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We’re all afraid of something. But what is it that Americans, collectively, are afraid of (or told to be afraid of)? This book looks at how fear is perpetuated in the United States and offers a compelling argument for why our fears are vital to our survival.

 

The Merchants of Fear takes a unique approach in developing the fundamental argument

Overview

We’re all afraid of something. But what is it that Americans, collectively, are afraid of (or told to be afraid of)? This book looks at how fear is perpetuated in the United States and offers a compelling argument for why our fears are vital to our survival.

 

The Merchants of Fear takes a unique approach in developing the fundamental argument that despite our nation’s emphasis on freedom, Americans often see their freedoms reduced as a reaction to fear. The expressed intention of this book is to examine how fear is used by government officials, big business, and corporate organizations to mold public policy and drive profits for the media.

 

Christopher Catherwood and Joseph DiVanna argue that the use of fear to influence social and economic change is not new. In fact, there is a long history of its use in the United States over the past two hundred years to help effect a particular outcome—so much so that scaremongering is now commonplace and part of our collective psyche. For example, watch Fox News, and if the yelling doesn’t get to you, the alarming nature of its messages and news stories are enough to send anyone running for cover. Fear—in all its forms (past and present)—is examined through historical documents to the events and decisions that are affecting Americans today. Corporations, large and small, have successfully used fear to hoodwink consumers into purchasing any number of products, from personal safety items to terrorist insurance.

 

Be afraid. Be very afraid!

 

This is an important new work that every American should read, no matter his or her party affiliation, religion, or age. Timely and relevant in this post–9/11 world, it leaves us with a question that all Americans must ask themselves: “Are we any safer now, or are we simply more aware of being afraid?”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599212814
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Catherwood is a professor of history at Cambridge University and a summer lecturer at the University of Richmond. He has been a consultant to the prime minister of the United Kingdom and a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Institute and University of Virginia. His previous titles include the international best seller, Churchill’s Folly, and A Brief History of the Middle East. He lives in Cambridge.

 

Joseph DiVanna is an American economist and business consultant who also lives in Cambridge. He is the author of several books, including Strategic Thinking in Tactical Times and People: The New Asset on the Balance Sheet.

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