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The Sky is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism
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Peter Biskind
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The Sky is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism

Peter Biskind


9780241373859

Allen Lane


Film, TV & Radio;
Popular culture;
Media studies;
Political ideologies


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272 pages

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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— A rollercoaster ride through the intersections between pop culture and politics. You may never look at your favourite film franchise the same way again! Gavin Sladen

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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.

The Sky is Falling by Peter Biskind

By:   Peter Biskind
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9780241373859
ISBN 10:   0241373859
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Biskind is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, a writer for Esquire, and the author of the classic bestsellers Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and Down and Dirty Pictures. He lives in upstate New York.


Incisive ... Biskind convincingly demonstrates how movies and TV have softened audiences toward an embrace of the extreme * Kirkus * Your book was . . . like a bag of pot, with me saying, 'I'm not gonna smoke.' But I was insatiable -- Quentin Tarantino on EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS A bold, witty, and brilliantly argued analysis of the role pop culture has played in the rise of American extremism -- Ruth Reichl The great chronicler of Hollywood in the late twentieth century turns his critical eye to the cinema and television of the twenty first. Essential reading -- Colin MacCabe The only thing better than seeing a good movie is reading what Peter Biskind has to say about it. Who else can explicate the hidden politics of movies and make you laugh out loud at the same time? -- Barbara Ehrenreich A breathless compendium of storylines and audacious analysis ... touching on worthwhile questions about how film and TV shape our sense of history and how the world works. Pop culture has become pulp culture... which superhero will come to our rescue? * Times * Funny, intelligent and frightening ... What happens when pop turns to pulp? When nothing entertains but disaster? When democracy has all but dissolved in the acid rain of money? Read this marvellous book and find the answers -- Michael Wood Peter Biskind's kaleidoscopic deep dive into the symbiotic relationship between the narratives of popular entertainment and our political culture had me talking out loud to myself. You'll never look at your favorite movies and TV shows the same way again. And you shouldn't. -- Steven Soderbergh The Sky is Falling! is not only insanely readable, it demonstrates how the way for Trump and all kinds of fundamentalists was paved years ago by apparently apolitical popular culture. This is a book about the seismic change at the very heart of today's society, and a book for all those who want to know exactly what a mess we're in. -- Slavoj Zizek Biskind's wide-ranging arguments offer considerable food for thought * London Review of Books * Excellent critical writing ... Biskind's pastiche of right-wing paranoia is spot on * Irish Times * Compulsively readable ... a thoughtful, entertaining and occasionally profound critical study of the texts that entertain, move and, sometimes, shape us * Spectator *

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