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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,820 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barry Glassner Narrator: Barry Glassner and Michael Moore Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN:
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America is a country gripped by fear. In this widely-acclaimed book, Barry Glassner exposes the people and organizations that manipulate our perceptions and profit from our anxieties. These peddlers of fear (politicians, advocacy groups, and the media) cost Americans dearly, weighing us down with needless worries and causing us to squander billions of dollars to fix mythological problems. Topics like lethal road rage get major play in the media, even though one is far more likely to be killed by lightning. Meanwhile, we fail to correct the true cause of a problem; for instance, instead of enacting tougher gun laws, we erect more prisons. Ultimately reassuring, The Culture of Fear diagnoses the predominant pathology of our age and provides a passionate cry for a return to rationality.

This audio edition includes an exclusive introduction by documentary filmmaker and author Michael Moore. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 furious | 2/20/2014

    " meh, you worry too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camille | 2/17/2014

    " This book undoubtedly changed my life. I'm so wary of the news media now and have definitely become more aware of how many of our fears just might be of the wrong things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/14/2014

    " This is a great study done of today's news sources, and how they skew reality so as to scare the public into giving them their business. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Mevis | 2/5/2014

    " In many ways this book turns conventional thinking on its head. It can represent a paradigm shift to those inclined to accept what we are fed by big media. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 1/16/2014

    " review to come...reading now "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/10/2014

    " If you love sociology and think the American news media is absurd...you'll enjoy this one. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 1/4/2014

    " A very good social critique on how the news media and government interprets statistics to promote their agenda, many times using fear. Looks at many different stereotypes too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 12/8/2013

    " Very good expose of how fear is promoted in the media. Several interesting examples. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony Fecteau | 11/24/2013

    " This book really get you thinking about media. It is interesting when we get down to the statistics, and see we really do live in a culture of fear by choice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marya | 11/21/2013

    " Brainfood. It makes you think, as a good nonfiction book should, in that you still have room to question the statistics. What it certainly doesn't do is make you afraid, and isn't it nice when sociology can do that? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin Potash | 10/1/2013

    " I really like the premise, but I am dragging cause it feels a little repetitive and I want him to delve a little deeper rather than just sensationally demonstrating how misleading (and frightening) statistics, media, government, culture can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paige | 9/28/2013

    " I thought this was a very interesting book, it really opened my eyes to stupid fears that people have. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Emily | 7/4/2013

    " I got really bored with this. I have only not finished a book one other time, but I could not get interested enough to finish this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Clark | 5/6/2013

    " Interesting subject presented in a half-entertaining way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vincent | 10/28/2012

    " I couldn't believe how much this book has changed my view on the world and society. I firmly believe that everyone should read this and understand how and why paranoia rules society and its people. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 7/6/2012

    " Parts of this were really interesting but I think it would have been a better read about 10 years ago. It's a little dated now and I felt like I'd already heard most of what was said before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 5/27/2012

    " Again - a book whose title says it all. Agreed, agreed, agreed. I would like to see a new edition with some updates. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike Lieberman | 4/19/2012

    " another eye opening book how the media serves a purpose other than to inform the people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Puma | 2/14/2012

    " A great read, and a funny book. This is one of my favorite topics to talk about. Humans are simply not good at calculating risk, unless it involves choosing whether or not to engage a predator on the African plains. :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 2/5/2012

    " Readit a while ago, but it is a tremendous book. One of my favorites "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 11/20/2011

    " This book changed the way I viewed the media and how I approach what I read and see. It was required reading for a sociology course I took in college and I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandahear | 11/1/2011

    " cool to learn some actual facts that the media seems to overlook "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie P | 7/14/2011

    " Great book. Remember the year the media overhyped shark attacks? Well it turns out that the number was the same as any other year.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanne | 6/25/2011

    " You just can't help at laughing at all of our irrational fears. I know the chances of my suffocating on a plane are slim to none, and yet the thought of getting on an aircraft nearly cause me to hyperventillate. Cleverly written, sarcastic and intelligent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 6/23/2011

    " Very good expose of how fear is promoted in the media. Several interesting examples. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 6/11/2011

    " A great read, and a funny book. This is one of my favorite topics to talk about. Humans are simply not good at calculating risk, unless it involves choosing whether or not to engage a predator on the African plains. :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 12/6/2010

    " A very good social critique on how the news media and government interprets statistics to promote their agenda, many times using fear. Looks at many different stereotypes too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 9/13/2010

    " I liked that it made me think more critically about what the media presents (dead birds in 2010, etc) but I found myself skimming a lot.

    Read like 3 chapters and you're good to go. "

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About the Author
Author Barry Glassner

Barry Glassner is a professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. He is the author of seven books and countless articles that have appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world. His academic research has appeared in the most prestigious journals in sociology and psychiatry. He lives in Los Angeles.