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Author: Peter Biskind Narrator: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2025 ISBN: 9781504690652
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In The Eve of Destruction Peter Biskind reveals the ideological battles behind the violent and seemingly mindless escapism of twenty-first-century popular culture.

Wondering why we’re constantly inundated with zombies, vampires, witches, aliens from outer space, and a Pandora’s box of other supernatural creatures? Drawing on shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, films like Avatar and World War Z, and various other dystopian and supernatural fantasies, cultural critic Peter Biskind explains why these formerly disreputable subjects have suddenly become mainstream, minting money and creating a vast fan base.

Rather than dismissing these fictions as the worst that mass culture has to offer, Biskind reveals them as battlefields on which clashing ideologies struggle for advantage. Right assails left, left bashes right, and both gang up on the center. Biskind shows how the grand bipartisan accord that defined postwar society broke down over successive decades, hammered first from the left by the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and Watergate, and then from the right by the Reagan Revolution, 9/11, and later the Tea Party. Where once we had consensus, we now have polarization. Extremism, which used to be a vice, has become a virtue—and a hallmark—of our popular culture, even as it tears our political system to shreds.

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About the Author

Peter Biskind is a journalist and a former executive editor of Premiere magazine. He is best known for his entertaining and provocative portrayals of life in Hollywood. He is the author of a number of national bestsellers, including Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ‘N’ Roll Generation Saved Hollywood; Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film; and Gods and Monsters: Movers, Shakers, and Other Casualties of the Hollywood Machine. He has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, and is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair.