JUMPING AT SHADOWS: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream.
New York: Nation Books, (2017) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A look at the science and psychology behind fear-based politics: "Why is an unarmed young black woman who knocks on a stranger's front door to ask for help after her car breaks down perceived to be so threatening that he shoots her dead? Why do we fear infrequent acts of terrorism more far more common acts of violence? Why does a disease like Ebola, which killed only a handful of Americans, provoke panic, whereas the flu--which kills tens of thousands each year--is dismissed with a yawn?. . . a journey through a divided nation, where everything from immigration to disease, gun control to health care has become fodder for fearmongers and conspiracists, . . . exposing deeply ingrained strains of racism, classism, and xenophobia within our culture, as well as our growing susceptibility to the toxic messages of demagogues." SIGNED and dated on the title page. Index. 324 pp. ISBN: 978-1568585192.