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Jumping at Shadows

The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream

by Sasha Abramsky

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Jumping at Shadows by Sasha Abramsky
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How we calculate risk and deal with fear can teach us a great deal about ourselves, exposing deeply ingrained strains of racism, classism, and xenophobia.

In September 2015, fourteen-year old Ahmed Mohamed was thrust into the national spotlight when the homemade clock he built out of a pencil case got him detained and expelled from school in Irving, Texas, because authorities mistook it for a bomb. Meanwhile, a few states away in Arkansas, businesswoman Jan Morgan declared her gun range a Muslim-free zone. Her reasoning was simple: She wasn't going to let would-be terrorists train on her range.

Both Mohamed and Morgan, along with a host of ordinary citizens and neurological and psychological experts, form the backbone of Sasha Abramsky's latest book Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream. Abramsky studies how a fear-driven culture shapes not only the way we interact with one another socially, but how it has impaired our ability to make thoughtful, rational decisions.

Abramsky interviews a ...

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