From the bestselling author of How States Got Their Shapes comes an account of the great political panics in U.S. history. Mark Stein explores the propaganda and hype around the Salem Witch Trials, Communism, gay marriage, and other chaotic debates, offering an explanation of why we’re so susceptible to the fear. American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why explores this phenomenon, drawing connections across the ages. Based on primary documents, his research highlights the anxiety and overreactions surrounding an “other,” explaining how some people become panicked while others remain calm.
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