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  • Published: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241373873
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

The Sky is Falling

The Unexpected Politics of Hollywood’s Superheroes and Zombies




A bestselling cultural journalist takes us on a wild ride through pop culture, showing how it paved the way for today's extreme politics.

Are Batman and 24's Jack Bauer heroic loners defending our way of life - or right-wing vigilantes attacking it? Is Avatar just a National Geographic version of Star Wars or a passionate assault on capitalism? And what about Game of Thrones - sword and sorcery fantasy, or lesson in mainstream politics?

In The Sky is Falling! bestselling cultural critic Peter Biskind takes us on a dizzying ride across two decades of pop culture to show how the TV and movies we love have taught us to love political extremism. Welcome to a darkly pessimistic, apocalyptic world where winter has come, the dead are walking, and ultra violence, revenge and torture are all in a day's work. Welcome to the new normal.

  • Published: 19 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241373873
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $19.99

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