Dale Jr.'s Reviews > Manufacturing Hysteria: A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America

Manufacturing Hysteria by Jay Feldman
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bookshelves: non-fiction, history, social-commentary, 3-star

Absolutely full of information. This is a double-edged sword, however. If you enjoy reading about history and US politics, then you'll enjoy the book. However, if you're a casual history buff, be forewarned that this book is extremely dense with information.

Feldman does as good a job as possible making it readable and constructs the timeline well throughout, but I'd be lying if I said there weren't times while reading it that seemed to drag.

What I found most interesting is how much history has repeated itself time and time again in the US. Many of the quotes in the book I found could have been uttered by or about our current politicians. There was one quote in particular uttered against FDR that sounded almost verbatim to the criticisms of Obama today.

A good read and intensely interesting. Just be sure to pay attention.
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Reading Progress

June 2, 2012 – Started Reading
June 2, 2012 – Shelved
June 2, 2012 –
page 34
8.5%
June 3, 2012 –
page 66
16.5%
June 6, 2012 –
page 129
32.25%
June 21, 2012 –
page 165
41.25%
July 2, 2012 –
page 208
52.0%
July 5, 2012 –
page 236
59.0%
July 5, 2012 –
page 236
59.0%
July 12, 2012 –
page 253
63.25%
July 23, 2012 –
page 275
68.75%
July 24, 2012 –
page 287
71.75%
July 28, 2012 –
page 400
100.0%
July 28, 2012 – Finished Reading
August 28, 2012 – Shelved as: non-fiction
September 14, 2012 – Shelved as: history
September 20, 2012 – Shelved as: social-commentary
October 13, 2012 – Shelved as: 3-star

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