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    DescriptionWe are the safest humans who ever lived - the statistics prove it. And yet the media tells a different story with its warnings and scare stories. How is it possible that anxiety has become the stuff of daily life? In this ground-breaking, compulsively readable book, Dan Gardner shows how our flawed strategies for perceiving risk influence our lives, often with unforeseen and sometimes - tragic consequences. He throws light on our paranoia about everything from pedophiles to terrorism and reveals how the most significant threats are actually the mundane risks to which we pay little attention. Speaking to psychologists and scientists, as well as looking at the influence of the media and politicians, Gardner uncovers one of the central puzzles of our time: why are the safest people in history living in a culture of fear?

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    The Science and Politics of Fear
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Dan Gardner
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 304 g
    ISBN 13: 9780753515532
    ISBN 10: 0753515539

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDZ
    BISAC V2.8: SOC052000, PHI019000
    DC22: 302.12
    BISAC V2.8: PSY000000, POL000000
    Thema V1.0: PDZ
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Virgin Books
    Publication date
    01 January 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Dan Gardner is a columnist and senior writer for the Ottawa Citizen. Trained in history and law, Gardner worked in politics as a senior policy adviser before turning to journalism. His writing has received numerous awards, including the National Newspaper Award and Amnesty International's Media Award. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and two children.
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    "Excellent ... Gardner analyses everything from the media's predilection for irrational scare stories to the cynical use of fear by politicians pushing a particular agenda ... A cheery corrective to modern paranoia" Economist "Terrific ... exceptionally good - has the clarity of Malcolm Gladwell" Evening Standard "Enlivening ... a fascinating insight into the peculiar and devastating nature of human fear" Sunday Telegraph "Stimulating ... where writers such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Francis Wheen have been content largely to enumerate the errors of less rational men and women, Dan Gardner has collated part of what we need to diagnose the problem" Independent on Sunday "Beautifully observed" Observer