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SARDAR / DAVIES: American Dream, Global Nightmare

    

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SARDAR / DAVIES: American Dream, Global Nightmare

Recorded in association with Icon Books, Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies follow their bestseller Why Do People Hate America? with a new title that examines the myths that sustain American life, from those of the Founding Fathers to those manufactured by the Hollywood dream factory. Fear, ignorance, nationalism, war and celebrity loom large. Now that the ‘American Dream’ has become a global nightmare, understanding the laws of American life should be essential for us all.



Disc 1

  American Dream, Global Nightmare
1.   American Dream: Preface 00:05:21
2.   Introduction: The Ten Laws of American Mythology 00:04:56
3.   In our earlier work... 00:05:04
4.   The conundrum of style or substance... 00:05:02
5.   The 2004 Presidential election could be... 00:03:47
6.   To non - Americans, America looks like... 00:03:55
7.   Laws 1 - 5 00:04:18
8.   Laws 6 - 10 00:04:14
9.   Collectively these laws define the nature... 00:01:46
10.   Chapter 1: Drums Along the Mohawk 00:05:16
11.   'Drums Along the Mohawk' begins where America... 00:05:03
12.   Historically, America begins with... 00:05:07
13.   Settlers came to America led by imagery... 00:05:36
14.   The wilderness - frontier experience... 00:05:45
15.   Fear and a sense of imminent threat... 00:05:25
16.   According to Jonathan Jones... 00:03:56
17.   'Drums Along the Mohawk' has its own example... 00:04:52


Disc 2

  American Dream, Global Nightmare
1.   Chapter 2: Mr Smith goes to Washington 00:04:58
2.   At the heart of America as a nation... 00:04:57
3.   There are a number of serious problems... 00:04:48
4.   Another problem provided by the Constitution... 00:04:34
5.   The greatest practical departure from... 00:05:25
6.   America has spawned increasing numbers of... 00:04:15
7.   If they could look to other advanced... 00:04:13
8.   Chapter 3: To Have and Have Not 00:06:39
9.   'To Have and Have Not' is a moral... 00:05:17
10.   The Founding Fathers had no compunction... 00:04:02
11.   When America sought to externalise... 00:06:45
12.   Roosevelt was not the only voice urging... 00:07:55
13.   In the early 20th century the US introduced... 00:05:25
14.   Myths help us to work out who are the good... 00:04:22
15.   Chapter 4: The Player 00:05:46


Disc 3

  American Dream, Global Nightmare
1.   In the course of 'The Player'... 00:05:22
2.   But by the time the axe fell on the Patents... 00:05:32
3.   By the 1920s the Hollywood studio system... 00:05:39
4.   In the 1930s and 40s... 00:05:36
5.   This was the empire made by the Hollywood... 00:05:58
6.   Mythic narrative is always built around the... 00:06:20
7.   In the opening shot of 'The Player'... 00:02:49
8.   Chapter 5: Sands of Iwo Jima 00:05:18
9.   World war produced its own necessity... 00:06:57
10.   Most of the symbolic moments in America's history... 00:05:43
11.   The Second World War saw the mass mobilisation... 00:06:02
12.   National security and security from enemies... 00:04:58
13.   Real defence spending since 1955... 00:05:33
14.   The necessity of war is deeply entrenched... 00:04:27
15.   Chapter 6: Universal Soldier 00:03:01


Disc 4

  American Dream, Global Nightmare
1.   Genre movies like... 00:05:00
2.   The idea that America is conceived in global... 00:05:49
3.   The regenerated human cyborgs of 'Universal Soldier'... 00:06:13
4.   But most modern - day apologists for... 00:04:29
5.   Equating democracy with consumerism... 00:05:27
6.   Like empires of old, the ruling elite... 00:05:14
7.   Charles Maynes argues that the empire... 00:03:50
8.   America as global narrative is an... 00:04:30
9.   Conclusion: Beyond 'Groundhog Day' 00:05:40
10.   Clearly our reading of American history... 00:04:23
11.   Religion in America, however, is a potent... 00:05:30
12.   The war on terror is the ultimate 'Groundhog... 00:06:08
13.   We have argued that the ten laws of American... 00:06:19
14.   But this psychosis... 00:05:39
15.   The 21st century world is an inter - dependent... 00:05:09

Total Playing Time: 05:17:19






Author(s):
Sardar, Ziauddin

Reader(s):
Davies, Merryl Wyn

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Period: Contemporary

Catalogue No: NA436212

Barcode: 9789626343623

Physical Release: 01/2005

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