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Manufacturing Hysteria: Scapegoating, Surveillance and Secrecy in Modern America
Date of Review: 
May.09.2011
Source: 
Publishers Weekly

Feldman ably sketches out instances of the trampling of the constitutional rights of Japanese-Americans during WWII and the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s, and offers especially fine analyses of the McCarthy era as "once again, the American people fell in line with the government, as liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans all joined in the scapegoating." Feldman's history offers a sharply revisionist view of 20th-century America that eschews triumphalism, and ends on the disheartening note that while "we have managed to right the ship of state each time" democracy is challenged, "one of these times we could reach a point of no return."