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American Hysteria by Andrew Burt

American Hysteria Andrew Burt

Praise for Andrew Burt’s American Hysteria

“Andrew Burt helps make sense of the political extremism and hate all around us. This is a must read book dealing with a topic few want to tackle.”

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, 1984 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

“Andrew Burt shows how episodes of political hysteria emerge in periods of deep uncertainty about American identity, when groups fearful of their changing status imagine mysterious threats from within and without. This beautifully written book reminds us that America’s greatness has come from our ability to adapt to change and forge a more perfect union.”

Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law
and the First Amendment, Yale Law School

Brilliantly chronicles five episodes of political hysteria where irrational fears, stirred up by irresponsible leaders, tore us loose from our constitutional moorings. Ranging from hysteria in the earliest days of the Republic to the groundless fear that American Muslims are seeking to establish Sharia law in this country today, the message of this truly impressive first book by Andrew Burt is as poignant as it is timely. America should listen.”

Jeffrey H. Smith, former General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency

“Burt, a brilliant intellect and scholar, explores some of the most sensitive issues our country has confronted, and provides an historical and sociological construct to lead us through these challenging debates. American Hysteria is a powerful read, and a deeply fascinating book.”

Admiral James G. Stavridis (Ret.), Dean of Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander

About the Author

Andrew Burt, a former reporter for U.S. News & World Report, is a Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project. His articles have appeared in SlatePolitico, and The Atlantic, among other publications. He lives in Washington, D.C.