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Manufacturing Hope: Post-9/11 Notes on…

Manufacturing Hope: Post-9/11 Notes on Politics, Culture, Torture, and the…

by Carla Seaquist

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When the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 occurred, author Carla Seaquist was living in one of the targeted cities, Washington, D.C. Seeing the Pentagon on fire, its black smoke filling the sky, she knew instantly she did not want to react as the playwright she was at the time, to dramatize how horrific that historic day was. Instead, she wanted to help. America had been dealt a blow, a lethal one, and she wanted to make sense of it, help the country recover, combat with reason whatever was coming next. Commentary, Seaquist realized, was her vehicle---and this book, Manufacturing Hope, is the result: a collection of the op-eds, essays, and dialogues she wrote in response, with many of the pieces published originally in The Christian Science Monitor. Written from the barricades and seeking to point the way, Seaquist's insights illuminate the intersection where politics, culture, and the American character meet---reflected in this book from first (Reinventing normalcy) to last (Going after Godot, about the return of hope with the election of President Barack Obama). And when news of Abu Ghraib broke in May 2004, Seaquist reacted that day and continued to protest in print against America's shameful descent into torture (ex., Bush's torture policy hurts our soldiers). Leavening the book's dark realities are Seaquist's wit (Goodbye, Tony Soprano. Welcome back, Atticus Finch), innovative style (two essays in dialogue, Behemoth in a bathrobe and Back to Casablanca), and her philosophical understanding that, to reverse the nation's decline, America's can-do spirit must be reignited and muscled up: that is, we must manufacture hope. This book's readership is the conscientious public Seaquist met at the barricades (and whom she writes about)---citizens who give the American character its moral strength.

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