Never-Ending War on Terror: Volume 13

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by Alex Lubin

University of California Press

1/5/2021, paperback

SKU: 9780520297418


A concise primer to the political, cultural, and social consequences of the perpetual US global war on terror.

An entire generation of young adults has never known an America without the War on Terror. This book contends with the pervasive effects of post-9/11 policy and myth-making in every corner of American life. Never-Ending War on Terror is organized around five keywords that have come to define the cultural and political moment: homeland, security, privacy, torture, and drone. Alex Lubin synthesizes nearly two decades of United States war-making against terrorism by asking how the War on Terror has changed American politics and society, and how the War on Terror draws on historical myths about American national and imperial identity. From the PATRIOT Act to the hit show Homeland, from Edward Snowden to Guantanamo Bay, and from 9/11 memorials to Trumpism, this succinct book connects America's political economy and international relations to our contemporary culture at every turn.


"An elegantly written and highly intelligent book that examines the War on Terror from multiple vantage points. Alex Lubin's book manages to cover a great deal of ground in a small number of pages. Masterful and accessible." -- Moustafa Bayoumi, author of This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror

"A fluent, fluid, thoughtful, and concise book. Its reading of the War on Terror is clear, well articulated, and very useful for a broad audience. I am deeply impressed by how such a short book manages to cover so much ground so beautifully." -- Laleh Khalili, author of Sinews of War and Trade: Shipping and Capitalism in the Arabian Peninsula

About the Author:

Alex Lubin is Professor of African American Studies at Penn State University, where he studies the transnational history of the African Diaspora in the Middle East/North Africa. He is the author of Geographies of Liberation: The Making of an Afro-Arab Political Imaginary.