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The Apocalypse Is Everywhere: A Popular History of America's Favorite Nightmare Hardcover – November 12, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0313354380 ISBN-10: 0313354383

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  • Hardcover: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (November 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313354383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313354380
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,703,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Delves into contemporary popular culture from the perspective of one idea and reveals it to be widespread

• Explores historical schools of thought that led to the Western apocalyptic concept, showing the theology to be ancient and the culture from the Middle Ages

• Offers abundant modern-day examples of various interpretations and manifestations, from literal expectations of the biblical Apocalypse—such as in the Left Behind series—to artful or playful twists on the idea such as those expressed in Waiting for Godot, The Lord of the Rings, and numerous other works

• Serves as a guide in which readers can discover many basic facts, consider the examples, and see aspects of the contemporary world in a new light



• Illustrations showcase the widespread belief in apocalypse, including medieval drawings as well as contemporary photographs and movie stills

• A wide-ranging bibliography points the way to significant materials from the fields of history, literature, popular culture, theology, and more



"This book traces manifestations of the apocalypse of the biblical Book of Revelations in American popular culture. The author first seeks to demonstrate how widespread apocalyptic visions are before turning to an exploration of their roots in the Bible and in other religious traditions and surveying their historical development to the present day. She then turns back to the present, examining occurrences of apocalyptic ideas in movies, books, comics, games, music, art, televangelism, presidential speeches, and elsewhere."

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In the Battle of the Somme, almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed on the first day, July 1, 1916. Is it coincidence, given his later writings, that The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien fought in this devastating action? Are such experiences one of the reasons why Western culture so often expresses apocalyptic predispositions and expectations?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth May on May 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a regaler of apocalypse theories and folklore, Annie Rehill's "The Apocalypse is Everywhere" is a delightful journey of guilty pleasure into end-of-the-world stories from the biblical to the historical to the contemporary, through examples ranging from episodes of "The Simpsons" to Cormac McCarthy's desolate post-disaster novel "The Road."

From the political perspective, Rehill's examination of the Bush Jr. Administration's rhetoric, employed to influence the nation into believing there were weapons of mass destruction, is indicative of the administration's manipulation of patriotism through scare-didactics.

Compelling also about Rehill's encyclopedic research and array of apocalyptic examples is the divergent ways these examples, whether humorous, folkloric, or scientific, shape and influence our understanding of apocalypse theories.

For collectors of water bottles, batteries, canned goods, and freeze-dried food, this book is a must; as well as for those who enjoy referencing particular histories of peculiar subjects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JDS on March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
With the threat of nuclear war always looming in the 21st century, the apocalypse has become a popular theme in the entertainment industry. Fire, brimstone, bloodshed, carnage--will humans survive and repopulate or will this be the end of mankind? Will evil overcome or will good prevail? The potential plots and deviations are endless.

Our fascination with the apocalypse does beg the question of where it all began. In an increasingly secular America, it's easy to focus on the current drama unfolding on the big screen, but it's even easier to forget how and when this concept came to fruition. Annie Rehill dissects this concept of good versus evil and takes readers through its history, from biblical times through to modern pop culture.

Rehill has taken an intriguing topic and executed it in a way that is both interesting and understandable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Glembocki author of "The Second Nine Months" on April 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Okay, so the book is pricey. But it answers all the questions you have after you see one of those "end of the world" movies, putting puzzle pieces together, making sense of the history of our obsession with the end of the world. It's cool, and well-researched, and worth your time.
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By greenjeans on March 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was a fascinating read. The author goes into great depth in explaining the roots of apocalyptic culture in the US. Also explored is how we arrived at this obsession and the many forms it takes. This book really makes you think about the waves that ripple through our culture, defining it and yet not really talked about on a day to day basis. You need to read a book like this to put it all together and get the insight it delivers.
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