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The End of the World As We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in America Paperback – May 1, 1999

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"A marvelous book, at once comprehensive and highly readable, a fascinating analysis of doomsday cults and apocalyptic anxiety.”

-Michael Owen Jones,University of California, Los Angeles

"The End of the World As We Know It makes accessible to both scholars and general readers the amazing panorama of millenarian scenarios abounding in America at the end of the millennium."

-Robert S. Ellwood,University of Southern California

"Will stand for some time as the best survey and analysis of the meaning and place of apocalypticism and millennialism in American culture."

-Religion and Literature

"Fascinating [and] intelligent . . . should be required reading."

-Psychotronic

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"Well-documented yet highly readable, THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT makes accessible to both scholars and general readers the amazing panorama of millenarian scenarios abounding in America at the end of the millennium. Wojcik is particularly impressive in showing how much apocalyptic anticipations coming from seemingly very diverse directions--Protestant fundamentalism, Catholic predictions, Marian apparitions, UFO-related scenarios, nuclear or ecological doomsaying in secular discourse, and more--fit into a basic pattern with deep roots in American history and American folk religion. In so doing, he indeed demonstrates that, as has been said, "apocalyptic is as American as the hot dog," and he teaches all of us more about ourselves." -- Robert S. Ellwood, Professor of Religion, University of Southern California

"A valuable and intriguing folklorist perspective on the amazing spectacle of apocalyptic concerns in contemporary America." -- Charles B. Strozier, Professor of History, City University of New York

"A masterful reading of contemporary millennialist and nihilist phenomena such as doomsday cults, the punk movement, and supernatural apparitions. Skillfully blending folklore and popular culture, Wojcik demonstrates the way the turn of the millennium is reviving ancient traditional beliefs and creating new ones in a post-industrial, postmodern era. His work is a fine example of the application of folkloristic methods to the contemporary world. A wealth of data, and keen, grounded analysis guided by cultural theory situated in ethnographic detail, written with clarity and style--we need more books like this one." -- Jack Santino, Professor of Folklore and Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (September 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814793487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814793480
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,276,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am getting my Graduate degree in folklore at the University of Oregon and Dr. Wojcik is one of my professors. This book is great! Informative and fun!!! Don't pass this one up!!!
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