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“Well, this sure pushes feminism off the map!” a reporter told Susan Faludi on 9/11, and in the weeks after the attacks, the author of Backlash and Stiffed watched pundits across the political spectrum herald a return to John Wayne–style manliness and milk-and-cookies femininity. In The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America, Faludi connects that panicky yearning for home and hearth not just to the military adventures that followed the tragedy but to centuries of American anxiety about being attacked on native soil, particularly from the Native Americans who were conquered for the sake of Manifest Destiny. It might be overstating things to suggest that everything that followed the collapse of the Twin Towers was a desperate effort to stage a multibillion-dollar remake of The Searchers with real bullets. But Faludi soberly and intelligently assembles an argument that exposes the “mythic underpinnings of our response to 9/11.” Faludi discusses and signs copies of her work at 3 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919.