The Crash of United Flight 93 and the Myth of America
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"Riley convincingly demonstrates that myth and symbol remain at the core of modern American life. At once extended field research, imaginative media ethnography, and elegant master class in cultural theory, Angel Patriots is a profound and also disturbing book."
—Jeffrey Alexander, author of Trauma: A Social Theory
“Angel Patriots is essential reading for anyone interested in American national identity or collective memory. Alexander Riley’s vivid and well-informed account of how Flight 93 has been remembered captures the myth-making process in action, and his analysis of sacred totems, redemptive heroes, and sacrificial ritual reinvigorates our understanding of civil religion.”
—Lyn Spillman, author, Nation and Commemoration: Creating National Identity in the United States and Australia
“Deploying the very best kind of cultural analysis, Alexander T. Riley vividly illustrates what the narration of United Flight 93 tells us about the contemporary American condition and more broadly provides important insights into the nature of Western societies today. Angel Patriots deserves to become a classic text in the field.”
—Brad West, author, Re-enchanting Nationalisms: Rituals and Remembrances in a Postmodern Age
"A profound and thought-provoking study, Angel Patriots unveils how, in the wake of 9/11, America mourned much more than the loss of life."
"Excellent material on national identity and cultural analysis. Clear and accessible discussion of myth and symbol.”
“Riley’s sophisticated interpretation of the myths surrounding Flight 93, coupled with his strong research at the chapel and memorial sites, make this an easy book to recommend…. [T]his is an excellent book for scholars wishing to learn about the memorialization of Flight 93.”
—The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
“Alexander Riley’s Angel Patriots is an engaging account of the cultural processes through which the meanings, narratives, and memory of United Flight 93 are constructed and reconstructed.”
—Sociology of Religion
“Alexander Riley’s Angel Patriots is an engaging account of the cultural processes through which the meanings, narratives, and memory of the United Flight 93 are constructed and reconstructed.”
—Sociology of Religion
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