The Last Myth - a literary event with co-authors Mathew Gross and Mel Gilles

Date: March 05, 2012

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Grand County Public Library- 257 E Center St.

Price: Event is free to the public!


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The Last Myth - a literary event with co-authors Mathew Gross and Mel Gilles

During the first dozen years of the twenty-first century—from Y2K through 2012—apocalyptic anticipation in America has leapt from the cultish to the mainstream. Today, nearly 60 percent of Americans believe that the events foretold in the book of Revelation will come true. But it’s not just the Christian Right that is obsessed with the end of the world; secular readers hungry for catastrophe have propelled fiction and nonfiction books about peak oil, global warming, and the end of civilization into best-sellers. How did we come to live in a culture obsessed by the belief that the end is nearly here?

A sweeping historical investigation into the origins of apocalyptic thought -- as well as a compelling survey of the dramatic crises we face in the twenty-first century -- The Last Myth explains why apocalyptic beliefs are surging into the American mainstream today. Demonstrating that our expectation of the end of the world is a surprisingly recent development in human thought, authors Mathew Barrett Gross and Mel Gilles combine history, current events, and psychological and cultural analysis to reveal the profound influence of apocalyptic thinking on America’s past, present, and future.

Engaging, powerful, and insightful, The Last Myth will change the way you look at the world—and its end.


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