Although "Terrorized: How the War on Terror Affected American Culture and Society" briefly instances ways in which the Bush government responded to 9/11, the book’s primary interest is in how the government’s responses rippled through every strata of American society. Its focus is on ways in which Americans’ lives and attitudes have been transformed by what transpired after 9/11 and to what extent those changes are likely to persist well after the recent change in administrations.Chapters are organized thematically. Its seven principal chapters concentrate respectively on: the manifestations of Americans’ initial trauma after 9/11; the cult of revenge; the increased militarization of civilian life; the rejection of science and reason in favor of religion and ideology; the cult of secrecy and surveillance; from revenge to the acceptance of torture; and using the war to promote a free market economy.The book makes use of polls and surveys, contemporary newspaper reports, and movies and television shows to reflect the mood of the time. As the American public is not homogeneous it tries to find evidence for differing responses to evolving events during the years of the Bush presidency. It also avoids suggesting that manifestations (such as the militarization of American civilian life) have no roots in earlier American history. In many cases it is identifying an acceleration or intensification of previous trends.A final summary of changes effected by the Obama administration since 2009 reveals the extraordinary extent to which the transformation of American society has survived a new government and left Americans divided, fearful of their future, and uncertain of what it means to be American.