Caricatured villains are as vital to the movie business as car chases and shoot-outs. But the spotlight of derision shifts. When blacks were no longer shiftless jokes, the Asians no longer the Yellow Peril, and good Indians no longer had to be dead Indians, Arabs became the all-purpose bad-guys. Countless movies have portrayed them as loathsome lechers who terrorize, murder, and finally die in droves. In 'Reel Bad Arabs' scholar Jack Shaheen exposes in appalling detail this nightmare side of the Hollywood dream machine. --Christopher Dickey, Middle East Editor for Newsweek Magazine
About the Author
Jack G. Shaheen, a former CBS News consultant on Middle East affairs, is the world's foremost authority on media images of Arabs and Muslims. He is the author of 'Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11, Arab and Muslim Stereotyping in American Popular Culture', 'Nuclear War Films', and the award-winning 'TV Arab'.