Please Scream Inside Your Heart: Breaking News and Nervous Breakdowns in the Year that Wouldn't End

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From the publisher of the NextDraft newsletter comes a cathartic and humorous ride through the unnerving, maddening hellscape of the 2020 press cycle, reestablishing the line between "real" news and real life.Please lower your shoulder restraint and keep your hands and feet in. You’re about to board a roller coaster ride through a year that was at once laughable and lethal.
If you’ve got an anti-anxiety prescription, now would probably be a good time to call in a refill.

Please Scream Inside Your Heart is a time capsule; a real-time ride through the maddening hell that was the 2020 news cycle—when historic turmoil and media mania stretched American sanity, democracy, and toilet paper. Who better to examine this unhinged period in all of its twists and turns than news addict Dave Pell, aka the internet’s Managing Editor? Fueled by the wisdom and advice of his two Holocaust-surviving parents, for whom parts of this story were all too familiar, Pell puts the key stories of 2020 into context with pith and punch; highlighting turning points that widened America’s divisions, deepened our obsession with a media-driven civil war, and nearly knocked the country off its tracks. 
Pell also examines the role of technology in society—and how we somehow built the exact opposite of what we thought we were building. Why did the lies spread faster than the truth? How did our tech addiction contribute to the nightmare? Why do you feel a vibration in your pocket right now?
In 2020, the news was everywhere, and everything was political—even the air we breathed. So brace yourself as you’re hurtled through the twists and turns of the corkscrewiest year in American history; one that included two impeachment trials, a global pandemic, Black Lives Matter, the biggest election of a lifetime, a slide towards autocracy, and a warning from the makers of Lysol not to drink their products.
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Viper Spaulding
November 11, 2021
This is the intellectual reassurance we all needed! Dave Pell has been soothing my soul for quite some time with his daily newsletter, NextDraft. His humor and laser-sharp wit reduce the anxiety-inducing news topics to a manageable level, reminding me that I'm not the only one who sees current events for what they really are. When I heard he'd put all his 2020 eggs into one book basket, I knew right away it was one I had to have. And when I was able to secure an ARC copy through NetGalley, I was not disappointed. Stealing the title from a sign above a roller coaster admonishing riders not to allow their fear to alarm their fellow passengers, he goes on to craft the entire 13-month news cycle - from January 2020 through January 2021 - as the roller coaster it was. He not only examines everything that happened on our national and world stage, he puts it into the context of history as only a man with deep personal ties to the atrocities of the Holocaust can. This should be required reading for everyone too young to call themselves a Boomer, as those are the folks who lack the first- and second-hand knowledge of how hard evil was to eradicate in WWII. I grew up wondering just how the good Christian people of Germany could have allowed such a madman to destroy their country; I never thought I'd live in an America that was so ill-educated as to allow it to happen here only a few decades later. This book lays it all out in plain language, easy to read yet filled with thought-provoking insights and amazingly cogent exposition. This is as much an autobiography as it is political punditry, a method that serves to underscore the authority with which he comments as well as endearing him to the reader as just another hard-working family man, the kind that built this country in the first place. Scattered throughout are some of his best tweets, reminding us all of the power of social media to cut through the noise and connect us with like-minded fellow citizens. I am still awaiting the delivery of the hard copy of this book; even though my children are all grown and not a single one of them is stupid enough to fall for the authoritarian cult that is today's GOP, I'm still going to insist that they read this book to insulate their intelligence and arm them with the necessary facts and historical perspective so they can defend our nation's Constitution against the encroaching evil that, sadly, is not yet completely vanquished. If you're looking for a book to explain the past year in America and to educate yourself or your target audience, look no further. This is a fun book to read, despite its heavy content, because it reminds us that we're not the ones who've lost sight of what this great nation is truly all about. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
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“If news is a drug, I’m the world’s foremost user,” claims NextDraft newsletter publisher Pell in this witty if hectic rehash of 2020. Drawing on news stories from around the world, Pell reminds ...

About the author

Dave Pell has been writing about news, technology, and media since 1999. He writes NextDraft, a newsletter offering a quick and entertaining look at the day's most fascinating news. He's been news obsessed since he was child and he is known to his readers as the Internet's Managing Editor. He has also been investing in and advising startups since the earliest days of the internet, and has written extensively on the role of technology in our lives. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He sits on the board of 826 Valencia and is a longtime advisor to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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