Das Lexikon der Gefahren

Alexander Marguier

Das Lexikon der Gefahren

272 pages
Erstmals im Taschenbuch
First day of sale: 13.01.2016
ISBN 978-3-8321-6196-5

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Autumn 2010
256 pages with 50 Illustrations

Swine flu, poisonous mushrooms, particulate matter –
Is fear justified?

Where is the next danger lurking? Fear is booming; one threat follows the other. But are we afraid of the wrong things? Airplane crashes, attack dogs, terrorist attacks, hurricanes, floods and treacherous diseases: The world transmitted as to us by the media is an unparalleled high risk area. But how have we managed to survive microorganisms in yoghurt or cornflakes produced out of genetically modified maize?
Whoever watches television with a concerned look, smokes a cigarette to calm his nerves and takes a swig of the first beer of the evening probably lives more dangerously than an airplane passenger. Our fears are irrational. We are children who are afraid of the staircase down to the dark basement.

The “Lexikon der Gefahren” casts light into the cellar of our fears. It provides an amusing survey of everything that worries us for no reason as well as the things that are more dangerous than we think – from alcohol to ticks.

Alexander Marguier
was born 1969 in Horb, Swabia, and lives in Berlin. He worked for the FAZ and as a politics editor for Die Welt am Sonntag. During the past nine years he has headed the editorial staff for social issues at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung and became deputy editor-in-chief of the magazine Cicero in July 2010. DuMont Buchverlag published his book “Das Luxuslexikon” in 2007.

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Alexander Marguier

Alexander Marguier, geboren 1969 im schwäbischen Horb, lebt in Berlin. Er arbeitete für die FAZ und als Politikredakteur der Welt am Sonntag. Während der letzten neun Jahre verantwortete er das Gesellschafts-Ressort der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung, seit Juli 2010 ist er stellvertretender Chefredakteur des Magazins Cicero. Im DuMont Buchverlag erschienen ›Das Luxuslexikon‹ (2007) und das ›Lexikon der Gefahren‹ (2010).