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The Death of Truth

Kakutani Michiko

9780008312800

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Price: $19.99
Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9780008312800
Published: August 2019

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From a Pulitzer Prize-winning critic comes an impassioned critique of the West's retreat from reason.

'The Death of Truth is destined to become the defining treatise of our age' David Grann

'The first great book of the Trump administration ... essential reading' Rolling Stone
We live in a time when the very idea of objective truth is mocked and discounted by the US President. Discredited conspiracy theories and ideologies have resurfaced, proven science is once more up for debate, and Russian propaganda floods our screens. The wisdom of the crowd has usurped research and expertise, and we are each left clinging to the beliefs that best confirm our biases.

How did truth become an endangered species? This decline began decades ago, and in The Death of Truth, former New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani takes a penetrating look at the cultural forces that contributed to this gathering storm. In social media and literature, television, academia, and political campaigns, Kakutani identifies the trends - originating on both the right and the left - that have combined to elevate subjectivity over factuality, science, and common values. And she returns us to the words of the great critics of authoritarianism, writers like George Orwell and Hannah Arendt, whose work is newly and eerily relevant.

With remarkable erudition and insight, Kakutani offers a provocative diagnosis of our current condition and presents a path forward for our truth-challenged times.

Book details and technical specifications

Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN13: 9780008312800
Published: August 2019

Number of pages: 208
Width: 111 mm
Height: 178 mm
Depth: 13 mm

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

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