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The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump A stirring and incisive manifesto on America s slide away from truth and reason Over the last three decades, Michiko Kakutani has been thinking and writing about the demise of objective truth in popular culture, academia, and contemporary politics In The Death of Truth, she connects the dots to reveal the slow march of untruth up to our present moment, when Red State and Blue State America have little common ground, proven science is once up for debate, and all opinions are held to be equally valid And, often than not, rudely declared online The wisdom of the crowd has diminished the power of research and expertise, and we are each left clinging to the facts that best confirm our biasesWith wit, erudition, and remarkable insight, Kakutani offers a provocative diagnosis of our current condition and presents a path forward for our truth challenged times

10 thoughts on “The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump

  1. BlackOxford BlackOxford says:

    Being ReasonableEpistemology learning what it means to be reasonable has become fashionable once again With any luck this might prove to be Donald Trump s most important achievement a backlash against the reality largely his of fake news Unfortunately The Death of Truth is yetfake news not a way to beat it.More formally, epistemology is the study of how we know what we know, of what

  2. Mark Mark says:

    I broke my rule about not reading books with Trump in the title for the ARC of this very solid extended essay by Michiko Kakutani I particularly liked the way she incorporated her extensive reading in fiction and non fiction to provide examples and commentary on today s politics and how we got here Also, good footnotes provide a guide to further reading My big reservation is that the

  3. Krista Krista says:

    As the former chief book critic of The New York Times, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Michiko Kakutani has apparently spent the past three decades noting and commenting on the decline of objective truth in American literature and public life and while she approves of this postmodern paradigm as it relates to art, she has been horrified to watch as disestablishmentarianism has migra

  4. Gary Moreau Gary Moreau says:

    The truth is this If you like literature, this is the best book you ve read this year If you don t like Trump, this will be the best book you ve read since he descended the gilded escalator And if you don t like the tone of modern politics, it is the best book you ve read in a couple of decades It s informative, extremely well written, and there is no personal mud slinging It s a book

  5. Maria Espadinha Maria Espadinha says:

    DTT A New Truth is Born Trump, the forty fifth president of the United States, lies so prolifically and with such velocity that The Washington Post calculated that he d made 2,140 false or misleading claims during his first year in office an average of nearly 5.9 a day According to MK, bumping into the truth through the Age of Trump, will be something like finding a needle in a gigantic

  6. Meike Meike says:

    The Death of Truth the book is now available in German Kakutani s book islike a long essay with features of an opinion piece than a thoroughly argued non fiction book The text s strength is clearly that the author, the former chief book critic of The New York Times, draws parallels between current phenomena and how writers like David Foster Wallace or Philip Roth commented on and describ

  7. Kusaimamekirai Kusaimamekirai says:

    I have a very close friend who is highly intelligent and whose opinion I value I had mentioned to him something about the basketball player Kyrie Irving and his quote that having flown around the world multiple times as an NBA player, he believes the earth is flat I was incredulous that a highly educated man such as Irving who attended Duke University could believe this My friend however

  8. Kyle Kyle says:

    Simply put, this is essential reading if you want to understand, at least in part, the political chaos caused by technology, and perpetuated by those who harness its power for authoritarian purposes.

  9. Marks54 Marks54 says:

    The Death of Truth is a short book that reads like a long essay The author, Michiko Kakutani, is a well known literary critic and former chief book review editor of the New York Times She is or should be a legend to anyone interested in reading good books and being highly and critically discerning about the books that one reads It is not necessary to agree with all that she writes, although

  10. Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin says:

    Very deep reading of the current crisis which has roots that go back pretty far to elements of 20th century movements like postmodernism and the totalitarian movements from the 1930s Postmodernism and Nihilism were the tools to pry apart institutions and the idea of the truth and replace it with a nihilistic will to power that is at the center of the far right which holds the reigns of gover

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