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

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 an A stirring and incisive manifesto on America's slide away from truth and reason. Over the last three decades, Mi...

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Title:The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump
Author:Michiko Kakutani
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0525574824
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump Reviews

  • Kent Winward
    Jul 23, 2018
    There is a certain amount of hubris in Kakutani's take that the world and politics revolves around literary trends and theories. As much as I want to buy in whole hog, the hubris is the downfall of the book. Maybe I'm getting old and cynical, but it seems much more likely (and realisti...
  • Regina Lemoine
    Aug 13, 2018
    In clear and intelligent prose, Kakutani explains how we got from 1960's counterculture to our current, post-truth, era of Trump. Many of us were left reeling after the election, wondering how this could happen. As Kakutani points out, it happened because the conditions were ripe for i...
  • AC
    Jul 28, 2018
    Good for college students. I may assign it to one of my classes. Certainly not ground breaking, or analytically deep. Surveyish... ...
  • Mark
    Jun 04, 2018
    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 h...
  • erica
    Aug 14, 2018
    I bet you've never thought of Trump as a postmodernist, but according to legendary literary critic Michiko Kakutani, Trump is a product of the postmodern school of thought. According to Kakutani, a consequence of the postmodern movement was a prevalent spirit of skepticism toward "the ...
  • Nan
    Aug 14, 2018
    Cataloging America's truth decay does not make for easy bedtime reading. While Kakutani does an excellent job of reiterating all the misrepresentations, falsehoods, and outright lies of the Trump administration, most of us have heard all of them before. Stacking them up in one volume m...
  • Krista
    Jun 26, 2018
    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 ...
  • Philip Cohen
    Jul 20, 2018
    This is an excellent book. Kakutani takes Trump seriously and considers him literally, in the context of the history of authoritarianism and America's descent, and concludes we have underestimated the risk of a 1984 scenario. Short, very readable, lots of great references to the intell...
  • Joe M
    Jul 25, 2018
    Brilliantly researched and assembled by an author who is undeniably, a legend. Sure, I could knock off a star for being a bit scattershot and slightly overwhelming, but the importance of this book in 2018 can't be understated. ...
  • Danita L
    Aug 18, 2018
    An exceptional book, The Death of Truth is not just a book on falsehood in the age of Drumpf. In every instance, Michiko Kakutani documents her opinions and facts with quotations from other works, making the book an amazing reference tool on democracy and freedom and the attempts by ty...
  • Joan
    Jul 19, 2018
    Amazing book, describing how the country arrived at this point of "fake news", lies, etc. Discouraging but informative. ...
  • Kyle
    Jun 06, 2018
    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. ...
  • Michael Jantz
    Jul 22, 2018
    A bit of a "preaching to the choir" situation, but if the choir is "people who read books", well of course the rest won't be able to get this message (not that they would be receptive anyways). But my point (and Kakutani's) is that that non-choir is a group of quasi-literate half-baked...
  • Marc Gerstein
    Jul 19, 2018
    Immediately below is my preliminary 4-star review. Having finished now (after a more careful re-read from the start), I find it necessary to cut the rating to 3 for reasons discussed in the second part of the review. * * Halfway through but I feel I want to put some things out ...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jul 30, 2018
    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 repl...
  • Geri Degruy
    Jul 22, 2018
    This book should be essential reading for all Americans, (and actually all people in all countries.) Kakutani explains some of the history and seeds of untruth so we can see how this all began and how it has played out in the past. Her nine brief chapters plus Epilogue systematically i...
  • BlackOxford
    Aug 16, 2018
    Being Reasonable Epistemology - 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 ...
  • Joy Korones
    Jul 18, 2018
    Finished in four hours. Terrifying: do not read before bed! I wish I could use this in my AP classroom... ...
  • Sandy
    Sep 08, 2018
    This book is important for all of us who care about saving our democratic institutions and empowering the checks and balances of our three branches of government. At this time in our history, when authoritarian rule seems to becoming a possibility in the United States of America, Michi...
  • Rebecca
    Jul 25, 2018
    I finished this book of essays on the post-truth world and was pleased to have the words to express how I feel about this current state of society. Kakutani makes a cogent case for the Trump post truth tactics flowing as an outgrowth of deconstruction- phrases like ?many sides? and...
  • Mrs. Danvers
    Aug 01, 2018
    This slim volume is one of the most depressing books I've read in recent memory because it is so incisive and straightforward. Kakutani hits the nail squarely on the head and I don't have much faith that the truth will come out of hiding any time soon. ...
  • Kusaimamekirai
    Aug 18, 2018
    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 ...
  • Paul
    Jul 21, 2018
    For my money, the most important book on politics, culture and the phenomenon of "fake news" over the past two years. Brilliantly written and argued. ...
  • John Muriango
    Jun 26, 2018
    Worst book ever written! Trump Derangement Syndrome is real! ...
  • Jennifer Malinowski
    Jul 12, 2018
    The Death of Truth by Kakutani is a fairly short read, coming in ~200 pages. But it is densely written and full of quotes and insights from a large number of sources. To get the most from it, I recommend reading only a chapter at a time and really mulling over the premise of each befor...
  • Mia
    Jul 27, 2018
    I have been avoiding any of the books about Trump since the election. Why torture myself? But I made an exception with this slender book. While Michiko Kakutani addresses his participation in the ?truth decay,? the thesis of the book is more about the postmodernist dissolution of r...
  • Gary Moreau
    Jul 24, 2018
    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 ...
  • Chris Gaither
    Jul 22, 2018
    Like all autocrats, President Trump weaponizes language to gain and consolidate power -- to assert power over the truth itself. "The Death of Truth" tries to make sense of the Trump era by examining the cultural forces that enabled it. I had hoped for some original reporting, but inste...
  • JP
    Jun 23, 2018
    This book scares the hell out of me. The current state of the world and Nationalist leaders scares the hell out me. This book does nothing to help put those fears to rest. This book fuels these fears further. This is the point of this book. I hope it works for you h...
  • Marks54
    Jul 30, 2018
    ?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...