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Book Club - The Death of Truth
The Death of Truth - Notes on the Falsehood in the Age of Trump By Milchiko Kakutani Why this book? When faced with new information, a conversation, a new idea - our biases influence and usually determine what our brains accept and reject as truth. This book invites us to explore what is true and how do we know. “To examine how a disregard for fact, the displacement of reason by emotion, and the corrosion of language are diminishing the value of truth, and what that means for America and the world” (page 12). What others have to say about this book: “Without the truth, we will be neither prosperous nor virtuous nor free. This book begins the self-defense of American culture. May it reach a generation that will make narcissism passé and factuality sexy.” —Timothy Snyder “The Death of Truth is destined to become the defining treatise of our age. Not only does it brilliantly and incisively diagnose the roots of our decaying social and political order; it also shows why we must rescue the truth before it is buried under a regime of lies. Everyone should read this book.” —David Grann ABOUT THE DEATH OF TRUTH From the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic comes an impassioned critique of America’s retreat from reason We live in a time when the very idea of objective truth is mocked and discounted by the occupants of the White House. 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 in contemporary America? 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 politics, 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 points toward a new path for our truth-challenged times. https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/573029/the-death-of-truth-by-michiko-kakutani/?ref=PRH5F3D8EF925&aid=randohouseinc24259-20&linkid=PRH5F3D8EF925

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