Bunk: the rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news

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Bunk traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon, examining what motivates hucksters and makes the rest of us so gullible. Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, race being the most insidious American hoax of all. He chronicles how Barnum came to fame by displaying figures like Joice Heth, a black woman whom he pretended was the 161-year-old nursemaid to George Washington, and What Is It?, an African American man Barnum professed was a newly discovered missing link in evolution. Bunk then turns to the hoaxing of history and the ways that forgers, plagiarists, and journalistic fakers invent backstories and falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves and about the world in our own time, from pretend Native Americans Grey Owl and Nasdijj to the deadly imposture of Clark Rockefeller, from the made-up memoirs of James Frey to the identity theft of Rachel Dolezal. In this brilliant and timely work, Young asks what it means to live in a post-factual world of "truthiness" where everything is up for interpretation and everyone is subject to a pervasive cynicism that damages our ideas of reality, fact, and art.
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Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction

"There Kevin Young goes again, giving us books we greatly need, cleverly disguised as books we merely want. Unexpectedly essential."—Marlon James

Award-winning poet and critic Kevin Young tours us through a rogue's gallery of hoaxers, plagiarists, forgers, and fakers—from the humbug of P. T. Barnum and Edgar Allan Poe to the unrepentant bunk of JT LeRoy and Donald J. Trump. Bunk traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon, examining what motivates hucksters and makes the rest of us so gullible. Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, race being the most insidious American hoax of all. He chronicles how Barnum came to fame by displaying figures like Joice Heth, a black woman whom he pretended was the 161-year-old nursemaid to George Washington, and What Is It?, an African American man Barnum professed was a newly discovered missing link in evolution.

Bunk then turns to the hoaxing of history and the ways that forgers, plagiarists, and journalistic fakers invent backstories and falsehoods to sell us lies about themselves and about the world in our own time, from pretend Native Americans Grey Owl and Nasdijj to the deadly imposture of Clark Rockefeller, from the made-up memoirs of James Frey to the identity theft of Rachel Dolezal. In this brilliant and timely work, Young asks what it means to live in a post-factual world of "truthiness" where everything is up for interpretation and everyone is subject to a pervasive cynicism that damages our ideas of reality, fact, and art.

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subject_facet Audiobooks, Deception -- History, Downloadable audio books, Fraud -- History, Hoaxes -- History, Impostors and imposture -- History, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General, Language arts, Sound recording, Truthfulness and falsehood
title_display Bunk : the rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news
title_full Bunk : the rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news / Kevin Young, Bunk : the rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news [electronic resource] / Kevin Young, Bunk The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News, Bunk [compact disc] : the rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news / Kevin Young, Bunk [electronic resource] : the rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news / Kevin Young
title_short Bunk :
title_sub the rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news
topic_facet Deception, Fraud, History, Hoaxes, Impostors and imposture, LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General, Language arts, Literary Criticism, Nonfiction, Sociology, Truthfulness and falsehood
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