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The Resource 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, Kevin Young

Label
Bunk : the rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news
Title
Bunk
Title remainder
the rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news
Statement of responsibility
Kevin Young
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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
Cataloging source
PABRO
Citation location within source
  • October 15, 2017
  • September 15, 2017
  • August 14, 2017
  • August 15, 2017
Citation source
  • Booklist
  • Library Journal
  • Publishers Weekly
  • Kirkus Reviews
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
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Young, Kevin
Dewey number
001.9/5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
CT9980
LC item number
.Y68 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hoaxes
  • Fraud
  • Impostors and imposture
Label
Bunk : the rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news, Kevin Young
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 451-533) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BRD2017930117
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
560 pages
Isbn
9781555977917
Lccn
2017930117
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781555977917
  • (OCoLC)965739583
Label
Bunk : the rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news, Kevin Young
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 451-533) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
BRD2017930117
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
560 pages
Isbn
9781555977917
Lccn
2017930117
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781555977917
  • (OCoLC)965739583

Library Locations

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      1197 W. Main St., Lewisville, TX, 75067, US
      33.0422012 -97.02392920000001
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