“The only such a lot essential clarification, and the fullest clarification, of ways Donald Trump was president of america . . . not anything not up to crucial e book that I’ve learn this yr.”—Lawrence O’Donnell
How did we get right here?
On this sweeping, eloquent historical past of The us, Kurt Andersen displays that what’s going down in our us of a nowadays—this submit-authentic, “faux information” second we’re all residing thru—isn’t one thing new, however moderately without equal expression of our nationwide persona. The us was once based via wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and precise believers, via hucksters and their suckers. Delusion is deeply embedded in our DNA.
Over the path of 5 centuries—from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the Nineteen Eighties, from P. T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything else-is going, wild-and-loopy sixties, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for weapons and obsession with extraterrestrials—our love of the fantastic has made The us outstanding in some way that now we have by no means totally stated. From the beginning, our extremely-individualism was once hooked up to epic goals and epic fantasies—each and every citizen was once unfastened to imagine just about anything, or to faux to be completely anyone. With the gleeful erudition and inform-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether or not the good American test in liberty has long past off the rails.
Fantasyland may just no longer seem at a extra best second. If you wish to consider Donald Trump and the tradition of twenty-first-century The us, If you wish to understand how the traces among truth and phantasm have grow to be dangerously blurred, you should learn this e book.
Praise for Fantasyland
“With this rousing e book, [Kurt] Andersen proves to be the type of transparent-eyed critic an nervous us of a wishes in the middle of a countrywide challenge.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“It is a blockbuster of a e book. Kurt Andersen is a blinding creator and a perceptive scholar of the numerous layers of American lifestyles. Take a deep breath and dive in.”—Tom Brokaw
“That is a very powerful e book—the vital e book—for working out The us within the age of Trump. It’s an eye fixed-starting historical past stuffed with sensible insights, a saga of ways we have been at all times at risk of Delusion, from the Puritan enthusiasts to the controversy-radio and Web wackos who combine display trade, hucksterism, and conspiracy theories.”—Walter Isaacson