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The Resource Fantasyland : how America went haywire : a 500-year history, Kurt Andersen

Fantasyland : how America went haywire : a 500-year history, Kurt Andersen

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Fantasyland : how America went haywire : a 500-year history
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Fantasyland
Title remainder
how America went haywire : a 500-year history
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Kurt Andersen
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eng
Summary
A razor-sharp thinker offers a new understanding of our post-truth world and explains the American instinct to believe in make-believe, from the Pilgrims to P. T. Barnum to Disneyland to zealots of every stripe . . . to Donald Trump. In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen demonstrates that what's happening in our country today--this strange, post-factual, "fake news" moment we're all living through--is not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path. America was founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by impresarios and their audiences, by hucksters and their suckers. Believe-whatever-you-want fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA. Over the course of five centuries--from the Salem witch trials to Scientology to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s, from P. T. Barnum to Hollywood and the anything-goes, wild-and-crazy sixties, from conspiracy theories to our fetish for guns and obsession with extraterrestrials--our peculiar love of the fantastic has made America exceptional in a way that we've never fully acknowledged. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether the great American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams and epic fantasies--every citizen was free to believe absolutely anything, or to pretend to be absolutely anybody. Little by little, and then more quickly in the last several decades, the American invent-your-own-reality legacy of the Enlightenment superseded its more sober, rational, and empirical parts. We gave ourselves over to all manner of crackpot ideas and make-believe lifestyles designed to console or thrill or terrify us. In Fantasyland, Andersen brilliantly connects the dots that define this condition, portrays its scale and scope, and offers a fresh, bracing explanation of how our American journey has deposited us here. Fantasyland could not appear at a more perfect moment. If you want to understand the politics and culture of twenty-first-century America, if you want to know how the lines between reality and illusion have become dangerously blurred, you must read this book."This is an important book--the indispensable book--for understanding America in the age of Trump. It's an eye-opening history filled with brilliant insights, a saga of how we were always susceptible to fantasy, from the Puritan fanatics to the talk-radio and Internet wackos who mix show business, hucksterism, and conspiracy theories."--Walter Isaacson
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1954-
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Andersen, Kurt
Dewey number
973
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LC call number
E169.1
LC item number
.A543 2017
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history
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  • National characteristics, American
  • Popular culture
  • Civilization
  • National characteristics, American
  • Popular culture
  • United States
  • United States
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Fantasyland : how America went haywire : a 500-year history, Kurt Andersen
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1 online resource (1 sound file (19 hr., 43 min., 45 sec.))
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9780525528142
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BEAB641E-E6EA-4617-9B60-6AF5B10E0F22
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  • 3037553
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Fantasyland : how America went haywire : a 500-year history, Kurt Andersen
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digital storage
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online resource
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  • cr
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spoken word
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1 online resource (1 sound file (19 hr., 43 min., 45 sec.))
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unknown
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online
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9780525528142
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  • other
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other
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BEAB641E-E6EA-4617-9B60-6AF5B10E0F22
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  • (OCoLC)1003130781
  • on1003130781
  • 3037553
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