The Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani audiobook

The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump

By Michiko Kakutani
Read by Tavia Gilbert

Random House Audio
3.76 Hours Unabridged
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  NEW YORK TIMES Editors' Choice 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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

An O Magazine Pick of the Month

An Esquire Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2018 (So Far)

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A Millions.com Pick

A Booklist Pick of This Week's Best Books

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  NEW YORK TIMES Editors' Choice 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

An elegant polemic against Trump, tyranny and lies. The Times
“A fantastic book of cultural criticism that aims to skewer the falsities in our contemporary world—propagated by social media and political rhetoric—that have turned American culture upside-down. Esquire
Kakutani's The Death of Truth is politically urgent and intellectually dazzling. She deftly goes behind the daily headlines to reveal the larger forces threatening democracy at home in America, and elsewhere around the globe. The result is a brilliant and fascinating call to arms that anyone who cares about democracy ought to read immediately. Jane Mayer
This is the book I would have written—but only if I had had a brilliant grasp of literature, politics, and history, and the ability to weave them together in a uniquely original way. The Death of Truth goes indelibly to the dark, dark heart of what is ailing our democracy as no recent book has done. Graydon Carter
A pointed and penetrating book. . . . The Death of Truth offers a clear-eyed, eloquent assessment of the current predicament. . . . This book is essential for understanding the corrosive effects of an ongoing, relentless assault on truth. The San Francisco Chronicle
An intellectually dazzling read. Entertainment Weekly
“A book to which readers could turn for generations to come as an explainer on how the once-unthinkable came to pass. Longreads
Riveting, righteous and relevant. The Irish Times
“Anyone wanting a concise summary of the death of truth should turn to Michiko Kakutani’s eponymous book. Edward Luce, The Financial Times
“Essential. . . . The Death of Truth is Kakutani’s first book, and to say it’s a doozy would be an understatement. Bustle
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
“Dazzling. . . . Kakutani’s slender, fiery new book . . . could have been written only by someone who reads more, and retains more, than most mere mortals. TIME
Kakutani has written the first great book of the Trump administration. The Death of Truth is a fiery polemic against the president and should go down as essential reading. In nine exquisitely crafted broadsides, the Pulitzer winner calls upon her vast knowledge of literature, philosophy and politics to serve up a damning state of the union. Rolling Stone
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
“Versatile narrator Tavia Gilbert performs this significant audiobook with a sure sense of its importance. Her focused reading suits the intent of its thought-provoking treatise…The literary allusions and philosophical insights packed into the work would create a challenge for any narrator. Gilbert meets that challenge admirably.” AudioFile
“A rich, erudite book. . . . She brilliantly explains the cultural and political forces that brought us to our current sorry condition—a must read. Fareed Zakaria
“This book is essential reading today. Walter Isaacson
“A compact yet expansive treatise on political disinformation…[that] dazzles most when Kakutani gleans lessons from literature to comprehend our times.” O, The Oprah Magazine
"[Kakutani] considers our troubling era of alternative facts and traces the trends that have brought us to this horrific moment where the very concept of ‘objective reality’ provokes a certain nostalgia.” Millions
“Pulitzer-winning Kakutani…thoroughly understands the impact of language and the necessity of communication in good faith. So it’s no wonder that concern over the lies and destructiveness of the Trump presidency inspired this galvanizing social critique…Elegantly well-argued and profoundly illuminating.” Booklist (starred review)
“She sees—and ably describes—with a depressing clarity the dangers of our brave new world….and, ultimately, the dire threat all of this poses for the democracy we profess to cherish.” Kirkus Reviews
"[Kakutani is here] Investigating fake news, relativism, and the assumption that all opinions are equally valid to show that today the concept of truth is being demeaned. Ranging from pop culture to deconstructionists to Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.” Library Journal
“Honest, factual debate is expiring…Kakutani blames not just the populist right but the postmodern, literary theory of the academic left—formerly subversive critical stances that, she argues, have bequeathed a nihilistic rejection of reason and Enlightenment values.” Publishers Weekly

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Author Bio: Michiko Kakutani

Author Bio: Michiko Kakutani

Michiko Kakutani is a Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic and the former chief book critic of the New York Times.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 3.76
Audience: Adult
Language: English