NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The one most necessary clarification, and the fullest clarification, of how Donald Trump turned president of the USA . . . nothing lower than an important e book that I’ve learn this yr.”—Lawrence O’Donnell
How did we get right here?
On this sweeping, eloquent historical past of America, Kurt Andersen exhibits that what’s occurring in our nation immediately—this post-factual, “faux information” second we’re all dwelling by—isn’t one thing new, however reasonably the final word expression of our nationwide character. America was based by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and true believers, by hucksters and their suckers. Fantasy is deeply embedded in our DNA.
Over the course of 5 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 weapons and obsession with extraterrestrials—our love of the improbable has made America distinctive in a manner that we have by no means absolutely acknowledged. From the beginning, our ultra-individualism was hooked up to epic goals and epic fantasies—each citizen was free to imagine completely something, or to fake to be completely anyone. With the gleeful erudition and tell-it-like-it-is ferocity of a Christopher Hitchens, Andersen explores whether or not the nice American experiment in liberty has gone off the rails.
Fantasyland couldn’t seem at a extra good second. If you wish to perceive Donald Trump and the tradition of twenty-first-century America, if you wish to understand how the strains between actuality and phantasm have grow to be dangerously blurred, you will need to learn this e book.
Reward for Fantasyland
“With this rousing e book, [Kurt] Andersen proves to be the type of clear-eyed critic an anxious nation wants within the midst of a nationwide disaster.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“It is a blockbuster of a e book. Kurt Andersen is a blinding author and a perceptive scholar of the numerous layers of American life. Take a deep breath and dive in.”—Tom Brokaw
“This is a vital e book—the indispensable e book—for understanding America within the age of Trump. It’s an eye-opening historical past full of sensible insights, a saga of how we had been at all times prone to fantasy, from the Puritan fanatics to the talk-radio and Web wackos who combine present enterprise, hucksterism, and conspiracy theories.”—Walter Isaacson
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