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Author Young, Kevin, 1970- author.

Title Bunk : the rise of hoaxes, humbug, plagiarists, phonies, post-facts, and fake news / Kevin Young.

Publication Info. Minneapolis, Minnesota : Greywolf Press, 2017.
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  001.95 YOU    DISPLAY
 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction  001.95 YOU    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  001.95 YOU    DUE 08-18-20
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Description 560 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary Award-winning poet and critic Kevin Young traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon - the legacy of P.T. Barnum's 'humbug' culminating with the currency of Donald J. Trump's 'fake news'. Disturbingly, Young finds that fakery is woven from stereotype and suspicion, with 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 whome 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.
Subject Deception.
Hoaxes.
Fraud.
Truthfulness and falsehood.
Impersonation.
ISBN 9781555977917
155597791X
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