Bunk: The True Story of Hoaxes, Hucksters, Humbug, Plagiarists, Forgeries, and Phonies

Bunk: The True Story of Hoaxes, Hucksters, Humbug, Plagiarists, Forgeries, and Phonies

Has the hoax now moved from the sideshow to take the center stage of American culture? Award-winning poet and critic Kevin Young tours us through a rogue s gallery of hoaxers, plagiarists, forgers, and fakers from the humbug of P. T. Barnum and Edgar Allan Poe to the unrepentant bunk of JT LeRoy and Donald J. Trump. Bunk traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly Americ Has the hoax now moved from the sideshow to take the center stage of American culture? Award-winning poet and crit...

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Title:Bunk: The True Story of Hoaxes, Hucksters, Humbug, Plagiarists, Forgeries, and Phonies
Author:Kevin Young
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Genres:History
ISBN:155597791X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:560 pages pages

Bunk: The True Story of Hoaxes, Hucksters, Humbug, Plagiarists, Forgeries, and Phonies Reviews

  • Audacia Ray
    Dec 16, 2017

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... Most people probably know that the word ?bunk? is short for ?bunkum,? meaning insincere talk, claptrap or humbug. Fewer people are likely familiar with the word?s etymology, coined out of racia...

    Kevin Young?s book is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) chronicle of the American history of hoaxing. He details many, many hoaxes and highlights the racist dimensions embedded in many of them - because the history of American bad behavior is always a history of racism. The bo...

  • Mike
    Nov 23, 2017

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... Most people probably know that the word ?bunk? is short for ?bunkum,? meaning insincere talk, claptrap or humbug. Fewer people are likely familiar with the word?s etymology, coined out of racia...

    Kevin Young?s book is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) chronicle of the American history of hoaxing. He details many, many hoaxes and highlights the racist dimensions embedded in many of them - because the history of American bad behavior is always a history of racism. The bo...

    Fascinating (and possibly reassuring) look at the American history of faking it when it comes to information. Definitely not for the casual reader -- the book is dense, full of footnotes, and delves deep -- it is nevertheless quite a ride into the unbelievable. ...

    BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. (2017). Kevin Young. ***1/2. I have to admit up-front that I did a lot of skimming while reading this book. It was not that the book was poorly written or uninteresting, instead, it was caused by the d...

    History, written in a fairly entertaining way. ...

    Our critical faculties seem neutralized by the lie we are ready to swallow. Bradlee said it: Beware of the lie you want to believe. The old ones are funny; the current ones are terrifying. ...

  • Kathleen
    Sep 25, 2017

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... Most people probably know that the word ?bunk? is short for ?bunkum,? meaning insincere talk, claptrap or humbug. Fewer people are likely familiar with the word?s etymology, coined out of racia...

  • Katie
    Dec 02, 2017

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... Most people probably know that the word ?bunk? is short for ?bunkum,? meaning insincere talk, claptrap or humbug. Fewer people are likely familiar with the word?s etymology, coined out of racia...

    Kevin Young?s book is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) chronicle of the American history of hoaxing. He details many, many hoaxes and highlights the racist dimensions embedded in many of them - because the history of American bad behavior is always a history of racism. The bo...

    Fascinating (and possibly reassuring) look at the American history of faking it when it comes to information. Definitely not for the casual reader -- the book is dense, full of footnotes, and delves deep -- it is nevertheless quite a ride into the unbelievable. ...

    BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. (2017). Kevin Young. ***1/2. I have to admit up-front that I did a lot of skimming while reading this book. It was not that the book was poorly written or uninteresting, instead, it was caused by the d...

    History, written in a fairly entertaining way. ...

    Our critical faculties seem neutralized by the lie we are ready to swallow. Bradlee said it: Beware of the lie you want to believe. The old ones are funny; the current ones are terrifying. ...

    A masterpiece. How do you get this into the hands of every high school student? ...

    I find that in my professional life, I spend a lot of time encouraging people to not believe everything they read on the internet. That just because someone somewhere says something is true doesn't necessarily make it so. That the idea that it sounds like it could be true doesn't mean ...

  • Tony
    Dec 24, 2017

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... Most people probably know that the word ?bunk? is short for ?bunkum,? meaning insincere talk, claptrap or humbug. Fewer people are likely familiar with the word?s etymology, coined out of racia...

    Kevin Young?s book is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) chronicle of the American history of hoaxing. He details many, many hoaxes and highlights the racist dimensions embedded in many of them - because the history of American bad behavior is always a history of racism. The bo...

    Fascinating (and possibly reassuring) look at the American history of faking it when it comes to information. Definitely not for the casual reader -- the book is dense, full of footnotes, and delves deep -- it is nevertheless quite a ride into the unbelievable. ...

    BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. (2017). Kevin Young. ***1/2. I have to admit up-front that I did a lot of skimming while reading this book. It was not that the book was poorly written or uninteresting, instead, it was caused by the d...

  • Elizabeth
    Jan 12, 2018

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... Most people probably know that the word ?bunk? is short for ?bunkum,? meaning insincere talk, claptrap or humbug. Fewer people are likely familiar with the word?s etymology, coined out of racia...

    Kevin Young?s book is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) chronicle of the American history of hoaxing. He details many, many hoaxes and highlights the racist dimensions embedded in many of them - because the history of American bad behavior is always a history of racism. The bo...

    Fascinating (and possibly reassuring) look at the American history of faking it when it comes to information. Definitely not for the casual reader -- the book is dense, full of footnotes, and delves deep -- it is nevertheless quite a ride into the unbelievable. ...

    BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. (2017). Kevin Young. ***1/2. I have to admit up-front that I did a lot of skimming while reading this book. It was not that the book was poorly written or uninteresting, instead, it was caused by the d...

    History, written in a fairly entertaining way. ...

    Our critical faculties seem neutralized by the lie we are ready to swallow. Bradlee said it: Beware of the lie you want to believe. The old ones are funny; the current ones are terrifying. ...

    A masterpiece. How do you get this into the hands of every high school student? ...

    I find that in my professional life, I spend a lot of time encouraging people to not believe everything they read on the internet. That just because someone somewhere says something is true doesn't necessarily make it so. That the idea that it sounds like it could be true doesn't mean ...

    In Bunk, Kevin Young gives us a primer of the (mostly American) hoax. Young goes beyond a simple retelling of famous (and infamous) conmen and conwomen and seeks to root out and identify the motives of the hoaxers and the reasons the public believes their lies. This book asks deep,...

    Bunk is an ambitious and smart look at hoaxes that goes further than merely chronicling their history to delve into their practical and theoretical importance and impact. Young explains how the particular brand of hoaxes that pervade what he terms our current "Age of Euphemism" stem fr...

  • Jason Diamond
    Nov 20, 2017

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... Most people probably know that the word ?bunk? is short for ?bunkum,? meaning insincere talk, claptrap or humbug. Fewer people are likely familiar with the word?s etymology, coined out of racia...

    Kevin Young?s book is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) chronicle of the American history of hoaxing. He details many, many hoaxes and highlights the racist dimensions embedded in many of them - because the history of American bad behavior is always a history of racism. The bo...

    Fascinating (and possibly reassuring) look at the American history of faking it when it comes to information. Definitely not for the casual reader -- the book is dense, full of footnotes, and delves deep -- it is nevertheless quite a ride into the unbelievable. ...

    BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. (2017). Kevin Young. ***1/2. I have to admit up-front that I did a lot of skimming while reading this book. It was not that the book was poorly written or uninteresting, instead, it was caused by the d...

    History, written in a fairly entertaining way. ...

    Our critical faculties seem neutralized by the lie we are ready to swallow. Bradlee said it: Beware of the lie you want to believe. The old ones are funny; the current ones are terrifying. ...

    A masterpiece. How do you get this into the hands of every high school student? ...

  • Stephanie
    Jun 04, 2017

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... Most people probably know that the word ?bunk? is short for ?bunkum,? meaning insincere talk, claptrap or humbug. Fewer people are likely familiar with the word?s etymology, coined out of racia...

    Kevin Young?s book is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) chronicle of the American history of hoaxing. He details many, many hoaxes and highlights the racist dimensions embedded in many of them - because the history of American bad behavior is always a history of racism. The bo...

    Fascinating (and possibly reassuring) look at the American history of faking it when it comes to information. Definitely not for the casual reader -- the book is dense, full of footnotes, and delves deep -- it is nevertheless quite a ride into the unbelievable. ...

  • Jay
    Nov 11, 2017

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... Most people probably know that the word ?bunk? is short for ?bunkum,? meaning insincere talk, claptrap or humbug. Fewer people are likely familiar with the word?s etymology, coined out of racia...

    Kevin Young?s book is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) chronicle of the American history of hoaxing. He details many, many hoaxes and highlights the racist dimensions embedded in many of them - because the history of American bad behavior is always a history of racism. The bo...

    Fascinating (and possibly reassuring) look at the American history of faking it when it comes to information. Definitely not for the casual reader -- the book is dense, full of footnotes, and delves deep -- it is nevertheless quite a ride into the unbelievable. ...

    BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. (2017). Kevin Young. ***1/2. I have to admit up-front that I did a lot of skimming while reading this book. It was not that the book was poorly written or uninteresting, instead, it was caused by the d...

    History, written in a fairly entertaining way. ...

    Our critical faculties seem neutralized by the lie we are ready to swallow. Bradlee said it: Beware of the lie you want to believe. The old ones are funny; the current ones are terrifying. ...

    A masterpiece. How do you get this into the hands of every high school student? ...

    I find that in my professional life, I spend a lot of time encouraging people to not believe everything they read on the internet. That just because someone somewhere says something is true doesn't necessarily make it so. That the idea that it sounds like it could be true doesn't mean ...

    In Bunk, Kevin Young gives us a primer of the (mostly American) hoax. Young goes beyond a simple retelling of famous (and infamous) conmen and conwomen and seeks to root out and identify the motives of the hoaxers and the reasons the public believes their lies. This book asks deep,...

  • Grace Tenkay
    Nov 25, 2017

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... Most people probably know that the word ?bunk? is short for ?bunkum,? meaning insincere talk, claptrap or humbug. Fewer people are likely familiar with the word?s etymology, coined out of racia...

    Kevin Young?s book is an exhaustive (and sometimes exhausting) chronicle of the American history of hoaxing. He details many, many hoaxes and highlights the racist dimensions embedded in many of them - because the history of American bad behavior is always a history of racism. The bo...

    Fascinating (and possibly reassuring) look at the American history of faking it when it comes to information. Definitely not for the casual reader -- the book is dense, full of footnotes, and delves deep -- it is nevertheless quite a ride into the unbelievable. ...

    BUNK: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News. (2017). Kevin Young. ***1/2. I have to admit up-front that I did a lot of skimming while reading this book. It was not that the book was poorly written or uninteresting, instead, it was caused by the d...

    History, written in a fairly entertaining way. ...