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Big lies : from Socrates to social media  Cover Image Book Book

Big lies : from Socrates to social media / Mark Kurlansky ; illustrated by Eric Zelz.

Kurlansky, Mark, (author.).


Big lies are told by governments, politicians, and corporations to avoid responsibility, cast blame on the innocent, win elections, disguise intent, create chaos, and gain power and wealth. Big lies are as old as civilization; they corrupt public understanding and discourse, turn science upside down, and reinvent history. The future stewards of our world require a how-to manual for seeing through big lies and thinking critically, because big lies require believers, and democracy depends on independent thought.

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  • ISBN: 9780884489122
  • ISBN: 0884489124
  • Physical Description: 309 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Thomaston, Maine : Tilbury House Publishers, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographic references (pages 305-309) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Entreaty -- Masked revelers in a carnival of lies -- The Enlightenment and the unenlightened -- Denial: the short way around science -- Favorite lies about women -- A snowball in France: the blame game -- Soviet mathematics: 2 + 2 = 5 -- The truth about American truth -- Big dictators and big lies -- Photographic lies -- Saving children: a best-loved lie -- The golden lasso of truth.
Subject: Truthfulness and falsehood.
Critical thinking.
Propaganda > History.

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Erlanger Branch 177.3 K96b 2022 (Text) 33126025243258 YA Nonfiction Available -

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