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

  • Dan
    Jan 22, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

  • 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

    Kevin Young's Bunk isn't, itself, "bunk," but there is a whole lot of posing and pretense in this long, ruminative, and ultimately unsatisfying study of "hoaxes, humbug, plagiarism, phonies, post-facts, and fake news." Young is a poet, and so very often he gets caught away in waxing cl...

    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...

    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...

  • David
    Jan 26, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

  • (a)lyss(a)
    Jan 19, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

    Kevin Young's Bunk isn't, itself, "bunk," but there is a whole lot of posing and pretense in this long, ruminative, and ultimately unsatisfying study of "hoaxes, humbug, plagiarism, phonies, post-facts, and fake news." Young is a poet, and so very often he gets caught away in waxing cl...

    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...

    "Especially when we are at our most disconnected, virtual, and unverifiable, we need to fight the disembodiment and invisibility that is its own inequality. What we need is not more immediate news - which we seem to crave, faster and faster - but more relliable information. We need les...

    This book is a hoax. Or more properly, a humbug. A humbug was one of those circus sideshows (like a Feejee Mermaid, a missing link that was actually a black man from Chicago with his hair done strangely, or alien remains that were actually a cow fetus). A humbug claimed to be somethin...

    "I don't mean something white, because despite our easy dichotomies, the opposite of black is not white." I'm not quite sure what this book was trying to be. On the one hand it has some interesting observations and I learned some things but on the other the book seemed sort of al...

  • 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

    Kevin Young's Bunk isn't, itself, "bunk," but there is a whole lot of posing and pretense in this long, ruminative, and ultimately unsatisfying study of "hoaxes, humbug, plagiarism, phonies, post-facts, and fake news." Young is a poet, and so very often he gets caught away in waxing cl...

    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...

  • Jennifer
    Jan 14, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

  • Williwaw
    Feb 13, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

    Kevin Young's Bunk isn't, itself, "bunk," but there is a whole lot of posing and pretense in this long, ruminative, and ultimately unsatisfying study of "hoaxes, humbug, plagiarism, phonies, post-facts, and fake news." Young is a poet, and so very often he gets caught away in waxing cl...

    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...

    "Especially when we are at our most disconnected, virtual, and unverifiable, we need to fight the disembodiment and invisibility that is its own inequality. What we need is not more immediate news - which we seem to crave, faster and faster - but more relliable information. We need les...

    This book is a hoax. Or more properly, a humbug. A humbug was one of those circus sideshows (like a Feejee Mermaid, a missing link that was actually a black man from Chicago with his hair done strangely, or alien remains that were actually a cow fetus). A humbug claimed to be somethin...

    "I don't mean something white, because despite our easy dichotomies, the opposite of black is not white." I'm not quite sure what this book was trying to be. On the one hand it has some interesting observations and I learned some things but on the other the book seemed sort of al...

    An interesting book about -not hoaxes- outright lies and the people who tell them. The interesting thing I found was how much racism played a part in the hoaxes that Kevin Young writes about in his book "Bunk". I certainly expected a lot about hoaxes and why they are perpetrated but...

    The word 'race' really needs to be in that title somewhere, cause that what it feels like this book is like, at least 40% about, and that feels like a lowball (tho what I actually mean by that is that I'm aiming for a reasonably accurate guess). I've not doing a synopsis/review, ev...

    This is not the book I expected to read; it ended up being much, much better than that. This is a genuinely piercing treatise on the history of the hoax and it's roots in oppression, appropriation, and racism. I can't follow Young to some of his most stretched conclusions but those...

    "This is euphemism not as avoidance but insistence; the ease of their being disproved does nothing to lessen belief." This is a powerful book, but often hard to get through. There is so much to take in that my mind just didn't know how to process it. The text circles back and around...

    A twenty-hour audiobook and it FEELS like it. This book is incredibly well researched, structured, and deep. Deep! Essentially 200 years of hoaxes and I still feel like more could be said. Young was funny, very insightful (that research led to some interesting revelations and connectio...

    I checked this one out from the library after hearing a wonderful interview with the author on the radio. But I simply couldn't make any headway in the book. It seemed disorganized, and I had a suspicion that the author had picked a theme and then sat and wrote stream of consciousness ...

  • 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

  • Neil Griffin
    Jan 27, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

  • Russell Fox
    Jan 15, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

    Kevin Young's Bunk isn't, itself, "bunk," but there is a whole lot of posing and pretense in this long, ruminative, and ultimately unsatisfying study of "hoaxes, humbug, plagiarism, phonies, post-facts, and fake news." Young is a poet, and so very often he gets caught away in waxing cl...

  • Paula Lyle
    Dec 30, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

    Kevin Young's Bunk isn't, itself, "bunk," but there is a whole lot of posing and pretense in this long, ruminative, and ultimately unsatisfying study of "hoaxes, humbug, plagiarism, phonies, post-facts, and fake news." Young is a poet, and so very often he gets caught away in waxing cl...

    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...

    "Especially when we are at our most disconnected, virtual, and unverifiable, we need to fight the disembodiment and invisibility that is its own inequality. What we need is not more immediate news - which we seem to crave, faster and faster - but more relliable information. We need les...

    This book is a hoax. Or more properly, a humbug. A humbug was one of those circus sideshows (like a Feejee Mermaid, a missing link that was actually a black man from Chicago with his hair done strangely, or alien remains that were actually a cow fetus). A humbug claimed to be somethin...

    "I don't mean something white, because despite our easy dichotomies, the opposite of black is not white." I'm not quite sure what this book was trying to be. On the one hand it has some interesting observations and I learned some things but on the other the book seemed sort of al...

    An interesting book about -not hoaxes- outright lies and the people who tell them. The interesting thing I found was how much racism played a part in the hoaxes that Kevin Young writes about in his book "Bunk". I certainly expected a lot about hoaxes and why they are perpetrated but...

    The word 'race' really needs to be in that title somewhere, cause that what it feels like this book is like, at least 40% about, and that feels like a lowball (tho what I actually mean by that is that I'm aiming for a reasonably accurate guess). I've not doing a synopsis/review, ev...

    This is not the book I expected to read; it ended up being much, much better than that. This is a genuinely piercing treatise on the history of the hoax and it's roots in oppression, appropriation, and racism. I can't follow Young to some of his most stretched conclusions but those...

    "This is euphemism not as avoidance but insistence; the ease of their being disproved does nothing to lessen belief." This is a powerful book, but often hard to get through. There is so much to take in that my mind just didn't know how to process it. The text circles back and around...

  • Andre
    Jan 14, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

  • 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

    Kevin Young's Bunk isn't, itself, "bunk," but there is a whole lot of posing and pretense in this long, ruminative, and ultimately unsatisfying study of "hoaxes, humbug, plagiarism, phonies, post-facts, and fake news." Young is a poet, and so very often he gets caught away in waxing cl...

    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,...

  • Zach
    Feb 07, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

    Kevin Young's Bunk isn't, itself, "bunk," but there is a whole lot of posing and pretense in this long, ruminative, and ultimately unsatisfying study of "hoaxes, humbug, plagiarism, phonies, post-facts, and fake news." Young is a poet, and so very often he gets caught away in waxing cl...

    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...

    "Especially when we are at our most disconnected, virtual, and unverifiable, we need to fight the disembodiment and invisibility that is its own inequality. What we need is not more immediate news - which we seem to crave, faster and faster - but more relliable information. We need les...

    This book is a hoax. Or more properly, a humbug. A humbug was one of those circus sideshows (like a Feejee Mermaid, a missing link that was actually a black man from Chicago with his hair done strangely, or alien remains that were actually a cow fetus). A humbug claimed to be somethin...

    "I don't mean something white, because despite our easy dichotomies, the opposite of black is not white." I'm not quite sure what this book was trying to be. On the one hand it has some interesting observations and I learned some things but on the other the book seemed sort of al...

    An interesting book about -not hoaxes- outright lies and the people who tell them. The interesting thing I found was how much racism played a part in the hoaxes that Kevin Young writes about in his book "Bunk". I certainly expected a lot about hoaxes and why they are perpetrated but...

    The word 'race' really needs to be in that title somewhere, cause that what it feels like this book is like, at least 40% about, and that feels like a lowball (tho what I actually mean by that is that I'm aiming for a reasonably accurate guess). I've not doing a synopsis/review, ev...

    This is not the book I expected to read; it ended up being much, much better than that. This is a genuinely piercing treatise on the history of the hoax and it's roots in oppression, appropriation, and racism. I can't follow Young to some of his most stretched conclusions but those...

  • Christopher Saunders
    Jan 31, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

  • Samantha
    Jan 25, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jan 21, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

  • Patrick Book
    Jan 19, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

  • Pearse Anderson
    Nov 17, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

    Kevin Young's Bunk isn't, itself, "bunk," but there is a whole lot of posing and pretense in this long, ruminative, and ultimately unsatisfying study of "hoaxes, humbug, plagiarism, phonies, post-facts, and fake news." Young is a poet, and so very often he gets caught away in waxing cl...

    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...

    "Especially when we are at our most disconnected, virtual, and unverifiable, we need to fight the disembodiment and invisibility that is its own inequality. What we need is not more immediate news - which we seem to crave, faster and faster - but more relliable information. We need les...

    This book is a hoax. Or more properly, a humbug. A humbug was one of those circus sideshows (like a Feejee Mermaid, a missing link that was actually a black man from Chicago with his hair done strangely, or alien remains that were actually a cow fetus). A humbug claimed to be somethin...

    "I don't mean something white, because despite our easy dichotomies, the opposite of black is not white." I'm not quite sure what this book was trying to be. On the one hand it has some interesting observations and I learned some things but on the other the book seemed sort of al...

    An interesting book about -not hoaxes- outright lies and the people who tell them. The interesting thing I found was how much racism played a part in the hoaxes that Kevin Young writes about in his book "Bunk". I certainly expected a lot about hoaxes and why they are perpetrated but...

    The word 'race' really needs to be in that title somewhere, cause that what it feels like this book is like, at least 40% about, and that feels like a lowball (tho what I actually mean by that is that I'm aiming for a reasonably accurate guess). I've not doing a synopsis/review, ev...

    This is not the book I expected to read; it ended up being much, much better than that. This is a genuinely piercing treatise on the history of the hoax and it's roots in oppression, appropriation, and racism. I can't follow Young to some of his most stretched conclusions but those...

    "This is euphemism not as avoidance but insistence; the ease of their being disproved does nothing to lessen belief." This is a powerful book, but often hard to get through. There is so much to take in that my mind just didn't know how to process it. The text circles back and around...

    A twenty-hour audiobook and it FEELS like it. This book is incredibly well researched, structured, and deep. Deep! Essentially 200 years of hoaxes and I still feel like more could be said. Young was funny, very insightful (that research led to some interesting revelations and connectio...

  • 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...

    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...

    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. ...

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

  • Todd Stockslager
    Jan 20, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

  • Jon Pentecost
    Dec 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

    Kevin Young's Bunk isn't, itself, "bunk," but there is a whole lot of posing and pretense in this long, ruminative, and ultimately unsatisfying study of "hoaxes, humbug, plagiarism, phonies, post-facts, and fake news." Young is a poet, and so very often he gets caught away in waxing cl...

    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...

    "Especially when we are at our most disconnected, virtual, and unverifiable, we need to fight the disembodiment and invisibility that is its own inequality. What we need is not more immediate news - which we seem to crave, faster and faster - but more relliable information. We need les...

    This book is a hoax. Or more properly, a humbug. A humbug was one of those circus sideshows (like a Feejee Mermaid, a missing link that was actually a black man from Chicago with his hair done strangely, or alien remains that were actually a cow fetus). A humbug claimed to be somethin...

  • Kiseruyoru
    Feb 07, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

    Kevin Young's Bunk isn't, itself, "bunk," but there is a whole lot of posing and pretense in this long, ruminative, and ultimately unsatisfying study of "hoaxes, humbug, plagiarism, phonies, post-facts, and fake news." Young is a poet, and so very often he gets caught away in waxing cl...

    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...

    "Especially when we are at our most disconnected, virtual, and unverifiable, we need to fight the disembodiment and invisibility that is its own inequality. What we need is not more immediate news - which we seem to crave, faster and faster - but more relliable information. We need les...

    This book is a hoax. Or more properly, a humbug. A humbug was one of those circus sideshows (like a Feejee Mermaid, a missing link that was actually a black man from Chicago with his hair done strangely, or alien remains that were actually a cow fetus). A humbug claimed to be somethin...

    "I don't mean something white, because despite our easy dichotomies, the opposite of black is not white." I'm not quite sure what this book was trying to be. On the one hand it has some interesting observations and I learned some things but on the other the book seemed sort of al...

    An interesting book about -not hoaxes- outright lies and the people who tell them. The interesting thing I found was how much racism played a part in the hoaxes that Kevin Young writes about in his book "Bunk". I certainly expected a lot about hoaxes and why they are perpetrated but...

    The word 'race' really needs to be in that title somewhere, cause that what it feels like this book is like, at least 40% about, and that feels like a lowball (tho what I actually mean by that is that I'm aiming for a reasonably accurate guess). I've not doing a synopsis/review, ev...

  • Olena Churanova
    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

    Kevin Young's Bunk isn't, itself, "bunk," but there is a whole lot of posing and pretense in this long, ruminative, and ultimately unsatisfying study of "hoaxes, humbug, plagiarism, phonies, post-facts, and fake news." Young is a poet, and so very often he gets caught away in waxing cl...

    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...

    "Especially when we are at our most disconnected, virtual, and unverifiable, we need to fight the disembodiment and invisibility that is its own inequality. What we need is not more immediate news - which we seem to crave, faster and faster - but more relliable information. We need les...

  • Marco
    Jan 09, 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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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. ...

    Kaleidoscopic and wide-ranging but also rambling and unfocused. Young makes a myriad number of points and passing observations about hoaxes, race, history, otherness, conmen, hoaxing, default attitudes in America and elsewhere that play into hoaxers who tell us a story tailored to our ...

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

    3.75 stars. A lot of mixed feelings here, but reading this was overall a very positive, thought-provoking experience. There is so much research here about the history of hoaxes, and the (not) surprising thing is how much all the fakery is steeped in race and racism. That this book look...

    Kevin Young recounts a history of hoaxes in the United States from P. T. Barnum to the present day, delving deep to look at ways in which hoaxers have influenced events, ideas, and even society as a whole. It's a thoughtful, complex book, one that often points out hoaxes which reinforc...

    Kevin Young's Bunk is an engaging, exhaustive, if somewhat overdone look at the history of American hoaxes and frauds. The book's scope and breadth are commendable; rather than the expected catalog of deceit and misdeeds, Young manages to weave a narrative from incidents as disparate a...

    Required reading for anyone who reads critically, writes for publication and/or academic credit, or creates in any artistic genre and performs/exhibits her work for public audiences. ...

    I know it?s not a good way to start a new year, but I couldn?t maintain a consistent interest in reading this book. I was initially interested in learning about hoaxes, humbugs and such, but the dense ness of the material along with the bland presentation left me sapped Of energy a...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction books I've read in the past few years. It advances an original thesis about hoaxes, one which had been sitting in front of my face my whole life but I'd never really thought of, and elucidates it through entertaining examples and very impressive p...

    This is a dense read, but Young does excellent research throughout. He's a poet by nature so his prose and style of writing can be all over the place, but he finds ways to weave smaller examples and stories into his larger points. The chapters on Stephen Glass, Jayson Blair, and JT LeR...

    Easily one of the most thorough, fascinating cultural analyses I?ve ever read. Amazing! ...

    Review title: The Greatest showmen Spurred by the recent blockbuster movie "The Greatest Showman", which is a stirring musical but suspect history, I picked this up at my local library to learn more about the real life and times of P. T. Barnum. While Young does begin with 19th cent...

    Kevin Young's Bunk isn't, itself, "bunk," but there is a whole lot of posing and pretense in this long, ruminative, and ultimately unsatisfying study of "hoaxes, humbug, plagiarism, phonies, post-facts, and fake news." Young is a poet, and so very often he gets caught away in waxing cl...

    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...

    "Especially when we are at our most disconnected, virtual, and unverifiable, we need to fight the disembodiment and invisibility that is its own inequality. What we need is not more immediate news - which we seem to crave, faster and faster - but more relliable information. We need les...

    This book is a hoax. Or more properly, a humbug. A humbug was one of those circus sideshows (like a Feejee Mermaid, a missing link that was actually a black man from Chicago with his hair done strangely, or alien remains that were actually a cow fetus). A humbug claimed to be somethin...

    "I don't mean something white, because despite our easy dichotomies, the opposite of black is not white." I'm not quite sure what this book was trying to be. On the one hand it has some interesting observations and I learned some things but on the other the book seemed sort of al...

    An interesting book about -not hoaxes- outright lies and the people who tell them. The interesting thing I found was how much racism played a part in the hoaxes that Kevin Young writes about in his book "Bunk". I certainly expected a lot about hoaxes and why they are perpetrated but...