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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

    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...

    National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist (2017). I want a gold star for finishing this book! It is written in what the Washington Post calls a ?knotted, clotted style?. He seeks to include an almost encyclopedic litany of hoaxes starting with P.T. Barnum?s display of Joice Hea...

    This was a Christmas present that I just finished reading, and it's a fascinating read, but kind of all over the place in what it covers. That's not really bad, but it makes it difficult to sum up the whole thing. Young comments on various hoaxes throughout history, starting in the tim...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

  • Peter Landau
    May 16, 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

  • 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...

  • SibylM
    Mar 05, 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

    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...

    National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist (2017). I want a gold star for finishing this book! It is written in what the Washington Post calls a ?knotted, clotted style?. He seeks to include an almost encyclopedic litany of hoaxes starting with P.T. Barnum?s display of Joice Hea...

    This was a Christmas present that I just finished reading, and it's a fascinating read, but kind of all over the place in what it covers. That's not really bad, but it makes it difficult to sum up the whole thing. Young comments on various hoaxes throughout history, starting in the tim...

    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...

    This was good, but too detailed. Exhaustive and thorough, I'll give it that. I give it four stars, could have been a five star with better editing. ...

    3.5 stars ...

  • 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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. ...

  • 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

  • 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

    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...

    National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist (2017). I want a gold star for finishing this book! It is written in what the Washington Post calls a ?knotted, clotted style?. He seeks to include an almost encyclopedic litany of hoaxes starting with P.T. Barnum?s display of Joice Hea...

    This was a Christmas present that I just finished reading, and it's a fascinating read, but kind of all over the place in what it covers. That's not really bad, but it makes it difficult to sum up the whole thing. Young comments on various hoaxes throughout history, starting in the tim...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

  • 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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. ...

  • 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

    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...

    National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist (2017). I want a gold star for finishing this book! It is written in what the Washington Post calls a ?knotted, clotted style?. He seeks to include an almost encyclopedic litany of hoaxes starting with P.T. Barnum?s display of Joice Hea...

    This was a Christmas present that I just finished reading, and it's a fascinating read, but kind of all over the place in what it covers. That's not really bad, but it makes it difficult to sum up the whole thing. Young comments on various hoaxes throughout history, starting in the tim...

    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...

    This was good, but too detailed. Exhaustive and thorough, I'll give it that. I give it four stars, could have been a five star with better editing. ...

    3.5 stars ...

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

  • Nathan Dehoff
    Feb 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

    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...

    National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist (2017). I want a gold star for finishing this book! It is written in what the Washington Post calls a ?knotted, clotted style?. He seeks to include an almost encyclopedic litany of hoaxes starting with P.T. Barnum?s display of Joice Hea...

    This was a Christmas present that I just finished reading, and it's a fascinating read, but kind of all over the place in what it covers. That's not really bad, but it makes it difficult to sum up the whole thing. Young comments on various hoaxes throughout history, starting in the tim...

  • Lance
    Mar 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

  • Diogenes
    Dec 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

    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...

    National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist (2017). I want a gold star for finishing this book! It is written in what the Washington Post calls a ?knotted, clotted style?. He seeks to include an almost encyclopedic litany of hoaxes starting with P.T. Barnum?s display of Joice Hea...

    This was a Christmas present that I just finished reading, and it's a fascinating read, but kind of all over the place in what it covers. That's not really bad, but it makes it difficult to sum up the whole thing. Young comments on various hoaxes throughout history, starting in the tim...

    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...

    This was good, but too detailed. Exhaustive and thorough, I'll give it that. I give it four stars, could have been a five star with better editing. ...

    3.5 stars ...

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

    This was a required book for my English class, but I found it fascinating. This book gives some context and history to our modern perception of fake news. ...

    A deep dive into American history through the lens of hoaxes and lies. Well-researched and dense, it could have benefited from more editing. Sometimes enough is better than plenty. ...

    Fascinating essays on how we can all be susceptible to clever, appealing and seemingly magic ways to take advantage of the unsuspecting, the greedy, and the even the skeptical. Tends to be pedantic and moralistic with overly long commentaries that accompany the hoaxes and cons. ...

  • Greg
    Mar 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

  • Hannah N
    May 03, 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

    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...

    National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist (2017). I want a gold star for finishing this book! It is written in what the Washington Post calls a ?knotted, clotted style?. He seeks to include an almost encyclopedic litany of hoaxes starting with P.T. Barnum?s display of Joice Hea...

    This was a Christmas present that I just finished reading, and it's a fascinating read, but kind of all over the place in what it covers. That's not really bad, but it makes it difficult to sum up the whole thing. Young comments on various hoaxes throughout history, starting in the tim...

    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...

    This was good, but too detailed. Exhaustive and thorough, I'll give it that. I give it four stars, could have been a five star with better editing. ...

    3.5 stars ...

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

    This was a required book for my English class, but I found it fascinating. This book gives some context and history to our modern perception of fake news. ...

  • 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. ...

  • Jazz Fan
    Mar 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

    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...

    National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist (2017). I want a gold star for finishing this book! It is written in what the Washington Post calls a ?knotted, clotted style?. He seeks to include an almost encyclopedic litany of hoaxes starting with P.T. Barnum?s display of Joice Hea...

    This was a Christmas present that I just finished reading, and it's a fascinating read, but kind of all over the place in what it covers. That's not really bad, but it makes it difficult to sum up the whole thing. Young comments on various hoaxes throughout history, starting in the tim...

    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...

    This was good, but too detailed. Exhaustive and thorough, I'll give it that. I give it four stars, could have been a five star with better editing. ...

  • NC Wilson
    Jan 28, 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

    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...

    National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist (2017). I want a gold star for finishing this book! It is written in what the Washington Post calls a ?knotted, clotted style?. He seeks to include an almost encyclopedic litany of hoaxes starting with P.T. Barnum?s display of Joice Hea...

    This was a Christmas present that I just finished reading, and it's a fascinating read, but kind of all over the place in what it covers. That's not really bad, but it makes it difficult to sum up the whole thing. Young comments on various hoaxes throughout history, starting in the tim...

    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...

    This was good, but too detailed. Exhaustive and thorough, I'll give it that. I give it four stars, could have been a five star with better editing. ...

    3.5 stars ...

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

    This was a required book for my English class, but I found it fascinating. This book gives some context and history to our modern perception of fake news. ...

    A deep dive into American history through the lens of hoaxes and lies. Well-researched and dense, it could have benefited from more editing. Sometimes enough is better than plenty. ...

  • 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

    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...

    National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist (2017). I want a gold star for finishing this book! It is written in what the Washington Post calls a ?knotted, clotted style?. He seeks to include an almost encyclopedic litany of hoaxes starting with P.T. Barnum?s display of Joice Hea...

    This was a Christmas present that I just finished reading, and it's a fascinating read, but kind of all over the place in what it covers. That's not really bad, but it makes it difficult to sum up the whole thing. Young comments on various hoaxes throughout history, starting in the tim...

    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...

    This was good, but too detailed. Exhaustive and thorough, I'll give it that. I give it four stars, could have been a five star with better editing. ...

    3.5 stars ...

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

    This was a required book for my English class, but I found it fascinating. This book gives some context and history to our modern perception of fake news. ...

    A deep dive into American history through the lens of hoaxes and lies. Well-researched and dense, it could have benefited from more editing. Sometimes enough is better than plenty. ...

    Fascinating essays on how we can all be susceptible to clever, appealing and seemingly magic ways to take advantage of the unsuspecting, the greedy, and the even the skeptical. Tends to be pedantic and moralistic with overly long commentaries that accompany the hoaxes and cons. ...

    DNF. Made it through first section, skimmed a bit more just in case it was different. the premise sounds like fun, but I didn't enjoy the way it was written. ...

    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...

  • Kathleen
    Apr 30, 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

    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...

    National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist (2017). I want a gold star for finishing this book! It is written in what the Washington Post calls a ?knotted, clotted style?. He seeks to include an almost encyclopedic litany of hoaxes starting with P.T. Barnum?s display of Joice Hea...

  • Kathryn
    Jan 30, 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

    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...

    National Book Award for Nonfiction Longlist (2017). I want a gold star for finishing this book! It is written in what the Washington Post calls a ?knotted, clotted style?. He seeks to include an almost encyclopedic litany of hoaxes starting with P.T. Barnum?s display of Joice Hea...

    This was a Christmas present that I just finished reading, and it's a fascinating read, but kind of all over the place in what it covers. That's not really bad, but it makes it difficult to sum up the whole thing. Young comments on various hoaxes throughout history, starting in the tim...

    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...

    This was good, but too detailed. Exhaustive and thorough, I'll give it that. I give it four stars, could have been a five star with better editing. ...

    3.5 stars ...

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

    This was a required book for my English class, but I found it fascinating. This book gives some context and history to our modern perception of fake news. ...

    A deep dive into American history through the lens of hoaxes and lies. Well-researched and dense, it could have benefited from more editing. Sometimes enough is better than plenty. ...

    Fascinating essays on how we can all be susceptible to clever, appealing and seemingly magic ways to take advantage of the unsuspecting, the greedy, and the even the skeptical. Tends to be pedantic and moralistic with overly long commentaries that accompany the hoaxes and cons. ...

    DNF. Made it through first section, skimmed a bit more just in case it was different. the premise sounds like fun, but I didn't enjoy the way it was written. ...

  • 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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 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'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...

    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...

    I really wanted to like this book. It seemed like something George Carlin might write if he had the inclination to become a conventional scholar rather than a stand-up comedian. But the more I read the book, the more aggravated I became. The book is split between insightful commentary ...

    America's fetish is having the wool pulled over its eyes. We love it. Kevin Young?s exhaustive study BUNK: THE TRUE STORY OF HOAXES, HUCKSTERS, HUMBUG, PLAGIARISTS, FORGERIES AND PHONIES begins with the more benign Barnum and ends with Trump, the real cancer on the presidency. In-bet...

    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...

    Hoaxes are "like porn: the goal of the hoax is to see just how long you can keep it up" writes Young. The author takes an encyclopedic approach (often long and dry passages) and gives us a catalogue of the biggest and best hoaxes ever: in other words, the ones we liked most. If you're ...

    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...