Bunk

the Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-facts, and Fake News
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Kevin Young traces the history of the hoax as a peculiarly American phenomenon, examining what motivates hucksters and makes people so gullible. He chronicles how Barnum came to fame by displaying figures like Joice Heth, a black woman whom he pretended was the 161-year-old nursemaid to George Washington, and What Is It?,…

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