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Fantasyland : how America went haywire : a 500-year history / Kurt Andersen.

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  • 12 of 20 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Adams PL Sys. - Decatur Branch 973 AND FAN (Text) 34207002108117 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Bloomfield Eastern Greene Co PL - Bloomfield Main 306.09 AND (Text) 36803001030977 NONFIC Available -
Carnegie PL of Steuben Co - Angola 306.0973 AND (Text) 33118000181676 Adult: New Book Checked out 12/04/2017
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Franklin Co PL Dist. - Brookville PL 973 AND (Text) 38217000586236 Nonfiction BPL In process -
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Greensburg-Decatur Co PL - Greensburg 973 ANDERSEN (Text) 32826014102958 Best Seller Express Checked out 11/21/2017
Greenwood PL - Greenwood 306.0973 AND (Text) 36626103873634 New Adult Nonfiction Checked out 11/25/2017
Huntingburg PL - Huntingburg 973 AND (Text) 39970001409589 NF Checked out 11/25/2017
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781400067213
  • ISBN: 1400067219
  • Physical Description: xiii, 462 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2017]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Now entering fantasyland -- Part I. The conjuring of America: 1517-1789 -- I believe, therefore I am right: the Protestants -- All that glitters: the gold-seekers -- Building our own private heaven on Earth: the puritans -- The God-given freedom to believe in God -- Imaginary friends and enemies: the early satanic panics -- The first me century: religion gets American -- Meanwhile, in the 18th century reality-based community -- Part II. United States of amazing: the 1800s -- The first great delirium -- The all-American fan fiction of Joseph Smith, prophet -- Quack nation: magical but modern ? -- Fantastic business: the gold rush inflection point -- In search of monsters to destroy: the conspiracy-theory habit -- The war between states of mind -- Ten million little houses on the prairie -- Fantasy industrialized -- Part III. A long arc bending toward reason: 1900-1960 -- Progress and backlash -- The biggest backlash: brand new old-time religion -- The business of America is show business -- Big rock candymountains: utopia in the suburbs and the sun -- The 1950s seemed so normal -- Part IV. Big bang: the 1960s and 70s -- Big bang: the hippies -- Big bang: the intellectuals -- Big bang: the Christians -- Big bang: politics and government and conspiracies --Big bang: living in a land of entertainment -- Part V. Fantasyland scales: from the 1980s through the turn of the century -- Making make-believe more realistic and real life more make-believe -- Forever young: kids r us syndrome -- The Reagan era and thestart of the digital age -- American religion from the turn of the millennium -- Our wilder christianities: belief and practice -- America versus the godless civilized world: why are we so exceptional? -- Magical but not necessarily christian, spiritualbut not religious -- Blue-chip witch doctors: the re-enchantment of medicine -- How the mainstream enabled fantasyland: squishies, cynics and believers -- Anything goes -- unless it picks my pocket or break my leg -- Part VI. The problem with fantasyland:from the 1980s to the present and beyond -- The inmates running the asylum decide monsters are everywhere -- Reality is a conspiracy: the x-filing of America -- Mad as hell, the new voice of the people -- When the GOP went off the rails -- Liberals denying science -- Gun crazy -- Final fantasy-industrial complex -- Our inner children? They're going to Disney World! -- The economic dreamtime -- As fantasyland goes, so goes the nation.
Summary, etc.: Explains how the influences of dreamers, zealots, hucksters, and superstitious groups shaped America's tendency toward a rich fantasy life, citing the roles of individuals from P.T. Barnum to Donald Trump in perpetuating conspiracy theories, self-delusion, and magical thinking.
Subject: National characteristics, American.
United States > Civilization.
Popular culture > United States > History.

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