GARN BOOK EXCERPT SERIES: Trumplandia: Unmasking Post-Truth America

Chapters: (1) “On Bravado: He Was Willing to Speak His Mind”; and (2) “Resisting Fatalism in Post-Truth Trumplandia: Charter Schools and the End of Accountability”

In a series of brilliantly written essays Trumplandia: Unmasking Post-Truth America by P.L. Thomas examines how a reality TV star as president represents post-truth America as a failed democracy and as a country still deeply poisoned by racism, classism, sexism, and xenophobia. Running throughout as well is an implicit question: How can we resist Trumplandia and truly become a democracy?

Two great book experts from Trumplandia – (1) “On Bravado: He Was Willing to Speak His Mind”; and (2) “Resisting Fatalism in Post-Truth Trumplandia: Charter Schools and the End of Accountability”. Trumplandia is on sale on Amazon, 30% off $10.95. Also available on Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Waterstones (UK/Europe), BAM!, Indigo Books. Ebook available on Amazon.

Author: P.L. Thomas
Book: Trumplandia: Unmasking Post-Truth America
ISBN: 9781942146551
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About the Book Trumplandia: Unmasking Post-Truth America

Thomas makes speed-of-light connections that are both dazzling and understandably dismaying. To wit, his conception of Trumplandia is admittedly and justifiably bleak (think Kafka on a bad day), a landscape characterized by racism, misogyny, exploitation, homophobia, and intolerance. Even though his contempt for Trump is obvious, Thomas focuses on arguments not personalities–arguments used by Trump and his followers to misleadingly frighten and confuse people. The world we are consequently inhabiting is indeed a “post-truth” one, to borrow Thomas’s phrase. The otherwise Stygian gloom of Trumplandia is periodically eased by well-known visitors–James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Barbara Kingsolver, and Kurt Vonnegut (among others), whose insights Thomas cites as a way to highlight a different and much preferable conception of humanity and human/humane relationships. Given the light that these and other authors can shine on perfidy, it should come as no surprise that Trump doesn’t read books–but anyone interested in opposing his actions and ideas should read this one by P.L. Thomas. On sale on Amazon, 30% off $10.95. Also available on Barnes & NobleIndieBoundWaterstones (UK/Europe), BAM!Indigo Books. Ebook available on Amazon.

Trumplandia Book Excerpts: (1) “On Bravado: He Was Willing to Speak His Mind”; and (2) “Resisting Fatalism in Post-Truth Trumplandia: Charter Schools and the End of Accountability”

 

Paperback $10.95 ON SALE ON AMAZON | Ebook $9.99 and $2.99 through Amazon’s Matchbook Program
Paperback: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Waterstones (UK/Europe) | BAM! | Indigo Books
Ebook: Amazon

“A Reader for Trumplandia” by P.L. Thomas

Published on Radical Eyes for Equity by P.L. Thomas

  1. My dad predicted Trump in 1985 – it’s not Orwell, he warned, it’s Brave New World, Andrew Postman (The Guardian)
  2. ‘It will be called Americanism’: the US writers who imagined a fascist future, Sarah Churchwell (The Guardian)
  3. George Orwell’s ‘1984’ Is Suddenly a Best-Seller, Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura (The New York Times)
  4. Orwell’s “1984” and Trump’s America, Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker)
  5. 1984, George Orwell
  6. The Orwell essay that’s even more pertinent than “1984” right now, Maxwell Strachan (The Huffington Post)
  7. Politics and the English Language, George Orwell
  8. Uneasy About the Future, Readers Turn to Dystopian Classics, Alexandra Alter (The New York Times)
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  10. It Can’t Happen Here, Sinclair Lewis
  11. Newt Gingrich: Margaret Thatcher is the real model for the Trump presidency (The Washington Post)
  12. V for VendettaAlan Moore and David Lloyd
  13. 1987’s “Document” feels especially applicable to America in 2017, Annie Zaleski (Salon)
  14. Animal Farm, George Orwell

About Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas, a recipient of the NCTE’s George Orwell Award, engages the public in the most profound and controversial topics of our day, exposing the terrifying truths of the times in which we live. His commentaries have been published in AlterNet, The Conversation UK/US, Room for Debate (The New York Times), The Answer Sheet (The Washington Post), The Guardian (UK), Truthout, Education Week, The Daily Censored, OpEdNews, The State (Columbia, SC), The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC) and The Greenville News (Greenville, SC).

His scholarly work has been published in major journals—English Journal, English Education, Souls, Notes on American Literature, Journal of Educational Controversy, Journal of Teaching Writing, and others. He has published books on Barbara Kingsolver, Kurt Vonnegut, Margaret Atwood, Ralph Ellison, and James Baldwin; and his recent books include Ignoring Poverty in the U.S. (Information Age Publishing, 2012), Parental Choice? (Information Age Publishing, 2010), Becoming and Being a Teacher (Peter Lang USA, 2013), De-Testing and De-Grading Schools (Peter Lang USA, 2013) and Social Context Reform (Routledge, 2014).

He taught high school English in rural South Carolina before moving to teacher education. He has worked on major commit­tees with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), is a column editor for English Journal published by NCTE, and cur­rently serves as NCTE Council Historian (2013-2015). He is the series editor for the Critical Literacy Teaching Series: Challenging Authors and Genres (Sense Publishers), in which he authored the first volume—Challenging Genres: Comics and Graphic Novels (2010)—and co-edited a volume on James Bald­win (2014). His work can be followed at Radical Eyes for Equity (blog) and @plthomasEdD on twitter.

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