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"Nichols expands his 2014 article published by
The Federalist with a highly researched and impassioned book that's well timed for this post-election period. Strongly researched textbook for laymen will have many political and news junkies nodding their heads in agreement." - Publishers Weekly


"Tom Nichols is fighting a rear-guard action on behalf of those dangerous people who actually know what they are talking about. In a compelling, and often witty, polemic, he explores why experts are routinely disregarded and what might be done to get authoritative knowledge taken more seriously." - Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London, and author of
Strategy


"We live in a post-fact age, one that's dangerous for a whole host of reasons. Here is a book that not only acknowledges this reality, but takes it head on. Persuasive and well-written,
The Death of Expertise is exactly the book needed for our times." - Ian Bremmer, President and Founder, Eurasia Group


"Americans are indifferent to real journalism in forming their opinions, hoaxes prove harder to kill than a slasher-flick monster, and the word 'academic' is often hurled like a nasty epithet. Tom Nichols has put his finger on what binds these trends together: positive hostility to established knowledge.
The Death of Expertise is trying to turn back this tide." - Dan Murphy, former Middle East and Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, The Christian Science Monitor


"Tom Nichols has written a brilliant, timely, and very original book. He shows how the digital revolution, social media, and the internet has helped to foster a cult of ignorance. Nichols makes a compelling case for reason and rationality in our public and political discourse." - Robert J. Lieber, Georgetown University, and author of
Retreat and Its Consequences


"Tom Nichols does a breathtakingly detailed job in scrutinizing the American consumer's refutation of traditional expertise. In the era of escapism and denial, he offers a refreshing and timely book on how we balance our skepticism with trust going forward." - Salena Zito, national political reporter for
The Washington Examiner, CNN, The New York Post, and RealClearPolitics


"Timely useful in providing an overview of just how we arrived at this distressing state of affairs." -
New York Times


"This may sound like a rant you have heard before, but Nichols has a sense of humour and chooses his examples well. His anger is a lot more attractive than the standard condescension." -
Financial Times


"A genial guide through the wilderness of ignorance." -
Kirkus Reviews


"Nichols is a forceful and sometimes mordant commentator, with an eye for the apt analogy." -
Inside Higher Education


"Americans are indifferent to real journalism in forming their opinions, hoaxes prove harder to kill than a slasher-flick monster, and the word 'academic' is often hurled like a nasty epithet. Tom Nichols has put his finger on what binds these trends together: positive hostility to established knowledge.
The Death of Expertise is trying to turn back this tide." - Dan Murphy, former Middle East and Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, The Christian Science Monitor


"Excellent"-
The Washington Post


"Nichols' perspective is an essential one if we are to begin digging ourselves out of the hole we find ourselves in."-
National Public Radio


"A sweeping indictment of the deliberate, widespread and ultimately self-destructive devaluing of knowledge in America."-
Politico


"Buy this book. And read it. Regularly."-
Physics World


Amazon Best Nonfiction of 2017


About the Author


Tom Nichols is Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, an adjunct professor at the Harvard Extension School, and a former aide in the U.S. Senate. He is also the author of several works on foreign policy and international security affairs, including The Sacred Cause, No Use: Nuclear Weapons and U.S. National Security, Eve of Destruction: The Coming Age of Preventive War, and The Russian Presidency.

He is also a five-time undefeated
Jeopardy! champion, and as one of the all-time top players of the game, he was invited back to play in the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions. Nichols' website is tomnichols.net and he can be found on Twitter at @RadioFreeTom.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 280 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0190865970
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0190865979
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 11.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.2 x 0.7 x 5.5 inches
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Tom Nichols is a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He was a professor of national security affairs for 25 years at the U.S. Naval War College, and is the author of The Death of Expertise (Oxford 2017) as well as books on Russia, the Cold War, nuclear weapons, and the future of armed conflict. He is also an instructor at the Harvard Extension School and an adjunct professor at the US Air Force School of Strategic Force Studies. He is a former aide in the U.S. Senate and has been a Fellow of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He is also a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York City, a Fellow of the International History Institute at Boston University, and a Senior Fellow of the Graham Center for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto. Previously he was a Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.

In 2017 Tom was named one of POLITICO Magazine's "POLITICO 50," the thinkers whose ideas are shaking up American politics and public life.

Tom is also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion. He played in the 1994 Tournament of Champions, is listed in the Jeopardy! Hall of Fame, and as one of the game's top players was invited to participate in the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions, where he played his final match.

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