How to win
the war on truth
Made to Stick by Chip Heath meets Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe in this illustrated guide to navigating today’s post-truth landscape, filled with real-world examples of disinformation campaigns.
The average American encounters up to 10,000 media messages a day. It’s no wonder we struggle to separate news from noise and fact from fiction. But in these unprecedented times, it’s essential to democracy that we do.
From welfare queens to WMDs, climate change to critical race theory, and the War on Drugs to the War on Christmas, much of what Americans believe is more mistruth than truth—and that’s by design.
How to Win the War on Truth is an illustrated guide to debunking misperceptions, falsehoods, and fake news that cloud the media landscape. It exposes how the powerful use the tools of persuasion to influence public opinion and sell us ideas that enrich themselves at the public’s expense. It examines how these ideas impact our lives, and it argues that understanding this is key to making informed decisions and protecting our democracy.
Packed with humor and satirical graphics, How to Win the War on Truth is filled with real-world examples to help readers recognize and resist the pull of propaganda, whether in line at the checkout or in the voting booth.
“Rich with smart advice together with many useful and informing graphics.”
––David Cay Johnson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of
The Big Cheat and The Making of Donald Trump
––Angie Maxwell, author of The Long Southern Strategy
“How to Win The War on Truth is a vitally important, highly accessible piece of educational literature that everyone and their mother should read. Seriously, give a copy to your mom. She—along with everyone else—has got a whole lot of deprogramming to do.”
“fascinating and entertaining… showing readers why people believe things that aren’t true, who benefits from that, and the importance of media literacy… perfectly suited to older teen readers, who should love the thrill of learning more about the behind-the-scenes of how the world works.”
––School Library Journal
“packed with information… This book is a poster child for the power of the image to relay complex issues... For a book that covers psychology, marketing, politics, and neuroscience, it does a fabulous job teaching key terms and concepts. The various sections often include infographics that deftly handle the intellectual heavy lifting. What could have been a bogged-down text comes alive with illustrations... I see this book as essential reading for today’s climate. With so many news sources disappearing and an influx of “entertainment news,” this book makes a bold step toward educating folks on how to navigate the current landscape in an informed way."
––Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
––Tavis Smiley, radio host
––Tim Smyth, author of Teaching with Comics and Graphic Novels
––Shepard Fairey, artist and activist