Why do people resist expert knowledge and rely instead on “alternative facts?” How did so many people come to think that they know better than professionals, from doctors to diplomats, in so many fields? Tom Nichols explores the various campaigns against established knowledge in “The Death of Expertise” (Oxford 2017). He surveys the damage across the intellectual landscape, from colleges to the media, and warns that the collapse of knowledge and learning is not just a problem for the well-being of every citizen, but a threat to the survival of American democracy itself. Nichols is the author of five previous books, a professor of national security affairs, an expert on Russia and nuclear weapons, a former staff member in the U.S. Senate, and a five-time Jeopardy! champion. You can follow him on Twitter at @RadioFreeTom. His book’s Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/DeathOfExpertise/

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