Profiles in Ignorance: How America’s Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber

S. & S. Audio. Sept. 2022. 8:51 hrs. ISBN 9781797147581. $19.99. POL SCI
Award-winning satirist Borowitz (The Borowitz Report) takes on the state of U.S. politics in this astonishing and well-researched book. There is a lot to laugh at, until it becomes clear that the political realm in the United States is just as Borowitz describes. From Ronald Reagan through the Trump era, Borowitz traces the three stages of ignorance: ridicule, acceptance, and celebration (of ignorance). Borowitz focuses on the last five decades, but he’s clear that earlier examples exist. Borowitz’s narration of this clever book will help listeners laugh, while the content may compel some to cry. He doesn’t just chronicle; he makes recommendations for reversing this trend and raising the bar that is precariously low. Real conversations, listening, and education are the key to fighting back against the age of ignorance. The optimistic author thinks this can change course if people act.
VERDICT Librarians may recognize and relate to Borowitz’s amusing and insightful observations. This superbly narrated book should be a part of every public library collection.
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