Are you still trying to understand how the host of Celebrity Apprentice became our President? Are you unclear how modern American political discourse became “post-factual”? Are you wondering how the land of the free and the home of the brave became the land of “fake news” and the home of “alternative facts?” In Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire (Random House, 2017), best-selling novelist Kurt Anderson leads us on a witty, erudite, but ultimately sobering tour through 500 years of over-the-top American irrationality. Anderson proves that the inclination to prefer the fantastic to the true is as American as apple pie, and came over on the Mayflower. We meet a colorful cast of characters, from Cotton Mather and P. T. Barnum to assorted conspiracy theorists, snake oil salesmen, political hucksters and fringe religionists. Most thoughtprovoking, however, is Anderson’s analysis of modern America, starting with the counter-culture of the late 60s. The counter-culture’s assault on reason planted the seeds of the intellectual dystopia that gave us Donald Trump and many others who think the truth is what they believe because they believe it. The inmates now run the asylum, and you owe it to yourself to find out how it happened.