Tom Nichols: The Death of Expertise

In the age of liar in chief, alternative facts, and misinformation, Nichols’s outstanding book draws the difference between knowledge and ignorance. He makes a compelling argument on the failing of higher education, in which the institutions treat students as customers rather than learners. He points out the negative impact of having too much information at our fingertips and the danger of dismissing recognized expertise. It’s an informing, intelligent read. As 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, Nichols knows what the fuck he is talking about.