Books, Culture, Politics

Broadcasts From The Ministry Of Truth

The “Ministry of Truth” is one of the many government departments in George Orwell’s “1984.” A gigantic building with 3,000 rooms above the ground level and the same below, its job is the polar opposite of what its name suggests: to present an alternate version of history by bowdlerizing and editing and expunging all manner of texts.

In that world, “war is peace,” “freedom is slavery,” “ignorance is strength”—and truth is falsehood. It is there that this book belongs. A spin on the “Little Golden Books,” it’s motivated by the concept of “alternative facts,” as proposed by Kellyanne Conway, counselor to president Donald Trump.

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