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There’s a crisis of trust in politics across the Western world. Public anger is rising, and faith in conventional political leaders and parties is falling. Antipolitics, and the antipoliticians, have arrived. In Enough Said, president and CEO of the New York Times Company, Mark Thompson, argues that one of the most significant causes of the crisis is the way our public language has changed.

Enough Said tells the story of how we got from the language of FDR and Churchill to that of Donald Trump. It forensically examines the public language we’ve been left with: compressed, immediate, sometimes brilliantly impactful, but robbed of most of its explanatory power. It studies the rhetoric of Western leaders from Reagan and Thatcher to Berlusconi, Blair, and today’s political elites on both sides of the Atlantic. And it charts how a changing public language has interacted with real-world events—Iraq, the financial crash, the United Kingdom’s surprising “Brexit” from the European Union, immigration—and a mutual breakdown of trust between politicians and journalists, to leave ordinary citizens suspicious, bitter, and increasingly unwilling to believe anybody.

Drawing from classical as well as contemporary examples and ranging across politics, business, science, technology, and the arts, Enough Said is a smart and shrewd look at the erosion of language by an author uniquely placed to measure its consequences.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A much-needed antidote to the miasma of spin, incivility, and ‘truthiness’ that afflicts politics today.”

    Michael Sandel, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Offers many instructive allusions, useful judgments, and important refinements and provides reassurances by its mere existence that someone in the author’s position is grappling so earnestly with such questions.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A great essayist…He writes restlessly and compellingly, shaking arguments free of the established wisdom until they reveal their hidden flaws or virtues and can be thus judged for their fitness to be part of the public debate he laments.”

    Financial Times

  • "[An] important book…elegantly argued.”

    Guardian (London)

  • Enough Said displays many of the qualities that it identifies as lacking in our civic discourse. It is thoughtful, nuanced, and wise; it considers opposing views; it takes ample note of history and is unafraid of complexity. To read this book is to feel there is cause, however tenuous, for hope.”

    Washington Post

  • “Thompson’s writing packs a high percentage of insights per page, and his book manages to be an exemplary investigation, a history, an autopsy, a practical manual, and a cautionary tale all at once.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Analyzes communication theory and the ways the media struggles to meet the current dependence on compressed phrasing to fit the 24/7 news cycle and to meet the immediate comprehension demands of consumers….Worthwhile and thought provoking.”

    Library Journal

  • “A pointed, dense exposé à la George Orwell.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
  • A 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year Selection for Nonfiction
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