Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West, from the Ancients to Fake News

May 4, 2021
Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West, from the Ancients to Fake News

A fascinating examination of how restricting speech hascontinuously shaped our culture, and how censorship is used as atool to prop up authorities and maintain class and genderdisparitiesThrough compelling narrative, historian Eric Berkowitz revealshow drastically censorship has shaped our modern society. More thanjust a history of censorship, Dangerous Ideas illuminatesthe power of restricting speech; how it has defined states, ideas,and culture; and (despite how each of us would like to believeotherwise) how it is something we all participate in.This engaging cultural history of censorship and thoughtsuppression throughout the ages takes readers from the firstChinese emperor's wholesale elimination of books, to Henry VIII'sdecree of death for anyone who "imagined" his demise, and on to theattack on Charlie Hebdo and the volatile politicssurrounding censorship of social media.Highlighting the base impulses driving many famous acts ofsuppression, Berkowitz demonstrates the fragility of power and howevery individual can act as both the suppressor and thesuppressed.