Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back (Paperback)Matthew d'Ancona (author)
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Inescapably, Trump stalks the pages of this book like an orange panther. But he is not its prime subject. Nor is this a book about the far Right, or any particular ideology. It is quite straightforward to imagine a Left-wing counterpart to Trump surging to power on a wave of falsehood and phony populism. The problem lies deeper.
Welcome to the Post-Truth era - a time in which the art of the lie is shaking the very foundations of democracy and the world as we know it.
The Brexit vote; Donald Trump's victory; the rejection of climate change science; the vilification of immigrants; all have been based on the power to evoke feelings and not facts. So what does it all mean and how can we champion truth in in a time of lies and 'alternative facts'?
In this eye-opening and timely book, Post-Truth is distinguished from a long tradition of political lies, exaggeration and spin. What is new is not the mendacity of politicians but the public's response to it and the ability of new technologies and social media to manipulate, polarise and entrench opinion. Where trust has evaporated, conspiracy theories thrive, the authority of the media wilt and emotions matter more than facts.
Now, one of the UK's most respected political journalists, Matthew d'Ancona investigates how we got here, why quiet resignation is not an option and how we can and must fight back.
‘Urgently topical and important.’ - The Guardian
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 129 g
Dimensions: 178 x 110 x 13 mm
To anyone who is invigorated by urgent writing, Matthew d'Ancona's work is as startling as a cold shower. -- Nick Cohen * Observer *
Elegantly written and erudite, it's also a rousing rallying cry. -- Jonathan Freedland
It's officially BRILLIANT. And badly needed. -- Emily Maitlis
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A really compelling read. D'Ancona's deft writing is intensely thought provoking and highly relevant to the state of the world today.
“Understanding post-truth so it can be defeated”
Matthew D’Ancona’s Post-Truth is a brilliant assessment of our world today. He analyses the concept of post-truth and the circumstances through which it came to dominate – arguing that Trump is a symptom of post-truth... More
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