The Fabulists

Pages: 368
Imprint: Oneworld

The Fabulists

The World’s New Rulers, Their Myths and the Struggle Against Them

Michael Peel

We are not entering a new era of fake news - we are finally facing up to the world we live in.
9781786076595 (5 Sep 2019)
RRP £18.99

The Book

What do Rodrigo Duterte, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Aung San Suu Kyi have in common?

Politicians around the world are weaving their own heroic fictions - the strongmen, the apparently enlightened, apparently liberal reformers, the smiling kings and autocrats, the proud defenders of bygone empires. Used properly, these stories can unite a community. But not everyone fits the narrative, and some are risking their lives to tell a different story altogether, as the murders of Jamal Khashoggi and Daphne Caruana Galizia attest.

Based on a decade of on the ground reporting, and informed by exclusive interviews across four continents, Michael Peel reveals the unsavoury realities of politics worldwide, exploding the myth that anyone is looking to the West for moral guidance.

Additional Information

Pages 368
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Michael Peel is the Financial Times' European diplomatic correspondent, based in Brussels. An award-winning journalist, he has previously reported for the FT from South East Asia, the Middle East and west Africa. He is the author of A Swamp Full of Dollars, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and nominated for the Orwell Prize.


'In this long awaited book, Peel has done a service to everyone who is interested in development.'

- Joseph E. Stiglitz on A Swamp Full of Dollars


- Louis Theroux on A Swamp Full of Dollars