The Fabulists

Pages: 384
Subject: Current Affairs
Imprint: Oneworld

The Fabulists

How myth-makers rule in an age of crisis

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
9781786078254 (1 Apr 2021)
RRP £10.99

The Book

Demagogues and authoritarians are flourishing in this modern age of political myth. They exploit our fears and fantasies. Exposing the fictions that these new rulers use to take and keep control has never been more urgent - and people risk their careers, liberty or even their lives to do so.

In this revealing and richly reported book, international correspondent Michael Peel illuminates the surprising parallels between leaders, movements and their supporters who have thrived using potent but questionable stories. From Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar to Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drugs crackdown in the Philippines, and from Britain's struggle over Brexit to Syria's civil war, he probes the patterns in narratives that too often serve the interests of the chosen few.

Above all, Peel shows the extraordinary and sometimes dangerous steps courageous people take to challenge these fabulists - and the treacherous paths they lead us down.

Additional Information

Subject Current Affairs
Pages 384
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Michael Peel is the European diplomatic correspondent based in Brussels for the Financial Times. He has reported for the FT from South East Asia, the Middle East and west Africa. He is the author of A Swamp Full of Dollars: Pipelines and Paramilitaries at Nigeria's Oil Frontier, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and nominated for the Orwell Prize. @Mikepeeljourno


‘Excellent investigative journalism exposing global corruption…devastating.'

- Irish Times

'Quite astonishingly on point... A riveting book'

- James O'Brien, author of How to Be Right

‘There are few more important topics than the rise of global authoritarianism, and no better guide than Michael Peel's The Fabulists - a book that is not just grippingly written but also authoritative and wryly perceptive on the many foibles of the world's most fascinating fantasist autocrats.'

- James Crabtree, author of The Billionaire Raj