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.
9781786078254 (1 Apr 2021)
RRP £10.99
9781786076595 (5 Sep 2019)
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The Book

We are plagued by leaders who mislead and repress - it is more important than ever to stand up to them.

The Covid-19 catastrophe has exposed the fabulists who rule throughout the world, in dictatorships, democracies and hybrids of the two. The misinformation they spread and the fake policy solutions they tout have become their own pandemic.

Here, Michael Peel vividly recounts ferocious international battles over truth and the right to tell it. From Britain's struggle with itself over Brexit to Syria's civil war, he reveals the trademark deceptions and the powerful interests that profit from them in the defining fight of an era.

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