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The Fabulists

How myth-makers rule in an age of crisis

Michael Peel



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03 December 2019
Politics & government; Political leaders & leadership; Political structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship
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.
By:   Michael Peel
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 225mm,  Width: 146mm,  Spine: 32mm
ISBN:   9781786076595
ISBN 10:   1786076594
Pages:   368
Publication Date:   03 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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

Reviews for The Fabulists: How myth-makers rule in an age of crisis

'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 <i>The Billionaire Raj</i>

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