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.
‘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.’
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