We live in a ‘post-truth’ age, we’re told. The US has a president who openly lies on a daily basis (or who doesn’t even know what’s true, and doesn’t care). The internet has turned our everyday lives into a misinformation battleground. People don’t trust experts any more.
But was there ever really a golden age of truth-telling? As the editor of the UK’s leading independent fact-checker, Tom Phillips deals with complete bollocks every day. Here, he tells the hilarious story of how we humans have spent history lying to each other – and ourselves – and asks an important question: how can humanity move towards a truthier future?
PRAISE FOR HUMANS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW WE F*CKED IT ALL UP:
‘This book is brilliant. Utterly, utterly brilliant’ Jeremy Clarkson, author of The World According to Clarkson
‘F*cking brilliant’ Sarah Knight, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
‘Very funny’ Mark Watson, author of Eleven
‘In dark times, it’s reassuring to learn that we’ve always been a bunch of clueless f*cking nitwits’ Stuart Heritage, author of Don’t Be a Dick, Pete
‘A light-touch history of moments when humans have got it spectacularly wrong… Both readable and entertaining’ Telegraph