Post-Truth: Why We Have Reaches Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It by Evan  Davis
(Little, Brown (UK), 2017)

Post-Truth: Why We Have Reaches Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It

by Evan Davis

Low-level dishonesty is rife everywhere, in the form of exaggeration, selective use of facts, economy with the truth, careful drafting - from Trump and the Brexit debate to companies that tell us ‘your call is important to us’. How did we get to a place where bullshit is not just rife but apparently so effective that it’s become the communications strategy of our times?

This brilliantly insightful book steps inside the panoply of deception employed in all walks of life and assesses how it has come to this. It sets out the surprising logic which explains why bullshit is both pervasive and persistent. Why are company annual reports often nonsense? Why should you not trust estate agents? And above all, why has political campaigning become the art of stretching the truth? Drawing on behavioural science, economics, psychology and of course his knowledge of the media, Evan ends by providing readers with a tool-kit to handle the kinds of deceptions we encounter every day, and charts a route through the muddy waters of the post-truth age.

Reviews

Evan Davis tackles bullshit by largely eschewing politics and producing a measured account of irrationality in economics. His care and his determination to make complicated ideas accessible show, above all, why he is such a good broadcaster”
- Nick Cohen, Observer
…a rich and probing analysis of the use and misuse of the media”
- John Gray, Guardian
Davis’s journey through the bullshit swamplands makes fascinating reading”
- Roland White, Sunday Times
Entertaining and quirky”
- Clive Davis, The Times
Evan Davis's is the more subtle and wide-ranging, written with the generous intelligence and wry humour that admirers of his broadcasting will recognise”
- Steve Poole, New Statesman
A Malcolm Gladwell-style social psychology/ behavioural economics primer with lots of smart-sounding phrases … hats off to Davis”
- David Goodhart, Evening Standard