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  • Truth

  • A Brief History of Total Bulls--t
  • By: Tom Phillips
  • Narrated by: Tom Phillips
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, World
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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Summary

This is a book about truth - and all the ingenious ways, throughout history, that we've managed to avoid it.  

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 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? 

©2019 Tom Phillips (P)2019 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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"Tom Phillips is a very clever, very funny man." (Greg Jenner) 

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Brilliant and hilarious!

A superb book! My first from Tom Phillips and I can't wait to listen to his others. It's thought provoking and hilarious!

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not very gripping

very dull and you seem to be waiting a long time for any interesting content

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Proof nothing changes.

very well performed and informative book.
Tails from the past the show not much has changed in society but informs you how to start to spot bullshit.

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Entertaining... But a little dissapointing

I found this book entertaining enough and there were some great stories detailed throughout but it became quite repetitive after a while as did the author's constant attempts to add a witty remark or crack a joke at pretty much every opportunity availed to him which gave a constant air of smugness...

Having said all of that however, I think this book made it's point and does remind any listener (or reader) that humans are full of conceit and that it is our own personal responsibility to avoid the trap of believing everything that we read and hear and that everyone has a responsibility to try not to spread nonsense... As obvious as that is for us to live in a relatively sane world...

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  • 06-03-20

Great performance

Oh man read your next book yourself for us to! It was much better performed than your previous one.