Thursday, September 05, 2019

Top ten books about fake news

Henry Hemming is the bestselling author of six books including M, published as Agent M in North America, the Dolman Travel Award-shortlisted Misadventure in the Middle East and the New York Times bestseller The Ingenious Mr Pyke.

His new book is Agents of Influence: A British Campaign, a Canadian Spy, and the Secret Plot to Bring America into World War II.

At the Guardian, Hemming tagged ten top books about fake news, including:
Broadcast Hysteria by A Brad Schwartz (2015)

A captivating look at the best known hoax of the 20th century: Orson Welles’s 1938 radio dramatisation of The War of the Worlds. Schwartz skewers the myths surrounding this broadcast. It turns out there was little panic about an alien invasion, but in the months that followed there was real panic surrounding radio’s capacity for subversion and fakery. Welles’s broadcast ended the “golden age of radio”, leaving millions with a new – and necessary – scepticism towards what they heard on the airwaves.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue