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The Books Briefing: What Makes Falsehoods Captivating

Fakes and facts: Your weekly guide to the best in books

Fyre Fest, Theranos, catfishing, cons, fake-news claims both false and legitimate: The 2010s have been a decade of seemingly unprecedented uncertainty about what’s real.

  • Rosa Inocencio Smith
  • The Atlantic

Books by Lee McIntyre and Farhad Manjoo describe the rise of what Manjoo calls “a post-fact society,” in which the internet plays a particularly catalyzing role.

But while modern technology may have fostered the spread of misinformation, the social psychologists Carol Tavris and…

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