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Introduction: A toolbox for lies and deception 1. From the toolbox: The art of character assassination. The strange journey of Richard Tomlinson 2. From the toolbox: Shoot the messengers. If a forest is destroyed and no one is there to see it, does anyone care? 3. From the toolbox: Our conspiracy theories are better than yours. The Estonia mystery: Spies, smugglers, secret packages and Putin 4. From the toolbox: Delay, delay, delay until everyone gets bored. A murder confession is ignored 5. From the toolbox: Create your own reality. State-sponsored stories and other distractions 6. From the toolbox: Manufacture another truth. The human shields - how a cover-up was covered up 7. From the toolbox: The value of distance. An Antarctic rescue and the death of a scientist 8. From the toolbox: Official secrets and other means of suppression. How to avoid a government stopping your book being published 9. From the toolbox: Behind closed doors. Making lots of people angry in the world's friendliest country 10. A different tool: Happy endings, deception practised by journalists and other good people. Misleading the world's children 11. The assault on truth: Where to from here? Thanks Endnotes Index

About the Author

Stephen Davis has been on the frontlines of journalism for three decades as an investigative reporter in TV, magazines and newspapers. He has reported from the rainforests of Brazil to the icy wastes of Antarctica, from London to Los Angeles, from the Middle East to Russia.

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