“Titanic Express” takes its title from the bizarre name of the bus that was ambushed by Burundian rebels in December 2000, close to the capital Bujumbura. One of the 21 victims of the attack was Richard Wilson’s elder sister Charlotte, who had been working as a teacher in neighbouring Rwanda. Her Burundian fiancé – another Richard – who was travelling with her, was also killed.
“Don’t Get Fooled Again” is a very different kind of book from “Titanic Express”, but there are some common elements. Both, in their own ways, centre around a search for the truth, personally and politically. Both also look at how we can distinguish what’s true from what isn’t – or at least how we can tell a reasonable assumption from a completely nonsensical one – and why it is that these things matter. And both look in some detail at the issue of conspiracy theories, and the damage that they can do.
But “Don’t Get Fooled Again” is also a much lighter book, aimed at a much more general audience. Scepticism seems in many ways to be a prevailing sentiment just at the moment. Many feel distrustful of much of what we read in the media and hear from politicians, yet are also tired of the baseless paranoia peddled by conspiracy theorists of various shades. “Don’t Get Fooled Again” explores the territory between naivety and paranoia, highlights the extent to which we are all vulnerable to deception and delusion, and tries to put forward some practical ‘rules of thumb’ to minimise the risk of being fooled in future.
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