Our world is full of people and products that are not what they seem. We no longer know whether we are talking to a person or a machine. But we can fight back.
We live in an age when the pursuit of authenticity – from living our ‘best life’ to eating artisan food – matters more and more to us, but where the forces of inauthenticity seem to be taking over. Alice Sherwood joins us to argue that, although our counterfeit culture is shaped by the most powerful forces of evolution, economics, and technology, we can still come together to reclaim reality.
Along the way, she will introduce us to the world’s greatest impostor, who finally became what he’d pretended to be; the wartime counterfeiter who fooled a nation; nature’s most outrageous deceivers; the artist who encouraged people to forge his pictures; and the ‘authentic’ brand that was anything but. But we also meet people living unexpectedly rewarding lives in virtual worlds, and foot soldiers in the ‘armies of truth’ who are taking down today’s conspiracies and cons.
You’ll never think about deception and reality in the same way again.
Praise for Alice Sherwood’s Authenticity:
‘Brilliantly witty, profoundly illuminating, Alice Sherwood is a master storyteller’ Simon Schama
‘This wise, quirky, funny, wholly original book is an authentic delight. I loved it.’ Tim Harford
‘Alice Sherwood is the real deal’ Marcus Du Sautoy
‘Fascinating and hugely entertaining’ Brian Eno
‘Beautifully written, hugely readable and completely fascinating – a book for smart thinkers everywhere.’ Mary Ann Sieghart, author of The Authority Gap
‘This is a trailblazing book.’ Rory Sutherland
‘Authenticity demonstrates that although those who wish to deceive us sometimes seem to have the upper hand, it’s down to the individual to fight for authenticity.’ Eliot Higgins, author of We Are Bellingcat