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How the UK government weaponised fear during the Covid-19 pandemic

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This is a book about fear. Fear of a virus. Fear of death. Fear of losing our jobs, our democracy, our human connections, our health and our minds. It's also about how the government weaponised our fear against us – supposedly in our best interests – until we were one of the most frightened countries in the world.

But why did the government deliberately frighten us? How has this affected us as individuals and as a country? Who is involved in the decision-making that affects our lives? How are behavioural science and nudge theory being used to subliminally manipulate us? How does the media leverage fear? What are the real risks to our wellbeing?

Ahead of any official inquiry into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Laura Dodsworth explores all these questions and more, in a nuanced and thought-provoking discussion of an extraordinary year in British life and politics. With stories from members of the general public who were impacted by fear, anxiety and isolation, and revealing interviews with psychologists, politicians, scientists, lawyers, Whitehall advisers and journalists, A State of Fear calls for a more hopeful, transparent and effective democracy.

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2021 | paperback | 320pp | 198x129mm

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A Landmark Book

Diane Griffin on 16th Jul 2021

I have just finished reading this amazing book and am buying copies to give to my friends who are hiding behind their sofas, I just hope they read it. Laura cleverly de-bunks the official statistics and Government propaganda, all backed up by meticulous research.

An important read for everyone.

Natasha on 7th Jun 2021

Regardless of your stance on everything post March 2020 - this book is a must read for ALL. So insightful yet not too heavy, the author manages to deliver very important facts and discussions that we must all get to grips with. I am here for it! Dodsworth articulates what most people i know have felt from the beginning, and mentions things most are too scared to discuss in fear of being "cancelled". This would also the perfect gift to give someone who blindly follows the narrative and happily allows others to suffer via prioritising only covid. Thank. You. Dodsworth.