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From the Satanic Panic to the anti-vaxx movement, it’s always been human nature to believe we’re being lied to by the powers that be (and sometimes, to be fair, we absolutely are).

But while it can be fun to indulge in a bit of Deep State banter on the family Whatsapp group, recent times have shown us that some of these theories have taken on a life of their own – and in our dogged quest for the truth, it appears we might actually be doing it some damage.

In Conspiracy, Tom Phillips and Jonn Elledge take us on a fascinating, insightful and often hilarious journey through conspiracy theories old and new, to try and answer an important question: how can we learn to log off the QAnon message boards, and start trusting hard evidence again?

Praise for the Brief History series:

‘Witty, entertaining and slightly distressing… You should probably read it’ Sarah Knight, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

‘Brilliant. Utterly, utterly brilliant’ Jeremy Clarkson

‘Very funny’ Mark Watson

‘Both readable and entertaining’ Telegraph