Time Out – 3 September 2003
"Boyle's is a beguiling vision of hope for the future and many readers will agree with most of what he has to say."
Financial Times – 6 September 2003
"Authenticity has always been seeping out of our lives….and yet.. [it] has a habit of fighting back. David Boyle walks the front lines of the way between real and fake."
Daily Telegraph – 2 August 2003
"[Boyle] joins a long line, from Plato to Keynes, who argue that our view of reality, whether the figurative shadows on a cave wall, or the numbers called on a trading floor, is a speculative froth that distracts us from a superior reality."
The Independent – 29 July 2003
"… an insightful, ambitious argument."
Management Today – August 2003
"A book beginning here could easily be another polemic against consumer capitalism, superficial politics and the influence of a cynical media. Though Boyle criticises all three, his argument is subtler than bestselling broadsides like Naomi Klein's No Logo or Michael Moore's Stupid White Men… The guts of the argument are that we need to find a new set of relationships between democracy, individualism and capitalism… its wide range, well-written examples and lively style offer something for us all."
Manchester Evening News – 2 August 2003
"What is most pleasing about this book is that it actually offers a way out. After hurtling through a world of falsehood, Boyle delivers 20 steps that anyone can take in order to minimilise the fake world. It is a book that helps you to keep it real."
The Big Issue – 4 August 2003
"Authenticity…chronicles our cultural backlash against a world increasingly plugged as 'virtual', and attempts to decode what real really means."
The Scotsman – 9 August 2003
"… a bold attempt to pull together a thousand strands of modern nostalgia and unease and present them as a unified whole."
Praise for The Tyranny of Numbers
‘A great antidote to cynicism and sharply witty reminder of what is important in life.’ Independent
About the Author
David Boyle is the author of Funny Money and The Tyranny of Numbers. Editor of New Economics since 1988, he has also edited a range of other publications. David Boyle is a Fellow of the RSA and a well-known figure in organisations such as the New Economics Foundation. He has been a Winston Churchill Fellow and is a regular broadcaster on the future of money, cities, economics and now – reality.