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The Unknowers : How Strategic Ignorance Rules the World, Paperback / softback Book

The Unknowers : How Strategic Ignorance Rules the World Paperback / softback


Deliberate ignorance has been known as the `OstrichInstruction' in law courts since the 1860s.

It illustrates a recurring patternin history in which figureheads for major companies, political leaders andindustry bigwigs plead ignorance to avoid culpability.

So why do so manyfigures at the top still get away with it when disasters on their watch damageso many people's lives?

When the phone hacking scandal rocked the United Kingdom in2011, Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News International, knew nothing of the criminalgoings-on.

After a fire swept through the Grenfell Tower, it soon came to lightthat the tragedy was a result of the wilful ignorance of experts.

Does the ideathat knowledge is power still apply in today's post-truth world?

Encompassing the building of industrial empires in 19thcentury America to the legal defences of today, The Unknowers shows that ignorance has not only long been an inherentpart big business, but also that true power lies in the ability to convinceothers of where the boundary between ignorance and knowledge lies.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Political science & theory
  • ISBN: 9781780326351

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