Truth: How The Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality [Book Review]

June 25, 2018

I’ve been reading more self-help books as of lately and I am enjoying it a lot. I know sometimes its difficult to get to them if you only enjoy fiction but we still need to read them. Penguin Random House South Africa sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Lets get to the review.

Book Details

Title: Truth: How The Many Sides to Every Story Shape Our Reality || Author: Hector Macdonald || Published: 8 March 2018 || Publicicst: Lauren Mc Diarmid || Genre: Self-help || Pages: 346 || Imprint: Transworld


We usually think that there is a clear distinction between true and false. The reality is far murkier.

In this book, Macdonald explains how these so-called “competing truths” are used both constructively and misleadingly by businesses, media, politicians, advertisers, and even regular people having regular conversations. He shows how understanding competing truths makes us better at navigating the world and more influential within it. Combining great storytelling with practical takeaways and a litany of fascinating, funny, and insightful case studies, Truth is a sobering and engaging read about how profoundly our mindsets and actions are influenced by the truths that those around us choose to tell.

My Thoughts

The writing style is perfect and easy flowing. I enjoyed the simplistic examples the author use in order to portray a certain points, it made it easier for me to understand the topic at hand. The book is divided into different part that adressed different types of truths.

At the end of each chapter, they are key points labelled “in practise”, essentially summarising the important things that one needs to practise from that chapter and what you need to watch out for.

At the end of the book, the author included a checklist for misleading truths. These are basically uestions one can use in other to assess a certaing statement. I found it very helpfull and thoughful from the author.

References and notes have been included which can be used if you want important information

The topic itself is interesting to read about. The fact that we always think think that they is always a clear distinction between the truth and lies, but the author takes simple examples and reveals that they is a lot that we need to consider in a statement and he defines the different types of truths. So I learned a lot from this book.

Overall, its an amazing read and I think everyone can benefit from it a lot thus I truly recommend it.



“Mindsets are flexible in some respects. We are easily influenced when we know nothing about a subject.”

“We all see the world through different lenses, formed largely by the different truths we hear and read.”

“Omission is a natural tactic for all of us. We don’t post unflattering pictures on Facebook.”

Those were my thoughts and I’d like to know yours if you’ve read this book and thank you again to Penguin Random House SA for sending me a copy.

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