Friday, May 6, 2011

Fact or Fraud?

Compared to the vast majority of works that make up the Chicksands collection, this book is quite recent. Published in the 1980s, 'The Specialist' by 'Gayle Rivers' (a pseudonym) is supposedly an account of an SAS serviceman's exploits in counter-terrorism. Inside the front cover of this particular book is pasted a photocopied page of several newspaper articles that debunk 'Rivers' as a fraud. Nevertheless, a quick search online reveals the credibility of this work is still debated, and Amazon classifies the work under 'nonfiction' as well as 'biography' subject headings.

Often we may get lost in an exciting narrative, and forget to read critically - here, someone has kindly taken the time to make sure we do not forget our objective eye.

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