The title page of 18th-century book A Description of Formosa by George Psalmanazar.

Book review: Fake news isn’t new, as The Formosa Fraud, fictitious Taiwan tale, reminds us

Graham Earnshaw has republished George Psalmanazar’s fictitious early 18th-century book about Formosa – now Taiwan – called A Description Of Formosa, which duped even the Bishop of London and a tutor at Oxford

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The title page of 18th-century book A Description of Formosa by George Psalmanazar.
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Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon is editor of the Asian Review of Books. A publisher and entrepreneur, he has been active in technology, culture and international trade and investment. He is the co-author of “The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565–1815”. He has been a resident of Hong Kong since 1985.