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The Resource The woman who fooled the world : Belle Gibson's cancer con, Beau Donelly & Nick Toscano

The woman who fooled the world : Belle Gibson's cancer con, Beau Donelly & Nick Toscano

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The woman who fooled the world : Belle Gibson's cancer con
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The woman who fooled the world
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Belle Gibson's cancer con
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Beau Donelly & Nick Toscano
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woman who fooled the world
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Belle Gibsons cancer con
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eng
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Belle Gibson convinced the world she had healed herself from terminal brain cancer with a healthy diet. She built a global business based upon her claims. There was just one problem: she'd never had cancer. In 2015, journalists uncovered the truth: this hero of the wellness world, with over 200,000 followers, international book deals, and a best-selling smartphone app, was a fraud. She had lied about having cancer - to her family and friends, to her business partners and publishers, and to the hundreds of thousands of people, including genuine cancer survivors, who were inspired by her Instagram posts. Written by the same multi-award-winning journalists who uncovered the details of Gibson's lies, The Woman Who Fooled the World tracks the 23-year-old's rise to fame and fall from grace. Told through interviews with the people who know her best, it unravels the mystery and motivation behind this deception and follows the public reaction to a scandal that made headlines around the world. The Woman Who Fooled the World explores the lure of alternative cancer treatments, the cottage industry flourishing behind the wellness and "clean eating" movements, and the power of social media. It documents the devastating impact this con had on Gibson's fans and on people suffering from cancer. Ultimately, it answers not just how, but why, Gibson was able to fool so many
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Investigative journalists Donelly and Toscano recount the story of a charismatic woman who used claims of a cancer diagnosis to build a wellness empire, depicting her as a fraud and an exemplar of how social media facilitates the spread of bad information. In 2014, Australian Belle Gibson, who said she had kept her brain cancer at bay with healthy eating and living rather than medical treatments, was a darling in the world of alternative medicine and its adherents on Instagram and Facebook. She had a bestselling app and a book contract for her cookbook, The Whole Pantry. But it was all a lie, and Donelly and Toscano were among the reporters who exposed the truth in 2015. For this book, they interview real cancer patients affected by Gibson’s claims, doctors who treat cancer, and Gibson’s estranged family members and friends. They also quote extensively from her social media posts and the comments of her followers to both consider Gibson’s possible motivations and discuss the broader dangers that have arisen throughout history when “wellness practitioners” claim to be able to cure serious diseases. This fascinating and thoroughly reported tale will have readers casting a gimlet eye on both the wellness industry and social media. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed 03/26/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 13, p)
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Donelly, Beau
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364.163
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no index present
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non fiction
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Toscano, Nick
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  • Gibson, Belle
  • Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Deception
  • Impostors and imposture
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adult
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Belle Gibson's cancer con
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The woman who fooled the world : Belle Gibson's cancer con, Beau Donelly & Nick Toscano
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322 pages
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The woman who fooled the world : Belle Gibson's cancer con, Beau Donelly & Nick Toscano
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24 cm.
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322 pages
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9781925322460
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(OCoLC)992124141

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