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Fighting Bull [Hardcover]

Nigel Farage
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25 Mar 2010
I did not enter politics out of philanthropy but rather as an extension of my own annoyance and resentment at having inherited freedoms infringed by power-crazed idiots spouting gibberish. It gives me particular pleasure, then, to know that we have empowered many others and caused them too to doubt the authority whereby such people presume to grant us rights where we can manage perfectly well with innate freedoms. In an age of colourless bureaucrats, Nigel Farage is a politician you are unable to ignore, provoking controversy and admiration in equal measure. What cannot be denied is the effect he has had on British and European politics. A fun-loving iconoclast whose motto is work hard and play harder , Farage s charismatic leadership and determination to battle the forces of anti-libertarianism have made him a Robin Hood figure to many, and propelled his party, UKIP, into a position of real power in the country. Told with Farage s customary wit and humour, Fighting Bull is a thoroughly engaging look at an extraordinary life, including the spills a near fatal car accident and surviving testicular cancer and the thrills a boisterous boyhood in London and a career as a City trader, to battling bureaucracy in Europe and defending the nation s hard-won freedoms against erosion from without and within. His account of his journey into the Brussels labyrinth is compelling. The book tells of loyalty and treachery in his own ranks and of his struggle to overcome media preconceptions. It features sometimes hilarious and often terrifying encounters with a stellar supporting cast, including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Nicolas Sarkozy, José Manuel Barroso, and UKIP s short-lived, silver-gilt mascot Robert Kilroy-Silk. In September 2009 Nigel Farage announced he would stand against John Bercow, the newly elected Speaker of the House of Commons, in his Buckingham constituency in the next election, despite a modern convention that the speaker is not challenged for re-election. Fighting Bull is a candid, colourful life story by a fascinating and controversial character. It also shows that one fearless, determined individual can still make a difference.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback (25 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184954039X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849540391
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nigel Farage is a founder member of the UK Independence Party, which was established in September 1993. He is the Member of the European Parliament for the South East region and is the leader of the parliamentary party in the EU parliament.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read on more than one level 10 Nov 2010
"What do you want to read that for?", said my other half, "Farage is a twit!"
Well, some of this book may be light-hearted, but most of it is spot-on on our current problems and is especially good on our constitution and common law, on which topic most of our MPs seem woefully ignorant. Farage has the rare knack of being able to put his finger on exactly what is going on amidst all the Euro-obfuscation and what we should do about it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his story and finished by asking my other half, "Can you point to anything he says that isn't accurate, then?" And he couldn't.
This book is quite serious. It deals with how, and by whom, we should be governed. It sums up a lot of the unease many feel as we seem to lurch further into a European dictatorship run by a Franco-German engine ("a French rider on a German horse"), which thinks nation states are evil and should cease to exist. Should be read by anyone interested in where we are going as a country, and why. And, yes, it's entertaining too. The best books make serious points in an engaging way, and this certainly does that.
Farage's book poses the question: what's so wrong with wanting to govern ourselves?
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NIgel-No Crashing Bore 10 July 2010
This book should be read by all, not only those interested in politics but also by those who like a good read. It is full of honesty and excitement, revealing a man driven by his beliefs, pride in his country and sense of justice. In his youth he loved his fun (still does), hard work and not a little of the pleasures of the City that went with it in the recent past. Life is for living and Nigel Farage surely displays that. His political outbursts may be outrageous to some but he sure takes the Bull by the horns. There can be few who would go the lengths of flying upside down and come a cropper to further his cause! Read to learn and enjoy-a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go Nigel 8 Oct 2010
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I purchased this for my holiday read and to be honest my husband nabbed it from me and never put it down!
He found it a great read and Nigel doesn't hold back which is why we love him. He also goes into personal detail about his life which has a few sad moments as well as laugh out loud.
A real eye opener in the world of Euro politics which will make your blood boil!
If only Nigel was PM the country would be in a much better place!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written history of himself and UKIP 13 May 2010
By Keith
A really well written book that was not only interesting from cover-to-cover, but hugely entertaining - it is effectively an autobiography and explanation of how UKIP came about. Farage is as candid in the book as he is on television, providing entertainment but also an honest insight into his attitude towards, particularly, life, the UK, the EU and Europe.

It did seem to end a little abruptly, but then I came to realise that Farage is (hopefully) still in the prime of his political life - I thoroughly look forward to the book he will undoubtledly write when he retires from politics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Dominic
I have tried to read political books before and often found them quite dry and boring but Nigel Farage writes with such enthusiasm and passion that you can't help but to turn the next page. I started reading this book in the late afternoon and by the evening I had already finished it.

Fighting Bull is such an eye opener, when you read about the money and powers we give away every day to Brussels you will be left with no doubt that it is essential we leave the EU as soon as possible.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very amusing and enlightening read 24 May 2010
This is one of those books that you roar through because you are just enjoying it so much. Nigel Farage appears a real character on TV, and his personality and humour really come out in these pages. Not only does he give a frank account of the rise of UKIP, but he also lays out the tremendously wasteful habits and practises of the EU. This is not to say it is a dry read, it is laugh-out loud funny in some places. If you are interested in the anti-EU perspective, I heartily recommend this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A better journey than Blair's 19 Sep 2010
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I expected to enjoy this book (if not I wouldn't have bought it). But I enjoyed it more than I expected -- and not only because Nigel Farage is an acquaintance with whom I have occasionally shared a beer. For an insight into the highways and byways of European politics, and a damning indictment of the European institutions, this is a must-read.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crikey! An honest politician! 20 May 2010
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This book is the best factual book I've read for years. Farage is painfully honest, informative, self deprecating and hugely entertaining. Best of all he shows us what the EU is really like, tells us things it's hard to believe and made me so angry about the dishonesty and downright corruption of the place I could have wept. Democracy? Pah!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Excellent piece of writing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great laugh out loud moments
Some love and some hate our Nigel but he is a great one for speaking his mind and giving us some wonderful "laugh out loud" moments. Read more
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Published on 8 May 2012 by Ross
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Published on 28 July 2011 by Billy Ray Cyrus
5.0 out of 5 stars The last!
Mr Farage's book is not only extremely informative but also very truthful where he not only uncovers the truth about the corrupt EU federal establishment but is also very open and... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2011 by johnnyd
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd award 6 stars if I could.
"Fighting Bull" by Nigel Farage.
What a 'card' he is, and what a splendid wordsmith too.
I found myself reading tranches of this book to my wife, since Farage's views are... Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2010 by R. E. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revealing Biography
Autobiographies rarely reveal the true character of the person, as they tend to be written with a view to how the reader might perceive them, particularly by politicans. Read more
Published on 28 Nov 2010 by Rw Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest politician
Nigel Farage is and has been a breath of fresh air in the stinking depths of where Westminster politicans have sunk. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2010 by Mr. P. W. Gove
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