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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849540942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849540940
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Weeks on 16 Jan. 2015
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Garage and Boris seem to be the two real characters in contemporary English politics. Both are from upper middle class backgrounds. Farage had an alcoholic stockbroker father and Farage's parents divorced when Nigel was very young. An individualistic boy he did well in sport at Dulwich college but was no academic. He preferred to enter the City not university. He did well as a metal trader until his career was interrupted, a drunken man walking out in front of a VW Beetle. He spent months in plaster, married a nurse and went back to the city where he prospered eventually founding his own futures firm. In politics he was libertarian and found a home in what developed into UKIP. Here is where this review dropped a star. The internal wrangling of UKIP are a rather sordid story of self-agrandising would be politicians, most high on ego and many low on loyalty. This continues when the party starts to have European electoral success. The worst individual example appears to be prima donna Kilroy-Silk. Elected an MEP Farage relates at length the waste, profligacy and general non-democratic nature of the EU. This goes on and on to the point of boredom but it is the EU's history. One thing sadly lacking are references to the sources of quotes. There is one absolutely damning one where Arnold Toynbee openly states it is necessary to mislead the electorate for his European dream to come true. It the workings of the EU are boring the book comes back to lefe when for a second time Farage narrowly escapes death, this time in a plane crash. This is really gripping writing. Nigel survives but his pilot suffers terrible mental scars. This brings us up to the date of publication. There follows some policy views.Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Sewell on 26 Mar. 2015
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I have read a lot of autobiography, and this stacks up well. Compared with Alan Johnson's Please Mr Postman, it is more amusing, and difficult to put down. There are some bits which confuse slightly, and a section that gets a bit boring, but soon lifts again. For someone who is not a writer, it is a very good effort, and comes over as the real deal, this is who Nigel Farage is, an honest guy with a very keen mind, who has had life changing traumas shape his raison d'etre. Politics is a cause for him, not a means to an end, he gave up any pretension to riches to fight for change. He is passionate to let people speak and debate, and passionate to expose the totalitarian attitude of the EU which curtails free speech.
There is a great deal of enlightenment in this book which everyone should read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Holt on 16 Jan. 2015
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Really interesting to read and good fun. Nigel Farage's style is superb. Whether you are pro or against him, it is still a good read and worth knowing the history behind the man and his actions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R.Scully on 27 Mar. 2015
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Good read, honest and forthright
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rita on 10 Mar. 2015
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Interesting insight into an interesting man - love him or hate him I think more people should read this - you will learn so much about the way Europe is run it will make your hair curl and could make a difference to the way you vote on staying in the EU
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39 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pack TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Jan. 2012
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Events and the political calendar are likely to keep UKIP as one of the most prominent 'other' political parties in the UK over the next few years, making this newly revised and expanded autobiography of its most high-profile and flamboyant personality, Nigel Farage, timely not only for the party's own fans but for anyone else interested in British politics.

It is a well-written, lively book, full of the sort of pugnacious language that has helped give Farage his popularity. It is also rather kinder to some of his opponents that you might expect if you had only come across Farage through his headline grabbing strings of insults aimed at others, though when it comes to the EU and its main functionaries he doesn't hold back. He even has some kind words to say for the man who threatened to kill him - and rightly so given the person's mental health had fallen apart.

Nigel Farage writes much about his own personal failings - the drunkenness, failed marriage and more - in a way that mixes skilfully killing future criticism by being frank with a strong view that if you believe in freedom the important thing is that people take responsibility for their own actions rather than that you try to ban people from making mistakes.

Despite being such a good read, at the end of it I was not that much clearer about what really motivates Nigel Farage than at the start. A libertarian streak certainly does come out. That explains some of his politics, much of which however seems to be heavily motivated by a love of being the gadfly, the person with the alternative views poking fun at the establishment and having fun in being different.
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I now have a bone to pick with Mr Farage, I bought this as a cure for insomnia, after all a book about a middle class middle aged politician, however high profile, must be sleep inducing and I only bought it because it was 99p on amazon, how wrong was I, after two nights of almost no sleep I finished the book and thought what a bloody good read. Now I need sleep, think I'll avoid politician autobiography's, if this is anything to go by, as I'll never sleep (I suspect other politicians may be more sleep inducing but I'm not risking it) Doubtless it helps that much of Mr Farages opinions and beliefs (apart from hunting) are reflected in my own, so if you have strong political views that favour a particular opposing viewpoint (mostly pro-europe)and believe everyone else is wrong this is probably not for you.
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