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George Osborne: The Austerity Chancellor Hardcover – 16 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (16 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849542147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849542142
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.5 x 25.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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contains a great deal of fascinating new information --Peter Oborne, Sunday Telegraph

"Ganesh's dissection of what has driven the intellectual and political revival of the Tories is forensic and incisive" --Anne McElvoy, Mail on Sunday

An insight into one of today s most important politicians --Sunday Express

"A pacy, well researched book --The Spectator

"Ganesh spills the beans as politely as possible" --Belfast Telegraph

"Illuminating" --The Guardian

"Ganesh spills the beans as politely as possible" --Belfast Telegraph

"Illuminating" --The Guardian

About the Author

Janan Ganesh is poltical columnist for The Financial Times. He has previously written for The Economist.


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Format: Paperback
Janan Ganesh's biography of George Osborne, now out in a slightly expanded paperback edition, has been rightly praised for its style, research and sharp analysis. And yet, and yet... at the end of reading it I still feel a big disjuncture between the the George Osborne in the book and the George Osborne who wants to cut public spending massively further without a penny of tax rises after 2015.

Ganesh is sympathetic to Osborne without ever being sycophantic and unsurprisingly paints a much kinder picture of him that Labour politicians do. That's not the puzzle, however.

The puzzle is that Ganesh's picture is one of an arch-pragmatist, someone who is a centrist who could easily have ended up in New Labour: "The Tory party was, ultimately, a default recourse for a broadly centrist budding politico at a time when Labour was unelectably left-wing. Had Osborne been born a decade later and grown up in the mid-1990s, he might now be a Blairite MP striving to catch Ed Miliband's eye for a frontbench promotion".

Moreover, in Ganesh's account Osborne's initial political experiences confirmed his centrist, pragmatic approach: "In the period between Britain's exit from the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) in 1992 and the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith as Leader of the Opposition in 2003 ... the Tories were a bitterly riven and splenetically detested party... Osborne was there for almost all of this period.... His time as a back-room adviser was an unremittingly brutal education that shaped the politician he became: pugilistic, averse to vote-losing ideology and almost neurotically fixated on public opinion".

Yet look at Osborne's tax and spend plans for a 2015-2020 Conservative government and they seem a long way away from this.
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By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 30 Aug. 2015
Format: Paperback
I bought this book hoping to find out more about George Osborne,currently the favourite to replace David Cameron as Prime Minister. While this well written biography does that to an extent,I still felt that I didn't know the Chancellor any better than what I did before I started reading the book.Osborne comes across as particularly intelligent,ambitious,dynamic and power hungry.However he also comes across as somewhat elitist,detached and lacking a common touch. I had wanted to find out more about Osborne's private life and personal tastes,but this book focuses mostly on politics and economics and reads as a sort of history of the Conservative Party over the past few decades as it charts the rise to prominence of Osborne, who appears to have been highly regarded wherever he has went.Broadly speaking the author paints a positive image of Osborne although the reader will find it hard to warm to him as a human being. The Chancellor also comes across as being a pragmatic ,socially liberal ,centrist type of politician and a moderniser rather than a cultural conservative. I would consider myself to be socially conservative and fiscally liberal so I would find it hard to empathise with Osborne despite voting Conservative in the 2015 election.Osborne harbours ambitions to be PM but I think he lacks the common touch to appeal to voters who might find it hard to warm to him.But there again if Labour have Corbyn as leader in 2020 Osborne would probably win the election with a landslide.
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An enjoyable biography of one of the most powerful chaps in Britain, this is a favourable but fair book that's intelligently written and easily digested.

Osbourne comes across well, as incredibly bright, very driven and not unpleasant in his dealings with his staff. The book focuses more on politics and economics than personality, and that suited me just fine. It also serves as a recent history of the Conservative party, and the author makes some salient points.

It's quite unusual (for me, anyway) to read a biography of someone so young and of events that have barely gone. How will history judge Osbourne and Cameron? TBC, as they say. But this is a good, readable book for politicos.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a really good account of the current chancellor. I read this book out of interest and not out of being a big supporter, and it is impressive. The book, whilst of course being in the main about Osborne, sees the author, especially from the second section onwards, managing to give a great overview of the political sphere of elections from '92- '10, lacing Osborne in amongst the various ups and downs and tactical moves. The book shows Osborne as still something on an enigma in his thoughts, tactics and ambitions.
It sounds somewhat sad to categorically state that I thought that a political book about George Osborne was a genuine 'page turner', but that is indeed what it was. The author's style of writing, whilst containing copious words that one often does not see in writing these days [a good thing](I needed to frequently refer to a dictionary lol), keeps the reader engaged, and whilst obviously with a right of the spectrum bias, not overbearingly so.
Wholly recommended.
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Essential reading for anyone interested in politics and trying to judge whether Osborne will be viewed as a long-term success. By far the most interesting politician of his day.
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