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Politics - Cutting Through the Crap Paperback – 4 Sep 2006

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (4 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844287785
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844287789
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bali Rai is the author of several teen novels and short stories including the award-winning (Un)arranged Marriage and The Crew. He lives in Leicester. Chris Riddell is an award-winning author, illustrator and political cartoonist for The Observer. He lives in Brighton.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By H. Willis on 26 April 2007
This is a truly interesting and informative read, and leaves any young apathetic reader truly knowledgeable about the modern political environment in the UK... and the behind-the-scenes dodgy dealings as well.

Bali speaks his mind about issues such as immigration, the Iraq War, political parties and the electoral system, the integrity of the UK media and more, with such tasteful cynicism that Paul Merton himself would be proud. The book also leaves the reader with many other routes of enquiry in order to pursue any areas further, should a particular aspect be of interest.

Thoroughly recommended for all those stereotypical teenagers like myself - this will undoubtedly change your mind about modern politics.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Girl- bibliophile on 9 Sept. 2007
I truly informative read from the brilliant Bali Rai. Completly biased, and packed full of humor, Rai actually makes politics fun. Covering everything from immagration to taxes, the war on terror to the Monster Raving Looney party, i actually enjoyed reading about them all.

Rai explains every major party clearly and throughly, in a very uncomplicated manor, and every subject has footnotes and sources in case you want to read further on a subject.

Overall, a brilliant book, if the languge Rai uses is somtimes a bit corse, with Chris Riddell's amazing pictures realy bringing Rai's points to life. 12+. A must buy for teenager interested in Politics.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Conor Lewis on 9 Aug. 2009
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This is a fantastic book and really enjoyable to read. I am 16 going on this year to study politics at A level and this book has already taught me so much in a very simple format. I honestly recommend this book to all who want to learn about how politics and how it works.

*****
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith James on 30 Jan. 2010
This book can tell you all you need to know about the modern political life in the UK and around the world, it tells readers about the modern Political parties From Conservatives to The New Labour to The Green Part and Respect! It teaches the Political concepts and the 'isms' of politics these are democracy, economics even to Totalitarianism and Communism. A truly interesting Book.

BUT I found towards the end the book got annoying as it is entirely biased and doesn't offer a balanced view (Bali Raj does warn about the Bias point of view though!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Roberta Tynan on 4 Nov. 2009
What a great book! I had absolutley no knowledge of Politics what so ever...! Bali Rai Gets straight to the point and talks in a simple way us lot can understand and doesnt use all that jargon! Absoultley brillant book, i feel like i could be primeminister!! :D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grace Mansfield on 15 May 2011
The perfect book for two types of people.
1) People who know absolutely zilch about politics and
2) People who enjoy laughing at the expense of rich right-wing twits!
I fell under the second category, admittedly, as a fairly left libertarian of fewer than twenty years d'age.
As other reviews have pointed out, there is nothing fair about this book, in fact it is a highly biased slice of genius!
His writing is entertaining and at times vitriolic in a hilarious way which I thoroughly enjoyed cover to cover.
A great book to wave in the faces of anyone to which the humour is aimed.
Thanks for the laughs!
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