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The Benn Tapes 2 (Radio Collection) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Tony Benn
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6 Oct 2003 Radio Collection
This is a second volume of behind-the-scene revelations from Labour MP Tony Benn's highly-acclaimed BBC Radio 4 series. Here, he reveals what he discovered from his scrutiny of the nuclear industry and why he now believes nuclear power is unsafe.

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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (6 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056349493X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563494935
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The thoughts of Mr Integrity 1 Feb 2009
By Fermat
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Read any of Tony Benn's diaries or listen to any of the excerpts and you are guaranteed serious, warm, erudite, humble and thoughtful observations on the big (and small) issues of our time.
This great man - the most important voice of reason of the past 50 years - was vilified by a corrupt media and dismissed as a 'left wing loony'. This is no loony. He is an unapologetic socialist. Anyone who thinks that the current political and financial chaos is better than properly implemented, caring socialism, should perhaps reconsider. We live in times of quasi-feudalism, where non-elected organisations, representing the interests of a few individuals and corporations, have taken the place of the lords of the manor.
Listen to Benn! He is and was almost always right! Very unusually for a politician, he is capable of unashamedly admitting when he has been wrong (e.g. the nuclear energy issue).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating despite the sound effects 25 Nov 2012
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The same review applies to The Benn Tapes 1 and 2 - these are fascinating reminders of the political changes and machinations of the latter decades of the twentieth century, seen through the eyes of an increasingly isolated and frustrated Tony Benn. The sense of the time that has passed since these episodes is amplified by the variable quality of the sound recordings and the production decision to drop in frequent 'recording-equipment-sound-effects'. The 'home-made' effect that this generates soon wears thin, and makes the subsequent diary recordings (1991-2001 and 2001-2007) much easier-listening in comparison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History as it happened 19 Jan 2009
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It is to our great benefit that Tony Benn was such a prolific diarist. Even better than Mr. Benn dictated his thoughts to tape and it is these you can hear on these CDs; you hear his actually recordings of life both in government and in opposition. These are not anecdotal sketches, they are detailed accounts of his life in politics and outside of it.

Worthy of special mention in this CD collection is the episode called "Nuclear Safety" in which Mr. Benn was embroiled in a strike at Windscale and "No Minister!" in which he records his frustrations in government when dealing with officialdom. They are highly recommended as they show Tony Benn as an exceptional political thinker, public speaker and human being of great intellect, empathy and integrity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight. 28 Nov 2012
By davjac
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Great insights into the political happenings of the time. Still relevant today. Tony Benn was a missed opportunity for the country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 17 Aug 2003
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Whatever your political persuasion, this collection of stories about events whilst Tony Benn was an MP will keep you enthralled.
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