- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Metro Books, London (7 Jan. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1843581434
- ISBN-13: 978-1843581437
- Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2.7 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 903,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jonathan has worked for the BBC and ITV for 20 years, on such shows as Watchdog, BBC Breakfast News, Radio 4's Today, House of Horrors and Tonight With Trevor McDonald. He writes on a variety of subjects - including Scrabble - for the national press. This is his fourth book. He is 43 and married.
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Top Customer Reviews
But anyway, yes, the book - it's superb! It is Politics but with a life, with the added little sparkle and, of course, with humour.
As an aspiring political fiend myself it had proved essential in helping me to understand things I used to pretend I understood to appear clever. Now, thanks to Maitland, I truley DO understand it all - only don't test me!
With short chapters and cartoon sketches it also explores some of the myths within politics including beards and whether they should be allolwed with Westminster!
Seriously though it is a great book, academic, informative and funny - it is an enjoyable read. I urge everyone to buy it and then buy it again for a friend!
Well done Mr Maitland!
I found it interesting, informative and entertaining. In September I shall be teaching AS Level Government and Politics to 16 and 17 year olds for the first time. I will be recommending they all read this book during the summer in preparation for the course. As an easy introduction to the structure of government and the nature of modern politics I find it hard to fault the book.
So why only 3 stars? Well, there are some big flaws in this book, as I see it. Most of these come towards the end of the book (in the last third really). We then start to see that the author perhaps has certain sympathies that don't quite make impartiality on his part possible. For example, in a chapter dedicated to a brief overview of various political ideologies, he says that it's been suggested that Communism has been responsible for 50 million deaths around the world. That may be true (depending how you define "Communism"), but the same criticism can be levelled at Capitalism. The author doesn't mention this. The governments of Capitalist countries are just as guiity of supporting despotic regimes around the world as Communist ones were. This is overlooked. Similarly, the author says that Afghanistan is now a democracy, thanks to US intervention, and then later says that the US installed leader Hamid Karzai has little influence outside of the capital Kabul. Well? Which is it? I'd like to hear some Afghan citizens comment on the level of democracy. Another impartial description was of Osama Bin Laden.Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an important book which has come out at the perfect time (pre-election)It is a must for anyone who is either disillusioned with politics,or feels they need to learn a bit... Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2005
I never thought I'd read a book on politics at all, let alone in one sitting ,but I lapped this one up between lunch and dinner . It even - miracle of miracles- made me laugh. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2005
I never thought I would read a book about politics that I couldn't put down. Until this. I read it in a single sitting. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2005
sometimes funny but not really telling us much in depth, this little guide glides superficially over the political basics, leaving too much unsaid and unexplored. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2005 by umba