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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books; First Edition edition (16 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781844678518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844678518
  • ASIN: 1844678512
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The writing style of this reportage is compact, urgent, present-tense, declarative, and addictive. - Andy Beckett, Guardian

He s lively, funny and engaging, trading in the energy derived from the thrill and significance of what he s witnessing. -Phil Harrison, Time Out

Superb overview of the global protest movements of 2011. - New Internationalist

This book not only reads as an in-depth consideration of global politics today, but offers a personal memoir from a man who has had a ringside seat. We are blessed that the BBC, for all the criticisms, still employs journalists whose logic and unfailing inquisitiveness brings us such analysis. --Dan Carrier, Camden New Journal

You will learn something new and challenging on every page of this book.- Kenny Farquharson, Scotland on Sunday

The mix of wide-ranging reportage and historical analysis is lively and insightful. --Claire Allfree, Metro

Praise for Meltdown: A page-turning account - Mason is refreshingly clear-eyed - and angry. --Will Hutton, Guardian

Praise for Meltdown: What people need is a reliable guide to the financial crisis - Meltdown is the book they are looking for. --John Gray, New Statesman

Praise for Meltdown: A lucid and sharply polemical account of the crisis. --Oliver Kamm, The Times

Praise for Meltdown: A lucid and sharply polemical account of the crisis. --Oliver Kamm, The Times

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PAUL MASON is the economics editor of the BBC's flagship current affairs program Newsnight. He has covered globalization and social justice stories from locations around the world, including Latin America, Africa and China, has been nominated for an Emmy for his work with BBC World News America, and has twice been nominated for the Orwell Prize for his blog Idle Scrawl. He is the author of Meltdown and Live Working or Die Fighting.

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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec 2014
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This is a complex and thoughtful, yet at times in-your-face, explanation of what the author saw happening and why he believes it was happening in 2011.

As youth movements merged with legions of suddenly unemployed middle-class people on the streets of Greece, while millions living in extreme poverty occupied squares in Egypt and global capitalism protestors occupied parts of London and New York, clearly a time of rapid change is upon us.

Mason was at times on the front line as a journalist covering a street riot, nodding greetings to other journalists with gas masks in between attending debates in rooms full of students who had no hope of getting jobs. I was surprised by how many of the young people he mixed with had been reading social theorists from many countries. If your degree is in social theory, just what job do you expect to get? However having been sold the idea that they should take a loan to pay for several years of studies in order to get a good job, they now find that the banks have collapsed and they still owe the banks money but there are no jobs. Globalism is partly to blame as jobs have been exported to cheaper countries.

So linking up smartly by means of new communications and social sites, the protestors have made their voices heard and in some cases crashed governments. I'm also surprised that Mason never mentions the obvious fore-runner of the mass protest - the flashmob.

Then Mason goes to look at the slum dwellers in those cheaper developing countries. An eight foot square underground room is home to two adults and four children, who have next to nothing but use a computer café down the slum lane. They do the cheap jobs, so the nation's corrupt economy has come to depend on them, insanitary as their living conditions are.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Taylor on 8 Mar 2012
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I only know Mason's work since he became BBC Newsnight's Economics Editor but this book is an excellent addition to his broadcast work. Mason has an ability not only to penetrate and analyse the economic issues that stirred up the recent revolutions, but he has an understanding of politics, sociology and technology. In this relatively short and accessible book, he is able to compare revolutions in previous decades and centuries and highlight the similarities with the Arab Spring and Occupy movements in the West.

Other people have gone into more detail, but I would just add that if you want a good understanding of why it happened, then buy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. David B. Austin on 5 Mar 2013
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A great read and Paul Mason correctly classifies this as journalism, but it is reporting from the front line of major changes occurring across the world. Most interesting in so many ways, I took 2 pages of notes of things to follow up.
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This book is a great way in to the Arabian spring and the riots that was caused by it, told from a ground- level perspective. Most recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Drakou on 25 Mar 2012
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Paul Mason has become well known as the economics editor of Newsnight. In this book he explores the causes and consequences of the great unrest, around the world; from Cairo to Athens, Wall Street and Westminster to Manila. It is a ranging, lively reportage and insightful analysis on economics, history, techology and philosophy. Highly recommended.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By James Denselow on 15 Jan 2012
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Paul Mason's "Why It's All Kicking Off Everywhere" is an equally ambitious attempt to provide a journalistic account of the underpinnings behind the revolutions and protest movements of the past few years. The book is an extended edition of a blog post that went viral and Mason is positive about the role of technology, what he defines as his `technological-determinist approach', particularly `social media's power to present unmediated reality'. Indeed his main argument is that modern technology has allowed `networked individuals' to overcome collective institutions which are unfit for purpose, in essence that `a network can usually defeat a hierarchy'. These networks of organisation led to security services in Tunisia and Egypt being bypassed by protestors.

Mason argues that `we are in the middle of a revolution: something wider than a pure political overthrow and narrower than the classic social revolutions of the twentieth century'. He sees the ingredients for this revolution as a combination of the `radicalized, secular-leaning youth; a repressed workers' movement with considerable social power; uncontrollable social media and the restive urban poor'. Although global in nature there are significant differences in its success, in UK for example there has been a `crisis' of protestors as `students got wrapped up in exams; the trade unions began negotiations over pensions; the small group of activists behind UK Uncut went into a defensive huddle; and the anarchists engaged in mutual recrimination'.

However the book poses more questions than it does answers and can be guilty of trying a bit too hard to be in touch with 21st century living in Mason's half-baked attempt to accredit Twitter users and constant reference to iPods and Lady Gaga.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. J. M. Baines on 4 Mar 2012
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This is an out-standing book, building on a good blog (which impressed me at the time) and one I have recommended to a lot of people since.

It is perhaps most thought-provoking thing I've read in a while

Linking the events of 2008 financial crash, Tahir Square, Los Indignados, London Riots and with well-informed references to 1848, 1789 French Revolution and the pre-war 1900-1913 periods this has historic depth, economic understanding and is astonishingly thought-provoking.

I had wondered why economic crises wasn't leading to a political change, and this addressees that.

It also ties in the role of technology (Twitter has an impact analagous to railways in 1848 revolutions)

Highly recommended
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