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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lively read that explains the anti-EU case but leaves questions about the man outstanding
Events and the political calendar are likely to keep UKIP as one of the most prominent 'other' political parties in the UK over the next few years, making this newly revised and expanded autobiography of its most high-profile and flamboyant personality, Nigel Farage, timely not only for the party's own fans but for anyone else interested in British politics.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new in here
If you follow UK politics you will not find anything you don't already know in here. Farage is a personable chap as we well know from the telly, but his ego does not permit of much deep reflection if this is anything to go by. Calms down a bit and gets a touch more reflective after his plane crash, but that doesn't last long. Good for political junkies, but you've already...
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lively read that explains the anti-EU case but leaves questions about the man outstanding, 1 Jan 2012
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Events and the political calendar are likely to keep UKIP as one of the most prominent 'other' political parties in the UK over the next few years, making this newly revised and expanded autobiography of its most high-profile and flamboyant personality, Nigel Farage, timely not only for the party's own fans but for anyone else interested in British politics.

It is a well-written, lively book, full of the sort of pugnacious language that has helped give Farage his popularity. It is also rather kinder to some of his opponents that you might expect if you had only come across Farage through his headline grabbing strings of insults aimed at others, though when it comes to the EU and its main functionaries he doesn't hold back. He even has some kind words to say for the man who threatened to kill him - and rightly so given the person's mental health had fallen apart.

Nigel Farage writes much about his own personal failings - the drunkenness, failed marriage and more - in a way that mixes skilfully killing future criticism by being frank with a strong view that if you believe in freedom the important thing is that people take responsibility for their own actions rather than that you try to ban people from making mistakes.

Despite being such a good read, at the end of it I was not that much clearer about what really motivates Nigel Farage than at the start. A libertarian streak certainly does come out. That explains some of his politics, much of which however seems to be heavily motivated by a love of being the gadfly, the person with the alternative views poking fun at the establishment and having fun in being different. At one point when describing what made him into a UKIP activist, his first adjective is "bloody-mindedness" rather than a directly political motivation.

In his time and place that all meant being a Eurosceptic, but in another time and place would he have simply picked a different target or would he still have had the same prime political beliefs?

The book necessarily recounts a good number of the many problems UKIP has had with some of its key personalities - the failed leaders, the prima donas, the people who broke rules and so on. Farage, to his credit, even includes the fiasco in the dog days of Michael Holmes's UKIP leadership when one morning first the party secretary changed the locks on party HQ to secure its records and then Farage himself ordered the doors broken down, the locks changed again and the files moved elsewhere so that he could secure the records.

Nearly every time Farage disarmingly wonders if he could have done or should have acted sooner, which works as a reaction in each isolated case but does not shed any light on the overall pattern. Why has UKIP had so many problems with people who got approved as candidates or even voted in as leader? The loss rate amongst its elected MEPs is very high. Given that Farage loves knocking in the book other parties with much tighter procedures for their controls and checks, it does leave you wondering if this is one case where rather than criticising others, Farage would be better advised to look at what can be learnt from them.

Even with those caveats, the book is well worth reading, particularly as it presents a very popular and aggressive version of the anti-European case. Those who agree with it will love the rhetoric and those who don't can learn much from its presentation.
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47 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A different view for a different Europe, 23 Jan 2012
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A really nice autobiography of UKIP's leader Nigel Farage. As usual Farage is funny, smart and logical. Maybe in the future he'll be a first star in the UK politics...maybe not... In my opinion he's the only one tuned with people's view.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 18 Jun 2013
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Farage is a genius, soon to be the Right Honourable.
Great read, hilarious at times, highly recommended to any skeptics!
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5.0 out of 5 stars bob10042, 21 Oct 2012
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Nigel keep up the good work, love the utube you have great potential, great book, man of many talents keep it up!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential (and entertaining) read, 15 July 2012
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Great book that addresses the dangers the European Union poses to our (UK) way of life. Easy to read and very amusing in parts. Start with the epilogue (the last chapter). Truly essential reading if you love the UK.

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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read, 16 Feb 2013
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Nigel Farage is undoubtedly a like or loathe type of character. The brief time he gets on television - usually on some BBC politics show where the broadcaster delights in promoting its pro-federalist agenda - fails to afford him much more than sound bites.

I attended a speech he gave in Newcastle recently where he spoke eloquently and humorously for an hour and a half with no notes. That speech, and this book, provides a much greater insight not only to the man but also his cause; anyone who believes in democracy and the right of the people to decide for themselves will be horrified by the accounts of fraud, bullying and deceit perpetuated by the unelected, unaccountable EU.

Funny and shocking, a compelling read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Read!, 10 Jun 2014
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Absolutely brilliant! This book should be compulsory reading for all who wants to learn the true story of the UKIP and the EU without the media twisting and turning the facts to its advantage and on the expense of the people themselves. Well done, Mr. Farage!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 8 Jun 2014
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I am writing this book on behalf of my father whom I purchased it for not knowing whether or not he would read it.
He could not put this book down and it is now in the process of being passed around the family for everyone else to read.
It gives a great insight into Nigel Farage, his unconventional professional background, his sufferings and his ideas. It explains the 'making of the man'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration, 17 Nov 2013
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I have always liked Nigel Farage, and after reading this eye opener I like him and his party even more.'Count me in Nigel'..
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true leader of Inspiration, 7 July 2013
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Whether you follow UKIP or not, this book is a factual account of a man with ambition, a sense of humour and great courage. It is a good read.
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