Customer Reviews


22 Reviews
5 star:
 (8)
4 star:
 (8)
3 star:
 (5)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and interesting
I have read a number of books from the Very Short Introduction series and have been a bit disappointed - they tend to start nice and slow and then go into a level of detail beyond what is needed for a "very short introduction".

Written by a former MP, this book describes British politics and some of its nuances. It is interesting, thought provoking, easy to...
Published 11 months ago by Darren Simons

versus
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
The score here is perhaps a little harsh, as this is a good book, but there is a reason for it. For those that have read the 'Short Introduction To' series of books, you will know that these books are normally quite objective, and provide a good source of information for those who wish to learn about a subject, or are students of it.
Not so with this book. It makes...
Published on 17 Feb 2004 by Ned Lowe


‹ Previous | 1 2 3 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best sources to get up to speed quickly on current British Politics, 4 July 2013
By 
M. Bhangal "S" (Somewhere in Northern England) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Along with the `Teach Yourself' series, the `Very short introduction' books are the go-to series when you want to learn anything in a hurry. Politics is one of the few subjects where it is not a good idea to research via the web, as many of the online sources are either inaccurate or biased (medicine is the other big no-no to look up on the web, for similar reasons).

Tony Wright is not just your average rent-a-series-writer: he's actually been in party politics, has written a number of other political books, and is currently out of politics and working within academia. Sounds like one of the best people to lead you though the subject!

Given that the author is a labour MP, one thing I was watching out for was bias, and am glad to report that this is not an issue.

One of the biggest advantages of this book is that it was published this year, so is bang up to date with recent reforms and the changes in politics caused by the banking crisis. As the author was active in politics during the Blair years, New labour is also well covered.

With regard to the British Constitution and political history, the author clearly has a love and interest for this subject, something that comes though in the writing.

Given its subject matter, the book has significantly more illustrations than I expected. A small point perhaps, but one that makes the book much more enjoyable.

Overall, a current, thoughtful, knowledgeable and very readable account.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for some., 23 Feb 2011
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I am currently studying Politics at A level. I found this book ideal for re-emphasising certain topics, in particular challenges to parliamentary sovereignty, in a clear and concise manner. I would therefore recommend this book to any Politics student.

The book is also small so one can take it anywhere and being just over 100 pages, I was able to read it on a two hour flight.

However, I found that the book was only clear and concise as I already had basic political knowledge. Those who have no background knowledge whatsoever may therefore struggle.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


‹ Previous | 1 2 3 | Next ›
Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Only search this product's reviews