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Vote for... Who? Hardcover – 7 Jan 2005

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Product details

  • 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: 34,895 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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The person whose review complained that this book doesn't go into enough detail has missed the point. This isn't supposed to be an in-depth textbook analysis of British politics. It's designed to be an easily readable account of what politics is about and, crucially, how (in spite of a lot of public cynicism about politics and politicians) politics is important because it affects all our lives.
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.
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Jonathan Maitland is a supreme jack of all trades. From television and radio to newspapers and books - this man should be praised and bottled up for all to consume!
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!
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I really enjoyed this. Not particularly satirical, although there is a point near the beginning when it almost feels like he's going to try and do a Michael Moore when he's swapping e-mails with some council finance officer or other, and not wedded to any political point of view other than a sense of fair play. Maitland will take a swipe at anyone along the way, but it has the good-natured feel of a cuff from Geoffrey Howe. I actually felt like I learned quite a lot as I whizzed through, particularly, funnily enough, in the section about other countries' political systems, such as Morocco. A book you can come back to, just to quickly bone up on an aspect of the political scene. Well worth a look.
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Format: Hardcover
Very enjoyable portrait of the British political system. I found this to be a lot of fun whilst at the same time, I found myself mouthing the words "Yes, why is that?" to some of the everyday questions about politics that perhaps I was previously too afraid or embarressed to ask at the risk of appearing stupid!
Want to find out about politics, but don't know where to start? Don't look any further......buy it!
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I was quite amused by the first chapter of this book, but after that it went down hill. It's a pity because the author writes quite well. The problem lies with his lack of familiarity with politics: various mistakes and lack of analytical depth. Just too superficial. A great shame!
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This book tells you all about how politics works without getting bogged down in detail. It is really informative but the best thing is, it's FUNNY Every other page there's something to make you chuckle. Knowing this helps keeps you turning. Brilliant for people who want a good sketch of politics, with both up to date and historical examples, but who also like a juicy and funny read.
So, great for teenagers and also for grown ups who feel they are a bit in the dark.
I never thought I'd find a book on politics and find it difficult to put down. So well done Mr. Maitland and thankyou. You're really clever. I've been educated and amused.
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