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The Wit and Wisdom of Boris Johnson by [Mount, Harry]
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About the Author

Harry Mount is a journalist and author, whose books include How England Made the English, Amo, Amas, Amat and All That and Harry Mount s Odyssey. He was a New York correspondent and a leader-writer at the Daily Telegraph, where he worked with Boris Johnson for five years. He studied ancient and modern history and classics at Magdalen College, Oxford.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 587 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum; 1 edition (6 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D2XPGKQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #275,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I fell for it. A book on Boris. I hoped for sparkle, and got regurgitated quotes, but not until I had ploughed through the intro. Just to be clear, the intro Is nearly half of this very, very, slim volume.
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You've seen, perhaps, those books that look more like books than books. Extra thick pages. Big type. Chunky hard covers. The kind of book you might receive at Christmas and put in the loo. Not-quite books.

Boris Johnson reminds me of this kind of book. He’s a not-quite politician.

When he was appointed shadow Arts Minister in May 2004, his response was: "look the point is...er, what is the point? It is a tough job but somebody has got to do it." Rhetoricians - of which Boris is undoubtedly a very practised example - will recognise that he is cleverly using anacoluthon and erotema - interrupting the syntax of the sentence with a rhetorical question - in order to give a carefully calibrated impression of idiocy.

Boris himself calls this style 'imbecilio'.

"Boris," says Harry Mount, in an introduction that's rather more interesting than the rest of the book, "is in fact a brilliant calibrator." In particular, his "magical gift for surreal, amusing apology" works "like a sort of bulletproof armour." When Eddie Mair called him "a nasty piece of work" earlier this year, Boris drew the venom with relative ease. "If a BBC presenter can't attack a nasty Tory politician," he suggested the next day, "what's the world coming to?"

Clever.

By holding up a mirror to our own prejudices, Johnson implies a level of honesty that actually increases his credibility. He knows that the only politician the public will now believe is a parody of a politician.

Johnson's rhetoric is the fruit of an expensive, classical education. What Eton and Balliol failed, apparently, to instil in our man is any "capacity for long, concentrated periods of work" (Mount's words).
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Well, Harry Mount is an ex Ballingdon club member as is Boris as is David Cameron who's Harry's second cousin.
So it's 'jolly good' revenue for all us great chaps.
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An amusing little read, very light hearted. Not hugely detailed in politics so doesn't get boring if not interested in politics.
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Simply a book of unremitting quotes. I knew before I bought it there would be a fair amount, but didn't realize All of it would be!
Although most of the quotes are amusing, they do get a little repetitious.
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Really rather amusing! Contains some great quotes, although not terribly PC (well, it is Boris after all).
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This book shows another nastier side to Boris the clever buffoon.
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quick service and good value
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