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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; Rev Ed edition (7 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752864939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752864938
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An entertaining and thought-provoking mixture of extraordinary research and satirical analysis. (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH, 31 July)

Devotees of their acclaimed television show will love this new 'dossier' from Bremner, Bird and Fortune. Others should read it, not least because it is very, very funny¿ where this book really packs a punch is in its assembly of hard facts about international affairs and British society. Satire might not be dead, but the world today, it seems, is truly beyond parody. (THE OBSERVER, 7 August)

..paints as accurate a picture as possible of where we are now and how we got here. (Ben Snowden ECOLOGIST, 1 Mar)

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STUPID WHITE MEN - from Britain. Completely updated for paperback, a witty account of our nation today from the ever-popular Bremner, Bird and Fortune

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Forget about Michael Moore, if you live in Britain this is a must read for anyone even mildly interested in current politics and the state of our nation. Their TV special "Between Iraq and a hard place" was one of the best pieces of satire I have ever seen because it reported the facts which were so laughable that they couldn't have been invented. And so goes the book. It is well researched, impartial (all political parties are fair game to them) and filled with subtle humour and irony that Americans so often lack. This book is no joke though, and the facts and information it imparts are often shocking and frightening - and without a hint of extreme conspiracy theories. A brilliant read.
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For me, this is the book of the year. No book has so incisively contrasted all the pre-1997 of the Labour party in opposition with the actions of Tony Blair et al once they got into government.
Every politician should read this book. Everyone thinking of forming a new party, or thinking of standing for the most minor committee post on a parish council, should read this book. You think you can solve the world's problems? Read this. It's essential to compare the idealism you can display when you have no responsibilities with the pragmatism needed once you think you are responsible for everything.
The irony is that Bremner, Bird and Fortune are writing from a left-of-centre perspective. They are no friends of the Tory Party whatsoever. But the Tories and the Liberal Democrats should certainly read this in their preparation of their election campaign materials.
Apart from one very short chapter, the authors offer no solution to the problems they so ably point out. They are even more effective in pointing out the inconsistences between what people say and what they do, or what they say one year and then say the next year. As you might expect of a political book published in 2004, it majors on Iraq.
With luck, when future historians try to assess the Blair governments, they will use this book as one of their prime sources.
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This is a great book of satire and one should note that John Bird and John Fortune clearly contributed large chunks. If you are a fan of their cameo dialogues in some of Rory Bremners shows, or watched the Long John's TV series, you will love this.

It contains a number of very well researched articles, jokes, commentaries and mock conversations on topics of the day, generally exposing humbug, contradiction and incompetency in public office. The observation and wit is razor sharp and the nearest thing I can think of would be a massive volume of Private Eye, with more indepth artciles and generally more funny (sorry Ian H). Very cleverly done. Perhaps tis is not surpirsing as John Bird and John Fortune were there at the start of the UK satire revolution in the early sixties (along with Peter Cook).

"The Long Johns" scripts are also available incidently and are also hillarious and in much the same vain as some of the content of this book.

It is by my bedside and provides many a late night giggle.
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Any fan of Bremner, Bird and Fortune on channel 4 or any other form of politcal satire for that matter will love this book. As funny as the writers are on tv, you cannot help hearing the three of them reciting the passage of the book that you are currently reading as you laugh and sometimes fume at the state of government.
Like the cover says it is not so much a book but a dossier, with a wide collection of cartoons, documents and other bits and pieces which are mostly intresting and great to read.
This book is not suitable for anyone who likes politicians, who is proud of government and the state of the country... and wishes to keep it that way. You'll never see politics in the same light again.
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