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The Default Line: The Inside Story of People, Banks and Entire Nations on the Edge
The Default Line: The Inside Story of People, Banks and Entire Nations on the Edge
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last. A clear explanation of the crisis by someone who witnessed it from the inside, 18 Sept. 2013
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An outstanding account of the 2007/8 financial crash written in a way that neither patronises nor assumes we know it all already. Some disturbing and, on occasion, delightful insights into the motivations and shortcomings of bankers, bureaucrats and politicians. Faisal Islam has reestablished the honourable trade of investigative journalism. Can't wait for an update in 2016


The Triumph of the Political Class
The Triumph of the Political Class
by Peter Oborne
Edition: Paperback

5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars remain sane. don't read it, 24 Mar. 2013
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I was attracted to Peter Oborne's little polemic as a result of the glowing reviews that litter the front cover and inside pages. I should really take more care. This book represents all that is wrong with the British commentariat - poorly researched, heavily biased and opinionated beyond parody. Now, there's nothing wrong with opinions just as long as the author doesn't then pass them off as some sort of received wisdom and truth. The triumph of the political class is a subject that deserves serious examination and debate but this book adds nothing and, dangerously, detracts from the seriousness of the subject. A catalogue of half baked anecdotes and misdirected accusations does nothing to enhance political life and speaks volumes about those who report politics, such as Oborne. On the front cover, Tribune is quoted as saying that this is "Easily the most entertaining book of the year". I now understand the irony - entertaining, maybe; informative, factual or important - never.


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