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on 6 June 1999
Compulsive reading. This book is a must for anyone with a conscience. An insight into the workings of out country and the hypocrisy hidden at the heart of Blair's Britain.
Cohen is an incisive and witty writer and his prose is a pleasure to read. What's more, you will learn a lot about Cruel Brittania and many myths about the government are exploded (to use a cliché).
Discover the truth about Blair's government who admits on the book's cover quote "If I listened to Nick Cohen I would never win an election".
Even of you have been an avid reader of Cohen's jounrlaism, these collected articles (which have been updated and tweaked) demand to be re-read.
When it comes with the recommendation of one of the few writers to rival Cohen; (or more accurately ally with him) Francis Wheen then you are guaranteed good stuff. What more can I say. Buy this book.
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on 15 April 2001
Nick Cohen's book is a captivating read from start to end. Although dealing with serious subjects, corruption, lies, hypocrisy and the dismantling of democracy Nick Cohen's prose sparkles so much that it is impossible to put down until you reach the end (and then you want to read it again!)
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on 24 September 1999
For a writer who accuses others of populism Cohen is very willing to resort to it himself. I found the book to be well written and amusing. Some of the points made are even stimulating. However the obvious political bias of the book is disappointing. You too often feel that Cohen is playing devil's advocate for the sake of it. How many stars? Well it depends what you're after. If you want a coherent, well reason and independent assessment of modern Britain then give this no stars & look elsewhere to more serious writers. If you're a Conservative or non-Blairite socialist looking for a collection of lightweigh dinner party quips then this is ideal and worthy of 5 stars.
I'll compromise & give it 3
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