How They Broke Britain (Hardback)
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How They Broke Britain (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages
Published: 02/11/2023
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Across ten acerbic and angry chapters, the popular talk show host and author of former Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month How to Be Right takes the politicians, advisers and media moguls responsible for Britain's current crisis to task.

THE REVEALING, DEFINING ACCOUNT OF THE DARK NETWORK THAT BROKE OUR COUNTRY.
'An exceptional broadcaster' - Guardian | 'Consistently, forensically, brilliant' - Emily Maitlis

Something has gone really wrong in Britain.

Our economy has tanked, our freedoms are shrinking, and social divisions are growing. Our politicians seem most interested in their own careers, and much of the media only make things worse. We are living in a country almost unrecognisable from the one that existed a decade ago. But whose fault is it really? Who broke Britain and how did they do it?

Bold and incisive as ever, James O'Brien reveals the shady network of influence that has created a broken Britain of strikes, shortages and scandals. He maps the web connecting dark think tanks to Downing Street, the journalists involved in selling it to the public and the media bosses pushing their own agendas. Over ten chapters, each focusing on a particular person complicit in the downfall, James O'Brien reveals how a select few have conspired - sometimes by incompetence, sometimes by design - to bring Britain to its knees.

Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9780753560341
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

How They Broke Britain made me so angry I had to stop listening to it while driving. Superb work - The Secret Barrister

A damning account of how the country ended up in the current mess . . . O’Brien’s scathing voice provides a thorough record of the self-serving actions and pronouncements of those who have held power in Britain - Tim Jonze, Guardian

The most important political book of the year and a fascinating must-read for anyone who cares about Britain. Eye-opening, jaw-dropping, heart-breaking - Carol Vorderman

O'Brien is a punchy and compelling writer. The book is fluent, engaging and thoroughly researched . . . O'Brien eviscerates all of his targets - Times Literary Supplement

A compelling, thought-provoking and illuminating read. O’Brien doesn’t hold any punches . . . It is a book that will make you gasp in shock, shake your head in bewilderment and wonder how any of this was allowed to take place in 21st-century Britain - Herald

[A] brilliant exposé of those who deliberately turned a once admired country into an economically poorer, lamentable parody of its former self: the Brexiteer neoliberal right, their Tory MPs, journalists and think tanks who inflicted such massive self-harm - Peter Hain

O'Brien's new book confirms that not only are our politicians and their backers as corrupt and incompetent as you suspected they were, it's actually worse than that. And it's packed full of facts about Brexit, Think Tanks and Tory sleaze that will help you win argument after argument with your irritating relatives - Stewart Lee

Excoriating - Jon Sopel

It’s essential. It should make you angry. Fuming - Adam Rutherford

Intelligent, forensic, devastating and shocking – How They broke Britain is as terrifying as it is brilliant - Peter Stefanovic

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“What did we expect?”

A damning indictment of the British media/politics revolving-door and the contemptibility of its inhabitants, interwoven with tasteful satire which offers much-needed comic relief in an otherwise bleak assessment of... More

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“Thought-provoking, well-constructed must-read”

Renowned broadcaster, James O'Brien, turns his sharp skills to examining how ten people shaped today's Britain. Each chapter is headed with a name - some well-known, some not. They include media moguls,... More

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“James O'Brien delivers a furious expose of some of the key individuals he believes have broken Britain.”

The accused range from former prime ministers and their advisors to hard right-wing politicians and complicit journalists, whom he accuses of allowing lies and criminality to not simply go unchallenged, but even to be... More

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