The Dark Knight and the Puppet Master (Paperback)
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The Dark Knight and the Puppet Master (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 05/11/2020
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'Richly nuanced, the most stimulating book I have read on Labour in ages' Martin Kettle, Guardian

'A brilliant book ... a reading of left-wing politics that suggests a road ahead' Independent


'The best book written about the Labour Party in recent years ... a must read for those of us wanting the Labour Party to become once again a Party of Government' Douglas Alexander

A 'dark knight' conflict between good and evil; control by elite puppet masters; nostalgia for a golden age: these are the core myths of populism. And these narratives, argues Chris Clarke, have seduced the Left in Britain, causing bitter division and electoral disaster. Only by breaking this narrative spell and moving towards pluralism can Labour hope to fix itself - and to one day hold power again.

Previously published by Rowman & Littlefield and Policy Network under the title Warring Fictions

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141994352
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 258 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Richly nuanced, the most stimulating book I have read on Labour in ages. -- Martin Kettle * The Guardian *
A brilliant book ... a reading of left-wing politics that suggests a road ahead. -- John Rentoul * Independent *
Wide-ranging, clever and original, it's a vital read for anyone interested in not just left populism, but any sort of populism at all. -- Andrew Sparrow * The Guardian *
The best book written about the Labour Party in recent years ... a must read for those of us wanting the Labour Party to become once again a Party of Government. -- Douglas Alexander, former Minister of State for Trade
Chris Clarke's thought-provoking examination of the populist issues that have bedevilled the modern left is a bracing corrective to complacency. This dismantling of myths and memes alike, along with dispelling the belief that the left has any kind of monopoly on morality, is an essential read and a reminder that Keir Starmer has quite a job on his hands. -- Alexander Larman * The Observer *

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