The bestselling author of THE ENGLISH stirs it up again with a fascinating look at why governments fail to live up to our expectations.
Despite its flaws, democracy is the least bad form of government we can imagine. It always starts so promisingly - the exhilaration of that moment in the tatty old polling booth as you make your 'X'. Yet it ends in disillusionment. Even the most apparently popular government will eventually fall. What is it about the business of politics which turns hope,vision and ambition to despair? Jeremy Paxman finds out.
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What does it take to become a truly 'political animal' - and why would anyone strive to become one, given the low opinion which we have, sooner or later, of almost all politicians? Paxman is not known for lacking cynicism concerning the ways and motives of the contemporary breed - but in this overview he presents what is billed as a 'witty, unsparing, but essentially sympathetic portrait of modern politicians and the strange world they inhabit'. The text is under wraps because of serialisation - but this promises to be a highly readable and lively take on those currently and recently purveying our brand of democracy, or the 'least bad form of government'.About the Author:
Jeremy Paxman is a journalist, best known for his work presenting Newsnight and University Challenge. His books include FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES and THE ENGLISH. He lives in Oxfordshire.
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Book Description Penguin, 2002. Pictorial Cover. Book Condition: As New. Bookseller Inventory # 005091