Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms, and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City.
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"This is the most important book on the real politics of the UK in my lifetime... You will be enlightened and angry." (Irvine Welsh)
"[A] fine writer, and this is a truly necessary book." (Phillip Pullman)
The best book I have read on who really runs Britain. I am a middle aged, white bloke with a good job and steady income but this book inspired the revolutionary in me. The realisation of so much unnecessary injustice across the UK made me both angry and now a enthusiastic campaigner for change! Having just read Russell Brand's latest (but enjoyable) book, I decided to investigate his position further by buying this audiobook. The thinking behind this work is much better expressed and it is clear that the whole book is based on a huge amount of research and interviews with leading figures across society.
Owen Jones' main premise is that a number of institutions, such as politicians, the media, police and big business collude to give the impression of a democracy whilst actually serving their own interests. The results are huge injustices and levels of ignorance and almost disenfranchisement of much of the population.
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in politics or society or anyone just wanting to understand the reality behind what the politicians say or what the papers print.
I hope that, like me, you come away with a realisation that our society is unfair but that it doesn't have to be that way. Their power comes from our obedience.
I have not listened to any previous performances. The narration is very good although the use of accents employed during the quotes was not really necessary. That said, having tried to read the book originally in print form (and giving up after the first couple of chapters because I am not a very good reader) the narrator really brings the text to life and adds a new dimension to the text.
The book is split into separate chapters describing each of the protagonists before coming to a final conclusion on how to tackle this establishment.
An excellent overview of the current "democratic" system and its entrenchment of power and wealth. Highly recommend for those with an open mind.
The book provides an insight into the outrageous policies of the government and previous governments and their clandestine links with powerful moguls, the media and lobbying groups and the resulting domination of thought by the establishment, leading to more and more excess and greed while others struggle to live. The UK needs a new political party, this can't go on.
I thought I would listen to an hour or so here and there but I have been absolutely riveted by the way Owen puts across this frightening view on our society. The writing style really draws you in and I have found myself glued to it when I should have been doing other things.
A must for anybody wishing to understand why the UK works the way it so obviously does.
loved the book. it resonates with millions of Britons. stand up and be counted.
A superb narration of Owen Jones defining account of how todays establishment exist and who they represent, and how they came to represent them.
The conclusions and how they would and could change the world in comparison to the "there is no alternative" of todays elite is profoundly riveting.
This book is a shocking look at how the powerful run our country and how our democracy is threatened. If everyone in the UK were to stop what they are doing now and read this, it would make change the result of the general election. The most frightening thing is the realization of the power newspaper owners have to dictate policy and how politicians kowtow to them.
Excellent voice and very good at saying quotes in a different voice that approximates who is being quoted.
Should be made into a documentary ... tagline "The Establishment... the threat to our democracy"
Performance good but not amazing. The book though is stunning in scope and content, a very worthwhile listen. Good he has interviewed so many people for it.
"Frightening on many levels"
Well written and presented terrifying to think how much of this is real and how it can keep happening, everyone not just in the Uk needs to know about this
"Amazing, a great eye opener"
This book is amazing, a great cross section in how the British (and some other countries) governments work.
The history, their views, and to be honest it's horrifying!
Very well written, and very well performed, all in all a great experience! Would defiantly recommend to everyone.
"Truth is Stranger than Fiction"
With every word uttered you will be enthralled, amazed, and disgusted. The abiding sentiment though is one of "how do we let this happen?"
Then you see how very distracted we are in what we call our daily lives.
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