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Dangerous Hero

Corbyn’s Ruthless Plot for Power
By: Tom Bower
Narrated by: Peter Noble
Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (82 ratings)

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Summary

A gripping expose of the man, his politics and what Corbyn in Downing Street could mean for Britain.

After four unremarkable decades in politics, Jeremy Corbyn stands on the brink of power. Until his surprise election as leader of the Labour Party in 2015, this seemingly unelectable oddball had not been a major political player. Since then, Corbyn has survived coup attempts and accusations of incompetence that would have felled most politicians, including grave charges of anti-Semitism, bullying and not being the master of his brief. Despite these shortcomings, as the Conservatives rip themselves apart over Europe, he is likely soon to become Britain's Prime Minister.

Yet this hero of the far left has done his best to conceal much of his past and personal life from public scrutiny. In this audiobook, best-selling investigative biographer Tom Bower reveals hidden truths about Corbyn's character, the causes and organisations he espouses and Britain's likely fate under the Marxist-Trotskyist society he has championed since the early 1970s.

Based on eyewitness accounts from those who have known Corbyn throughout his life, the audiobook asks whether a Labour government led by Corbyn would transform the country for the better. Has capitalism, as he argues, run its course, and would our lives be improved by socialism? If so, what is Corbyn's brand of socialism? The same as that experienced under successive Labour governments since 1945 or something more extreme? Will his advocacy of more debt, tax hikes and renationalisation reproduce the fate of Venezuela as championed by his own hero Hugo Chávez? Is he a reformer or a revolutionary? Will he deliver a glowing new era or catastrophe?

His supporters damn every opponent and critic, calling them 'traitors' or worse. Does this aggression, and the accusations that paint Corbyn as an entrenched anti-Semite and misogynist, override his image as an authentic 'good bloke'?

Many are excited by the prospect of Corbyn’s arrival in Downing Street. Others believe that Corbyn as Prime Minister will prove to be a dangerous hero.

©2019 Tom Bower (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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"The book every voter must read." (Mail on Sunday)

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So bad, it's almost good

Hard to review this as I really enjoyed all the bad things about it. The bit where Cat Stevens somehow becomes a Labour MP or where the author hints Corbyn tried to get Iran to nuke Israel are good. As is the part where Bower suggests that Corbyn is a liar who didnt have a beard in his younger years and that he'd seen one photo which proved it.
The best part is Peter Noble's narration - he conveys completely the terror Bower clearly feels about a potential prime ministership of a milquetoast social democrat. He sounds nearly in tears that Corbyn wouldnt bomb Iraq or was sgainst tuition fees. An amazing book really for all the wrong reasons.

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Interesting, but biased

Interesting book with research from people who knew Corbyn, but ruined by comments about Russian funding of groups without any sources referenced. Is this explained in the hard copy book?

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a 'must' for all UK voters

well written, read and researched. A great choice for any UK voter or person interested in learning about contemporary politics.

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A MUST read. Be enlightened if you dare.

A shocking revelatory work about Jeremy Corbyn and his huge amount of downfalls. He reveals how Corbyns brain seems to be made from concrete in its total inability to be changed by anyone or anything resulting in disastrous relationships with his wives and most people and a divided nation.

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Every Uk voter should listen to this book

Irrespective of which political party people support, in order to make an informed decision how to vote at the next general election, they really should listen to this book. It is well researched, very well written and highly informative.

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The most frightning book that I have ever read

Listening to this book it almost beggers belief that people are taken in and support this man whose stated aim is to destroy our country and to turn it into a Marxist, totalitarian state. Every one of the awful revalations that I thought couldn't be true, turned out to be absolutely true when I researched them. Read/listen to this book, look up each fact that his supporters would have you belief are fabrications of the right wing press and you will find that they are true. God help our country if Corbyn and his Marxist, Communist cronies ever get into power

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Terrifying but Believable

I have a long-term interest in extreme politics and the people who promote such ideas. As such I have read a lot of biographies about Communists, Anarchists, and Fascists. With this background in mind, I think that Tom Bower has offered an accurate image of Jeremy Corbyn. Sadly, though, that just makes this book deeply frightening.

Corbyn's life, as reconstructed by Bower, follows a typical extreme-left trajectory. An ideologically insulated upbringing leading to his being fundamentally out of touch with normal life; a zealous 'ends justify the means' attitude to all things; and a general ruthlessness and dishonesty about 'inconvenient' facts. Where Corbyn differs is that he is not an intellectual, at all. He is a Marxist grunt who is surrounded by more politically savvy people and was thrust into prominence by fate. In reality he is basically an unimpressive person. This mystique he has built around himself since being elected leader is all smoke and mirrors.

His supporters are attempting to review-bomb this book or to defend him with the 'but socialism is good so Corbyn is good' argument. The fact is, though, that this book offers an image of Corbyn that can't just be ignored or shouted down. Read it, even though it will keep many people up at night with 'what if' scenarios running through their heads.

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Must-Read

This is a fascinating view of a Trotskyist Marxist seeking, together with his accomplices, to take over Labour, form a Government and fulfil his ideology of turning the UK into a communist state with free enterprise and property nationalised without compensation and an equality of poverty.

In 15 hours and 36 minutes almost every paragraph describes dubious activities since his earliest days.

It’s a frightening exploration of Corbyn's revolutionary plans.

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An Importantant Book

This is an authoritative account of probably the most misunderstood present-day British politician. It examines and condemns Corbyn’s career and assassinates his character very effectively and it makes you realise how important it is that he never gets into power.

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A must read for the politically engaged

It doesn't matter which side of the political divide you stand, this book will still strike you as an eye opening read.

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