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Democracy for Sale is the story of how money, vested interests and digital skulduggery are eroding trust in democracy - and a powerful account of what must be done about it.

Democracy is in crisis. Politicians lie gleefully, making wild claims that can be shared instantly with millions of people on social media. Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Jair Bolsonaro and populists in many other countries are the beneficiaries. Democracy for Sale is a diligent, brilliant guide through a shadowy world of dark money and digital disinformation stretching from Westminster to Washington and far beyond. Peter Geoghegan shows how antiquated electoral laws are broken with impunity, how secretive lobbying bends our politics out of shape, and how Silicon Valley tech giants have colluded in selling out democracy. He investigates politicians, fabulously well-funded partisan think tanks, propagandists who know how to game a rigged system, and the campaigners and regulators valiantly trying to stop them.

©2020 Peter Geoghegan (P)2020 Head of Zeus

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“Thorough, gripping and vitally important.” (Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland)

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Great listen,, well narrated., give it a try

Brilliantly researched, great narration by Peter, kept my attention throughout. I do hope more take note of this book and the subject matter, its not about left or right.. It's about democracy

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Shows what is going on behind closed doors

It really digs deep to those who really control what and whom. Very thought provoking