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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along

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By: Iain Dale
Narrated by: Iain Dale
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
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Why Can't We All Just Get Along is part-memoir, part-polemic about the state of public discourse in Britain and the world today.

In an increasingly divided society, Iain examines why we've all become so disrespectful and intolerant. Using experiences from his career in politics and the media, he says it doesn't have to be this way and suggests how we can all emerge from tribalism and division and become more respectful to each other and those who govern us. 

It is a book that is optimistic about the fundamental decencies embedded in human nature and uses deeply personal anecdotes to explain why we can look forward in a positive way to a better life both in personal and material terms.

©2020 Iain Dale (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"There are very few commentators and broadcasters with an instinctive feel for real politics who feel the passions, and who understand the flaws and the strengths of the players from the inside, with proper empathy. Iain Dale does, which makes him endlessly listenable-to and peerless. For many political-addicts, he is their warm but watchful friend." (Andrew Marr)

"Iain Dale is that rare beast a forensic and mischievous interviewer with a deep sense of humanity and kindness beneath the brilliant probing. His interviews yield light as well as heat - and he has a genuine ability to step away from his own zone - to see things from a much needed, alternative perspective." (Emily Maitlis)

"Smart, funny, and always on it, he makes me feel happier and cleverer every time I hear him speak. Watch Iain Dale open the kimono - can I rephrase that?" (Jeremy Vine)

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So why can’t we?? I have

This book was a confirmation of everything I have thought and done since forever. I thought I wouldn’t like it. But I have. I’m a Remainer. And a labour supporter but I have come away sharing the author’s political philosophy but I have disagreed with him. The current times I hope change people and the way we treat others. A book well listened to. Would recommend this to everyone who wants to hear the other side with a little bit of respect.

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A BookThat Makes You Think!

I found Iain’s narration really great. His voice is so pleasant and makes listening pleasureable. The book was also well written and full of good common sense about how public discourse has deteriorated recently . It is a much needed subject and sets out plainly what has gone wrong. I would like to see this book distributed in A level classes and among university students to help young people to understand that we can disagree without becoming abusive. I can thoroughly recommend this book. This is the first time i have felt i should review any Audible book and i can thoroughly recommend it to all listeners!

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Absolutely loved it.

Just like his LBC colleagues, Iain has a certain knack for drawing people in and keeping you constantly engaged from start to finish. This book can definitely provide food for thought to listeners on how public discourse has shifted and how peoole can try to change attitudes to promote healthy discussions and debates without resorting to insults.

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I got along.

I listen to Ian on LBC at every opportunity. I also listen to his for the many podcast, so it was inevitable that I would listen to his book. I loved it.

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It's important to be nice

I have seen Iain Dale on GMB and have probably been affected by the subliminal affect of seeing this book displayed in the background while he was on TV. I did not know much about him until now but have found out that he is also a host on a phone in show on an Independent Local Radio show, went to the University of East Anglia and stood for parliament as a Conservative candidate for North Norfolk. It all sounds a bit "Alan Partridge" so far but it seems Iain Dale is a bit more subtle than that. His modus operandi is to get people to under-estimate him, wanting people to get on and not argue but becomes offended very quickly if there is something he does not agree with. We hear a lot in this book about what Iain Dale is not. He states he is not an academic, not an economist, does not claim to be a journalist and has had no training as a broadcaster and this makes him seem like quite a reasonable chap. There is, however, an unpleasant undertone to his apparently personable nature; including being accused in the past of being trans phobic his defence being "free speech" and those offended should "grow up", has no time for people from the left of the political spectrum, defends Boris Johnson's use of racist language in his Telegraph columns and favours Margaret Thatcher over Grate Thunberg when it comes to climate change. Iain Dale states that he often feels like he is suffering from "imposter syndrome" in his job. Having listened to this book, I believe he is actually more clever than he makes out. And not nearly as nice.

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Though provoking

Big fan of Ian Dale’s media and his book and narrating of his book is fantastic. His chapter on the NHS is very thought provoking and the final chapters heartbreaking.

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Phenomenal- thoroughly enjoyed it!

I bought this book on audible after following Iain Dale on twitter for quite a while because I think he has a lot of sensible opinions, plus he harps on about it quite a lot. I'm very glad I did! It ticks so many boxes for me. He tackles several divisive topics in a very balanced way, giving a platform for subjects that often get shyed away from in any meaningful way due to the (in my view) the incompetence of so many political journalists and by politicians because the issues at hand are too contentious and they want to play the field and be popular. He draws on many of his own experiences and enables the reader to learn so much more about his life. The discussions are very easy to follow and I found it hard to disagree with much of what Iain put forward. I think a book like this really does well if I'm going away inspired to read around the subjects that he speaks on. His narration was fantastic. A couple of times I found I laughed out loud with him but also nearly welled up when his voice breaks. (this isn't a mopey book, don't be put off by that). All in all, as you could assume from the above I highly recommend this read. I think I'm probably going to get myself a signed copy from his website as well... Iain Dale has gained a listener for his radio show in me!

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Superb

Thank you for creating this genuinely agreeable analysis of society. Spot on :). I look forward to your next work.

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Recommended.

Thoroughly enjoyed....... in two sittings! Well structured & thoughtful. Will look forward to the next one! 😍

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Easy listening common sense

Not what I was fully expecting, it was much more widespread in its scope. Well narrated and from the heart as you can hear the emotions breaking through at times. Required listening for anyone who offers an opinion on social media.