'Fantastic, timely, eye-opening' Armando Iannucci, New Statesman, Books of the Year
'Captures a collective sense of anger and awakening' Matt Haig, Observer, Books of the Year
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. Exposing the revolving doors that link these worlds, and the vested interests that bind them together, Jones shows how, in claiming to work on our behalf, the people at the top are doing precisely the opposite. In fact, they represent the biggest threat to our democracy today - and it is time they were challenged.
'A book of revelations ... The Establishment have stitched it up - stitched you up - and they know it' Danny Dorling, Times Higher Education Supplement
'A dissection of the profoundly and sickeningly corrupt state that is present-day Britain. He is a fine writer, and this is a truly necessary book' Philip Pullman
'Owen Jones is a phenomenon of our times' David Kynaston, The Times Literary Supplement
'You will be enlightened and angry' Irvine Welsh
Guarding against Men in Bowler Hats
Whilst the news has been full of people in berets, beanies, burkas and baseball caps, many have forgotten the bowler hat. Nobody is sure why bowler hats came to be associated with evil characters. Bumbling pinstriped men reading the financial times and carrying an umbrella (mainly in London), perhaps saying ‘good morning’ are bravely investigated here by Owen Jones. A bowler is actually a fairly functional helmet and wearing one in a fight is a definite advantage, but Owen doesn’t back down as he enters no-go zones and hunts for clues.
Penetrating and eye opening
When researching this book I was amused to see the telegraph's review and how damning it was in comparison to other opinions, as if it was written in validation of Jones' narrative. Yes it has its flaws and areas it does not engage with, but to attack these is to entirely miss the point. This work is designed to cut through the fog and explain how the current system of capital and governance operates in lay terms, to point to the individuals who have manifestly betrayed (and duped) the British public. There is a huge amount of value in this work and I would recommend it highly.
My only comment would be, it is in need of a post brexit update. (Perhaps one already exists?)
An inspiring read and a ruthless exposė. Owen Jones is a beacon of hope.