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Political Animal: An Anatomy

By Jeremy Paxman

Rating: 4 stars

This is a book about politics and the people who choose to enter that troubled profession. It’s written with Paxman’s usual flair and cynicism in which he completely deconstructs the psyche of the sort of person who enters politics and then goes on to turn his attention to the institutions that make up our democracy and demolish those as well. He’s obviously very cynical about the whole enterprise, but not entirely dismissive and ends by noting just how much has changed in the way we conduct politics in the past century and expecting that a similar change will happen in the next century.

I enjoyed the book and enjoyed the insights that Paxman can provide, although it left me feeling somewhat depressed by the whole endeavour.

Book details

ISBN: 9780140288476
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year of publication: 2002

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