Election Fever: Top Politics Books of 2019
The last 12 months have been a busy time for politics globally. With 2019 finishing on a UK general election, I thought it was only appropriate to highlight the political books that I found most helpful this year.
Publishing House: Profile Books
Kicking-off with a bang, Mindf*ck by Christopher Wylie is a tell-all memoir detailing his personal account of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Everybody who believes in the sanctity of democracy should read this book.
It is an incredibly emotional read. Wylie has an extremely human tone and style of writing nevertheless, that doesn’t stop the topic of the book being extremely nauseating.
Looking forward to the 2020 American presidential election, I believe this book will become even more important and timely.
Publishing House: Luath Press, Picador
Povery Safari by Darren McGarvey was first published in 2017 and gave me my first proper ‘book hang-over’ of 2019. McGarvey effortlessly keeps his readers engaged with his truly personal style.
This book provides a proper privilege-check and should be read by everyone on the left of politics currently scratching their heads at general election results.
3. Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now? by Ian Dunt
Publishing House: Canburry Press
Since 2016 Brexit has been at the top of the UK political agenda. Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now? is a concise, easily accessible summary of the potential impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union.
With the 31st of January quickly approaching time will tell whether or not Dunt’s assertions are correct. Regardless, I found Brexit: What the Hell Happens Now? an insightful, well argued/evidence, and relevant book.
Publishing House: Bloomsbury Publishing
Political Tribes by Amy Chua provides a brief overview of American history with a lens focusing on how hatred and fear mongering has been used to bring out the worst of our natural tribal instincts.
Much like Mindf*ck by I believe this will be prime reading ahead of the 2020 presidential elections, and should be mandatory reading for all politicians.
5. Posh Boys by Robert Verkaik
Publishing House: OneWorld Publications
Finally, Posh Boys How English Private Schools Ru(i)n Britain is a fantastic analysis of the UK’s private school system. Verkaik methodically talks the reader through the historical impact of the private school system; and the links to all aspects of the modern ‘establishment’.
With Boris the newly elected Prime Minister of the UK, famously a member of the Bullingdon Club, and Eton school-boy, Posh Boys should be at the top of everyones TBR lists.