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Election Fever: Top Politics Books of 2019

Poverty Safari, Brexit What the Hell Happens Now?, Political Tribes, Posh Boys, Mindf*ck

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.

1. Mindf*ck by Christopher Wylie

Mindf*ck by Christopher Wylie

Mindf*ck by Christopher Wylie

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.

2. Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey

Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey

Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey

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

Brexit What the Hell Happens Now? and Brexit Without the Bullsh*t

Brexit What the Hell Happens Now? and Brexit Without the Bullsh*t

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.

4. Political Tribes by Amy Chua

Political Tribes by Amy Chua

Political Tribes by Amy Chua

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

Posh Boys by Robert Verkaik

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.

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3 Comments

  1. Laura says

    You’re right it was a very turbulent year for politics in 2019, and 2020 is already looking to be as turbulent!

    Do you have any recommendations for politics-based books to look out for over the course of the year?

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  2. Pingback: Memoir Madness: Top Five Memoirs of 2019 | The Reading Millennial

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