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Politics has changed. Five years ago Britain had a coalition government built on compromise. Now the Conservatives rule unchallenged, a chasm has opened up between Left and Right and the centre ground is deserted.

Nick Clegg knows the volatile state of modern politics better than anyone else. Here he offers a frank and honest account of his experiences - from his spectacular rise in the 2010 election through his tumultuous years as Deputy Prime Minister to a brutal defeat in 2015 - in order to tell the inside story of this change and reflect on what it means for our future.

He writes candidly about his own mistakes - including the controversy around tuition fees - the tense standoffs within government and the sometimes bizarre challenges he faced. He lifts the lid on the arcane world of Westminster, offering startling insights into the hidden workings of government, and reflects deeply on the decision to enter coalition with the Conservatives.

In a rapidly and profoundly changing world, he argues that the long-term survival of progressive politics relies more than ever on the radical reform of our outdated political system. Whatever your political persuasion, if you wish to understand how Britain is run today you cannot afford to ignore this audiobook.

©2016 Nick Clegg (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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An essay to liberals

More of a 3.5 starts... Listened to this on my commute - some interesting insights into the coalition and Nick Clegg's hindsight and vision. The middle got a bit stale and repetitive (felt almost whiney) - if short on time maybe just read/listen to the first chapter and last two!
However, if interested in politics I recommend to give it a go - it's worth the air time

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  • KEN HUMES
  • 09-23-16

A loss to British politics.

An amazing book. Nick Clegg comes across as intelligent, honest and humble. There is no sour grapes about how he and his party were treated in the 2015 election; instead an honest account of what happened and why.

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  • Mrs. C. Mansfield
  • 09-25-16

Excellent

A very interesting insight into modern politics.
The system could be so much better but I can see now why progress is so slow.
Nick Clegg is a good man, I wish him all the best in the future.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen Hillcoat
  • 09-22-16

Honest assessment of SW1

First opportunity with Audible. Makes the book all the more enjoyable when you hear the author.

Nick gives a fresh and frank assessment of all the risks, the twists and turns, and the depth charges that were in his way - and that of his Party - in joining and making a success of the then Coalition Government (from a LibDem perspective).

Well worth it!

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  • lilac
  • 10-18-16

Fascinating book.

I really loved this book. It was thoughtful, insightful and balanced. It gives real insight into the workings of the government in general and the coalition in particular.

Nick Clegg reads in an interesting and engaging way.

Some reviews say that the book is just tory bashing but I didn't think that at all. He does talk about some problems he had with the tories but you'd expect him to.

If you're interested at all in modern politics I think this is the best book you'll find. An absolute must if you're a politics student.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-17

interesting but light

it is very good that he narrates it and he does so in an engaging manner. it lacks somewhat in personal anecdotes about his time in the cabinet which is somewhat disappointing as we get little insight into the personal nature of those characters. it does however explain much of the good he managed to implement in government and explains somewhat the collapse of his party.

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  • TONG
  • 02-15-17

Insightful and well-narrated

If you're interested (and like me, somewhat dismayed) in the recent events in British and global politics, this book is an insightful analysis and commentary into the events and their causes, as well as quite informative about the workings of British politics as a whole.
Nick Clegg is a good narrator, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Highly recommended.

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  • mugnonina
  • 02-15-17

Excellent book. The entire UK should read it!

I adored every single chapter and was amazed at his being so frank. I am listening to it again...Thank you Mr Clegg. Please do write another one soon with an audio version too as it is very helpful when one is tired and still would like to enjoy a great book.

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  • Whiteside's
  • 10-12-16

Interesting thoughts

Good books and some intresting points raised ... it is part memoir part essay on

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  • petebog
  • 10-30-17

Full of insights

It is a thoughtful selfless appraisal of the coalition years. A model for political thinking which embraces and respects the views of opposing ideas.

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  • KatDLF
  • 10-23-17

Heartbreakingly insightful

This book gives a fascinating insight into how decisions were taken within the coalition government and lays out an alternative to the Tories' current policy, which will break the heart of any Remainer and have us wishing Mr Clegg was back in Downing Street.