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Dangerous Hero

Corbyn’s Ruthless Plot for Power
By: Tom Bower
Narrated by: Peter Noble
Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
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A gripping expose of the man, his politics and what Corbyn in Downing Street could mean for Britain.

After four unremarkable decades in politics, Jeremy Corbyn stands on the brink of power. Until his surprise election as leader of the Labour Party in 2015, this seemingly unelectable oddball had not been a major political player. Since then, Corbyn has survived coup attempts and accusations of incompetence that would have felled most politicians, including grave charges of anti-Semitism, bullying and not being the master of his brief. Despite these shortcomings, as the Conservatives rip themselves apart over Europe, he is likely soon to become Britain's prime minister.

Yet this hero of the far left has done his best to conceal much of his past and personal life from public scrutiny. In this audiobook, best-selling investigative biographer Tom Bower reveals hidden truths about Corbyn's character, the causes and organisations he espouses and Britain's likely fate under the Marxist-Trotskyist society he has championed since the early 1970s.

Based on eyewitness accounts from those who have known Corbyn throughout his life, the audiobook asks whether a Labour government led by Corbyn would transform the country for the better. Has capitalism, as he argues, run its course, and would our lives be improved by socialism? If so, what is Corbyn's brand of socialism? The same as that experienced under successive Labour governments since 1945 or something more extreme? Will his advocacy of more debt, tax hikes and renationalisation reproduce the fate of Venezuela as championed by his own hero Hugo Chávez? Is he a reformer or a revolutionary? Will he deliver a glowing new era or catastrophe?

His supporters damn every opponent and critic, calling them 'traitors' or worse. Does this aggression, and the accusations that paint Corbyn as an entrenched anti-Semite and misogynist, override his image as an authentic 'good bloke'?

Many are excited by the prospect of Corbyn’s arrival in Downing Street. Others believe that Corbyn as prime minister will prove to be a dangerous hero.

©2019 Tom Bower (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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"The book every voter must read." (Mail on Sunday)

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  • Kieron Casey
  • 03-01-19

So bad, it's almost good

Hard to review this as I really enjoyed all the bad things about it. The bit where Cat Stevens somehow becomes a Labour MP or where the author hints Corbyn tried to get Iran to nuke Israel are good. As is the part where Bower suggests that Corbyn is a liar who didnt have a beard in his younger years and that he'd seen one photo which proved it.
The best part is Peter Noble's narration - he conveys completely the terror Bower clearly feels about a potential prime ministership of a milquetoast social democrat. He sounds nearly in tears that Corbyn wouldnt bomb Iraq or was sgainst tuition fees. An amazing book really for all the wrong reasons.

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  • dc
  • 03-08-19

Damning

I’ve been a labour member for 10 years and this book made me cancel my membership. Corbyn is repeatedly portrayed as ideological, inflexible and pretty dim.

That being said, Bower is by no means an objective biographer. He doesn’t have a good thing to say about any Labour politician or policy. As mentioned in the press there are a couple of factual innacuracies in the book. (i.e Cat Stephens being a Labour Party activist-not true). However, the stories about Corbyn especially in regards to Antisemitism and associating with terrorists are eye-opening and if not true Corbyn should sue for libel.

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  • Eileen
  • 03-14-19

Read This and Remember.

I think everyone of voting age in the UK should listen to this book and all I can say is God help this country if Corbyn ever got elected as PM. He’s an absolute disgrace of a man so just be careful what you wish for.


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  • Helen Umpleby
  • 03-05-19

A Warning For All

A very interesting read which shows that Corbyn does not care about the poor the country or its people. He is interested in an ideology that should have died out in the 20th century. Racist, sexist and unapologetic Corbyn is hungry for power.
Excellent read and very well narrated

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  • His Three Calls to Cormac
  • 02-24-19

Terrifying but Believable

I have a long-term interest in extreme politics and the people who promote such ideas. As such I have read a lot of biographies about Communists, Anarchists, and Fascists. With this background in mind, I think that Tom Bower has offered an accurate image of Jeremy Corbyn. Sadly, though, that just makes this book deeply frightening.

Corbyn's life, as reconstructed by Bower, follows a typical extreme-left trajectory. An ideologically insulated upbringing leading to his being fundamentally out of touch with normal life; a zealous 'ends justify the means' attitude to all things; and a general ruthlessness and dishonesty about 'inconvenient' facts. Where Corbyn differs is that he is not an intellectual, at all. He is a Marxist grunt who is surrounded by more politically savvy people and was thrust into prominence by fate. In reality he is basically an unimpressive person. This mystique he has built around himself since being elected leader is all smoke and mirrors.

His supporters are attempting to review-bomb this book or to defend him with the 'but socialism is good so Corbyn is good' argument. The fact is, though, that this book offers an image of Corbyn that can't just be ignored or shouted down. Read it, even though it will keep many people up at night with 'what if' scenarios running through their heads.

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  • perry
  • 02-27-19

Riveting and scary

I didn’t have high hopes for this, but a couple of hours in and I am hooked. The book is fast paced, well narrated and seems well researched and includes a lot of U.K.industrial relations history, which should be compulsive listening for anyone under 50. In terms of the subject matter...be afraid, be very afraid!

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  • Anna Zakharova
  • 03-07-19

fascinating

I listened intently to every word. every 16 year old should read this book. The gripping politics of our time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-15-19

be scared, very scared.

This man and his band of trots need to be stopped. . . . . . . .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-25-19

An anatomy of a liar

"Stupid people". An interesting perspective on a devious and deceitful politician, a likely anti-semite and possibly the worst Labour party leader there has ever been.

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