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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  9,555 ratings  ·  842 reviews

We all know the system isn’t working. Our governments are corrupt and the opposing parties pointlessly similar. Our culture is filled with vacuity and pap, and we are told there’s nothing we can do: “It’s just the way things are.”
In this book, Russell Brand hilariously lacerates the straw men and paper tigers of our conformist times and presents, with
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Ballantine Books (first published 2014)
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Dale Pearl The reading level if for high school and above. The content I would say is not for teens and below. Plenty of sexual content, profanities, and a full …moreThe reading level if for high school and above. The content I would say is not for teens and below. Plenty of sexual content, profanities, and a full on verbal assault towards all of societies golden calves.(less)

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Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I did not like Russell Brand. His laddish personality coupled with his childish pranks made me think he was just another celebrate who thought with his cash and fame he could do whatever he wanted. Actually by his own admission he was. Then I started hearing people saying did you see that clip of him or that appearance of him on the news. I gave in and listened and the man was making sense.

The book is really shows Brand's intelligence, research and even his vocabulary. He makes lots of great poi
Goddess Of Blah
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
There will be many right-wingers and establishment trolls who will trash this book. They don't want you to read the message.
But just ignore the writer and focus on the message - does it resonate with you? Do you feel inequality has exceeded it's limit? Does anyone really need billions to live? Why are there so many billionaires when there's people in Africa who are starving?
Why do 99% of the population have less power than 1%? Why do Foreign Corporations influence over governments and shape
Joanne Harris
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it
When I was at university, I met a number of champagne revolutionaries, all of them articulate, theatrical, presentable and clever enough to sound convincing, especially at parties. This book - entertaining, well-written and often funny as it is - is equally convincing, and ultimately, equally toxic. I know the author isn't responsible for the £20 price tag, but in a country where the poor are having to rely on food-banks or starve, the irony of a millionaire urging the people not to vote doesn't ...more
Richard Butchins
Nov 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Oh dear, the bewildered, Beverly Hills buddhist, is back. I have a confession to make. I didn't finish this book, it became so irritating I gave up about chapter ten. This is the book equivalent of listening to the guy at the end of the bar who's taken far too much cocaine and insists on telling you, in a loud voice, he has the solution to the world's problems. It all sounds great to him at the time but is, on reflection, the mutterings of, and I quote Brand himself. " an out of touch lunatic wr ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Academics will loathe this book, while the masses rejoice...

Lets admit a simple truth here. The research for this book comes across as if it were a fourth year term paper written at four am. This does not mean it is any less relevant, nor does it diminish its social significance. Instead, what this book is, is an impromptu manifesto for the masses. His audience is the eighteen to twenty five demographic, those just entering or leaving a university or college institution. Now, I may not be famili
Tariq Mahmood
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: economy, british, religion
I think Russell Brand has presented a pretty relevant argument. All the issues he has highlighted are the ones almost completely ignored by the big media conglomerates of the world. The world opinion is slowly shifting against the rich and powerful cabals, and Russell's effort will surely help galvanize public opinion, especially giving voice to the failed and immigrants languishing in obscurity in every developed country.

I also thought the analogy with his personal drug rehab was also necessar
Mindy Graham
Oct 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Someone take this man's pen license away. I read this book after seeing an interview that intrigued me about his political leanings. Sadly, an entire book added nothing to the ten minute piece I had already seen. The book leaves the impression that Russell has heard a few people speak and sat there thinking, "yes, I totally get this. Not only do I get this but it will be so much better when -I- tell people about it" He then walked away with a surface understanding of a bunch of kind of related i ...more
Amy Laurens
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Listening to this audiobook in the car was a bit like giving a ride to a hitchhiker at the end of his gap year, his rucksack all weighed down with philosophical tracts he'd read on the beach in Thailand and his eyes aglow with the kind of idealism that goes hand in hand with never having had a job or a mortgage.

I mean that in the nicest way, because unlike much of the commentariat, I like Russell Brand. He's a working class autodidact, which means in this book's particular context that his writ
Aug 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
If you're looking for the coked out diatribe of a narcissist who watched a few too many political documentaries on Netflix, this is the book for you. ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
A good friend suggested I listen to "Revolution" by Russell Brand which was something I would not have done otherwise. From feeling ambivalent about Russell Brand, I am now a convert.

His style and demeanour appears to antagonise a lot of people, however his message is prescient and important. In essence, it is that our planet is going to be uninhabitable if we don't change what we're doing and how we do it. He also highlights how change is never going to come from within the current system, hen
John G.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I agree completely with his political and economic analysis, less so on the spiritual side of things. He is perhaps the only celebrity/comedian I can think of, other than perhaps Michael Moore who is condemning our economic and political models. His book reminds me of a Micheal Moore movie in tone and style. I'm not at all familiar with Brand's comedy or his other books, but found his comedy in this book to be somewhat lowbrow and distracting, even grating. He gives off the impression of being a ...more
Angel Edwards
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If Christopher Hitchens and Oscar Wilde could have produced a child, it would have the sharp wit and intelligence of Russell Brand. He’s nothing short of a marvel.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I have read books on philosophy and books on politics, but this is like no other book I have ever read. I should make it clear from the outset that I am a Russell Brand fan. I have read other books by him and I also subscribe to his Trews program. I am also predisposed to many (not all) of the ideas he presents in this book. Given all this it is not surprising I am so positive in my appraisal. This is an incredibly entertaining and well researched 'manifesto' calling for... waiting for it.. ...more
Rou Reynolds
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Finally got round to finishing this. Kept getting put off and putting the book down every time he brought his 'spiritual' babble into it.

Overall though; great sentiment behind the book & it's ideas. His verbosity doesn't annoy me, I enjoy it. Very poetic in parts. Brilliant points throughout the book as well as consistently funny and cheeky.

One particular section was embarrassingly anti-science and he even made the mistake of saying something along the lines of "science is bad cos nuclear weapo
Feb 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
DNF but more that half. (I want a medal)

When he says the rich, he means more than him. When he talks about middle class or poor, he means less than him. When he says to stop supporting big brand name business, he is still on his iPhone, Mac and driving with his friend in a Mercedes. So, still everyone else but him.
When he talks about big business shamelessly making a profit on your hard-earned dollars again, not him writing this book for his profit.
It comes down to the same old, pay no attenti
Flipperty Gibbert
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As an ex hedonist with a love of the planet, a penchant for spiritual pursuits and an overarching belief in equality, listening to Russell Brand often makes me exclaim an appreciative and ecstatic 'Yes!'

Having just finished Russell Brand's Revolution, I feel it's only fair to complete the review with such analogy. Listening to it on audio-book read by the author may have been somewhat pivotal in my decision to proceed thus.

The act was no mean feat. It took a while, we engaged a variety of partn
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
In reading this I must admit I did think what a wanker. Given that Brand declared he was a wanker in the first chapters, I had to admit fair call and keep reading. I listened to the audio book read by the author and he did a great job.
There are many really interesting ideas and if you can get through the first couple of chapters it is a really provoking read. Give it a go you won't be disappointed.
Oct 03, 2015 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, book-perk
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while, unread. Went to his show last night spontaneously. Got two, unexpected free tickets from a friend who worked the show. Seats were in the wheelchair section! I don't require a wheelchair, so felt awkward amongst my fellow wheelchair bound brethren. But great seats, one row from the front.

I like Russell's vision and, much like most younger people, crave the utopia he describes, but uncertain what I can do to help the change. His comedic delivery
Scott Rhee
Russell Brand has no qualms about admitting that he is a narcissist. He almost takes pride in it.

If you’ve ever seen the movies “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” or “Get Him to the Greek”, then you most likely recall Brand playing a rock star named Aldous Snow, a recovering alcoholic/sex addict whose enthusiasm for life is rivaled only by his idiocy. His hilarious scene-stealing performances carried those films, despite the fact that he was starring next to better-known powerhouse comedic actors like
Rupert Dreyfus
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics

When Brand first went all Guevara, most people I knew with a background in activism were rolling their eyes and telling him to fuck off. I held back and hoped to show some solidarity because even though once upon a time he was part of the matrix, presenting Big Brother and waggling his '70s glam rocker penis around Hollywood Boulevard, he wasn't a particularly bad guy. For what it's worth, I still think he isn't a particularly bad guy. Call me naive but what I read (about 70 pages' worth), h
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
Love it. Russell is smart, funny, realistic, and dedicated to his sobriety. he can make fun of himself and he defiantly has an opinion of modern society that will make you think. the audio book is great because Russell isn't reading to you, he is telling a story. brilliant! ...more
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This man seeks to talk to your soul. Many seem to take issue with this idea, but to me it's the best thing in the world.

It's an open encouragement to us to face the terminal ills of this planet and join together to do something about them. This reader needed little convincing that we are in alarm-bell decline. His argument for the existence of a universal undiagnosed depression is cogent. He's funny too. And despite a certain absence of formal education, which serves actually to impress, he is a
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A easy read; I bought it on its release date, and finished the same day - that's how simplistic Russell's book is. However, the content of the book beholds many views, statistics, truths, quotations, and points out the maximal awareness required regarding paramountcy (both benevolent and malevolent), and a variety of omnifarious information worth enquiring about.

Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Who woulda thunk such a wanker could write such a profound book? Highly readable and highly recommended.
May 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
The kind of bourgeois socialism, utopian socialism etc. Marx was already arguing against in 1848
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here's the thing about Russell Brand. I quite like The Trews and how he talks about politically charged issues with both a sense of humour to defuse the seriousness, but also with a general grounding of common sense. Then, beyond that, I'm kind of fascinated with how politics is shifting in Scotland. I read a recent Buzzfeed article at an SNP conference being like, "Why do they look like they're celebrating? They just lost a referendum..." And I think the point that many people and commentators ...more
Kristi Sawyer
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: factual
I have FINALLY finished this wasn't easy! Brand has earned himself 1 star more than I was going to give him, purely because some of the ideas he writes (I can't say his ideas, because most of them are paraphrases of other people's) actually do make you think. However, most of these are discredited by the waffle in other areas of the book. There is a whole chapter on yoga which is never actually related back to the 'Revolution'! Cleverly, he has grouped responses to his proposition into ...more
Lee Anne
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is my default September pick for the Surly Spice reading challenge (, even though I read it in November and I don't so much disagree with Russell Brand's political philosophy as I recognize it as impossible.

First, as I often do, I have to start with a disclaimer: I love Russell Brand, even though he gives me many reasons why I should hate him. I love his sexy, lupine (or vulpine?) charms, his frenetic charisma, his hyper-literate, fast talking style.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ut-online-lib
Reading this book reminded me of two important bits of advice: 1) Never follow a hippie to a second location and 2) The love you fake is equal to the cash you make. (Very applicable wisdom regarding anything coming out of Hollywood!) :)
Jack Blake
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
As far as the writing and entertainment value - brilliant. He is one the most entertaining writers of our time (the Guardian & New Statesman essays), and off the back of the Paxo interview, it was obviously necessary for him to back up his claims thoroughly for his revolution to be taken seriously. And this was done in his distinct, typically articulate way. Yeah, he may have slightly irritating ways of making his point (superfluous soliloquies that terminate an otherwise great paragraph)...with ...more
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Russell Edward Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. Brand dresses in a flamboyant bohemian fashion describing himself as looking like an "S&M Willy Wonka." Brand's current style consists of black eyeliner, drainpipe jeans, Beatle boots, and long, shaggy, backcombed hair.

In October 2010, Brand married pop singer Katy Perry. The two separated in December 2011.

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