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The Oxford Book of British Political Anecdotes

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Renowned journalist and bestselling author, Paul Johnson here presents over three hundred anecdotes about the world of British politics from Richard III's murder of the princes in the Tower of London to a final frosty scene between Jim Callaghan and Barbara Castle.
The stories range from the sublime to the ridiculous, from the witty to the sobering, the gratifying to the p
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 5th 1989 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 5th 1986)
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Andy Luke
Sep 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
312 political anecdotes: dreary, whining, padding, guaranteed to bore you stupid or disgust. Herein you might find 1,000 words which could have been summarized as 'a Duke stepped on another Duke's coat'. Even in 'stories' (for they can be barely called that) from contemporary times or where I grasp the context very well, the material is a wasteful chore. There's about three pages I would save and only one I care to re-tell. Oxford and Paul Johnson might have been working with only stinkers, I do ...more
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Paul Johnson works as a historian, journalist and author. He was educated at Stonyhurst School in Clitheroe, Lancashire and Magdalen College, Oxford, and first came to prominence in the 1950s as a journalist writing for, and later editing, the New Statesman magazine. He has also written for leading newspapers and magazines in Britain, the US and Europe.

Paul Johnson has published over 40 books incl
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