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The Establishment: And How They Get Away with It
In The Establishment Owen Jones, author of the international bestseller Chavs, offers a biting critique of the British Establishment and a passionate plea for democracy

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Inequality and the 1%
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Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: or, How Capitalism Works - and How It Fails

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Why We Get the Wrong Politicians
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Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
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