Category: Study & Reference / Politics & Government
Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
Publication date: 17 January 2005
Number of pages: 448
These familiar questions are now far more topical and urgent. The peaks of both government and finance have become far more concentrated and isolated; checks and balances have become much weaker; the costs of wrong decisions have often proved disastrous to the public. Anthony Sampson has spent forty years dissecting the power-structure, with unique access to people at the top, to produce his best-selling Anatomies of Britain. Now in this intensely topical book, he surveys a much more troubled scene with more anger and impatience. He looks at the whole panoply of power, from an embattled Number Ten to the murky intelligence spooks, from corporate boardrooms to banks and pension funds. Everywhere he talks to the people who really know their inside workings. Who Runs This Place? is written not just for those inside the Westminster Bubble. It is addressed in fresh and vivid terms to those who need to understand the institutions and careers they are choosing, and the bosses who will influence their whole future. And it comes at a time when the British people are clamouring to comprehend the secretive groups that pull the levers, behind the facades. It is essential reading.
What the papers say:
'A compelling analysis of power' -- The Times 20040402 'An exhilarating air of authority... [thanks to] its author's happy and unusual combination of wisdom and research' -- Mail on Sunday 20040404 'A superb diagnosis... enormously readable, containing a wealth of entertaining apercus and digressions... [and] a wit that is as sharp as his scalpel' -- New Statesman 20040404 'A coherent critique about the nature of political power in British society' -- The Scotsman 20040403 'Sampson sees power clearly and calmly, as Trollope or Galsworthy did; and it is not a pretty sight...He comes shrewdly at Mr Blair from an unprotected flank' -- Daily Telegraph 20040403 'His lucid prose dissects the new centres of power ... A bracing read' -- JG Ballard, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year 20040403 'Brilliantly written and deeply sobering' -- JG Ballard 18991230 'The leap this books asks us to make - the comparison between the Britain of 1962 and that of 2004 - is useful and hugely instructive.' -- Guardian 18991230 'Sampson's overview of today's corrupt, nepotistic, celebrity-obsessed Britain makes for fascinating, if depressing, reading' -- Daily Telegraph 20050212 'A superb field-guide to "the masters of the marketplace" -- Independent 20050212 'This anatomy dissects an old organism still alive and diseased with new secrets' -- The Times 20050219 'Sampson's last book is up there with his best' -- Evening Standard 20050128 'Sampson blows away the smoke that obscures British democracy and ...dissects an old organism still alive and diseased with new secrets.' -- The Times 20050219 'Anthony Sampson's Who Runs This Place? Asks New Labour's central question.' -- Observer 20040320
Anthony Sampson was educated at Westminster and Oxford, and after a spell as a naval officer he went to Johannesburg and edited the black magazine Drum, becoming a friend of young ANC revolutionaries. He then joined the Observer, but left to write The Anatomy of Britain and became a full time author, writing best-sellers investigating oil companies, arms dealers and bankers. He was editorial adviser to the Brandt Commission, director of the New Statesman, trustee of the Guardian and chairman of the Society of Authors, and he wrote the authorised biography of Nelson Mandela.
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