Democracy for Sale
The Sunday Times bestseller. ‘A compulsively readable, carefully researched account of how a malignant combination of rightwing ideology, secretive money (much of it from the US) and weaponisation of social media have shaped contemporary British (and to a limited extent, European) politics … Remarkable’ Observer, Book of the Week
Democracy is in crisis, and unaccountable and untraceable flows of money are helping to destroy it.
This is the story of how money, vested interests and digital skulduggery are eroding trust in democracy. Antiquated electoral laws are broken with impunity, secretive lobbying is bending our politics out of shape and Silicon Valley tech giants collude in selling out democracy. Politicians lie gleefully, making wild claims that can be shared instantly with millions on social media.
Peter Geoghegan is a diligent, brilliant guide through the shadowy world of dark money and digital disinformation stretching from Westminster to Washington, and far beyond.
Praise for Democracy for Sale: ‘Thorough, gripping and vitally important’ Oliver Bullough
‘A brilliant description of the dark underbelly of modern democracy. Everyone should read it’ Anne Applebaum
‘A compelling and very readable story of the ongoing corruption of our government and therefore ourselves’ Anthony Barnett
‘As urgent as it is illuminating’ Fintan O’Toole
‘This urgent, vital book is essential reading for anyone who wants to make sense of our politics’ Carole Cadwalladr
‘This forensic and highly readable book shows how so many of our democratic processes have moved into the murky, unregulated spaces of globalisation and digital innovation’ Peter Pomerantsev
‘A call to arms for all those who value democracy’ The Herald
‘Geoghegan’s words are those of someone who is prepared to keep fighting to defend and revitalise what shadows of democracy still remain’Scotsman
'Peter Geoghegan's absorbing and disturbing new book is a call to arms for all those who value democracy ... [It is] meticulously researched and highly readable' Herald. 'Investigative journalist and Big Issue contributor Peter Geoghegan has followed the money to uncover the story of how undisclosed donations have infiltrated British politics, undermining public faith in democracy and fuelling the rise of populism across the West' Big Issue. 'Peter Geoghegan's investigations into Brexit have been essential reading. Now this urgent, vital book is essential reading for anyone who wants to make sense of our politics' Carole Cadwalladr. 'A brilliant description of the dark underbelly of modern democracy: dark money, influence games and the new tactics of the new far-right. Everyone should read it' Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag. 'A compelling and very readable story of the ongoing corruption of our government and therefore ourselves' Anthony Barnett, author of Iron Britannia. 'As urgent as it is illuminating' Fintan O'Toole, author of Heroic Failure. 'Forensic and highly readable' Peter Pomerantsev, author of This is Not Propaganda. 'Democracy for Sale forensically exposes the fault lines in our politics, and reveals how they have been exploited by the rich and the powerful to further their own interests' Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland.
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