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As Used on the Famous Nelson Mandela

Underground Adventures in the Arms and Torture Trade

By Mark Thomas

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Format: Paperback, 339 pages
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United Kingdom, 05 April 2007
Mark Thomas is one of the UK's most effective and best-known political activists, as well as being a highly successful stand-up comedian. His show, "The Mark Thomas Product", ran for six highly acclaimed series on Channel Four. Amazingly, this is his first book. "As Used On the Famous Nelson Mandela" is a deeply funny, deeply disturbing account of Mark's rampage through the arms trade. Under a fairly flimsy disguise and with the use of some worryingly poor accents, Mark set off on a journey of discovery in the company of arms dealers, torture victims, politicians, cops, crusties and geeks. The result is a shockingly entertaining read. Embedded within the sharpness of his humour is the truth of an industry fraught with loopholes, complacency and greed; that allows corrupt regimes to kill, maim and displace, but whose deals are often subsidised by the British taxpayer. Hard-hitting, laugh-out-loud funny and extremely unsettling, "As Used on the Famous Nelson Mandela" is never anything less than compulsive.

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Taking up the baton from Michael Moore, the UK's foremost political comedian has written a corruscatingly funny expose of the arms trade

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Mark Thomas has been a comedian and activist for over twenty years. His campaigning brand of comedy - spanning TV, stage and print - has been a thorn in the side of many politicians and corporations, and has resulted in him being awarded a UN Global Human rights Defender Award and a Kurdish National Congress Medal of Honour amongst other citations.This is his first book.


"John Pilger with laughs" * Guardian * "Thomas, in essence, is a brilliant investigative journalist disguised as an angry, shouty comedian ... very funny indeed" * Daily Telegraph * "A genuine eye-opener" * Mail on Sunday * "Courageous book ... A humorous yet heartfelt polemic ... Thomas' revelations are riveting" * Independent * "Thomas's investigations are gripping" * Daily Telegraph *

EAN: 9780091909222
ISBN: 0091909228
Publisher: Ebury Press
Dimensions: 12.83 x 20.22 x 2.26 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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