Underground Adventures in the Arms and Torture Trade
Taking up the baton from Michael Moore, the UK's foremost political comedian has written a corruscatingly funny expose of the arms trade.
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.
“John Pilger with laughs”
“Thomas, in essence, is a brilliant investigative journalist disguised as an angry, shouty comedian ... very funny indeed”
“A genuine eye-opener”
Mail on Sunday
“Courageous book ... A humorous yet heartfelt polemic ... Thomas' revelations are riveting”
“Thomas's investigations are gripping”
“A very readable account”
“His outrage translates brilliantly on the page ... Profoundly disturbing, even moving but ultimately the main thing is it's a hugely entertaining read”
“funny and daming expose”
“Intelligent, funny and disturbing”
“Deeply funny, deeply disturbing ... a shockingly entertaining read”
“Amazing ... Brilliantly explained”
“Rude, funny, furious”
“His self deprecating humour laces a blistering criticism of the network of government fibs and gaping legal loopholes facilitating horrific acts”