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  • Published: 1 May 2007
  • ISBN: 9780091909222
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $32.99

As Used On the Famous Nelson Mandela

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.

  • Published: 1 May 2007
  • ISBN: 9780091909222
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas has worked as a comedian for over twenty years. His activist, campaigning brand of comedy has been a thorn in the side of many politicians and corporations. However, recently he has been invited to give evidence at various government select committees. He is one of a limited number of people to be awarded a UN Global Human Rights Defender Award and has also been awarded a Kurdish National Congress Medal of Honour amongst other citations. His three-year campaign to stop the building of the Ilisu dam in Turkey was ultimately successful and saved 78,000 Kurds from being displaced.

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Praise for As Used On the Famous Nelson Mandela

John Pilger with laughs


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


Thomas's investigations are gripping

Daily Telegraph

A very readable account

Time Out

His outrage translates brilliantly on the page ... Profoundly disturbing, even moving but ultimately the main thing is it's a hugely entertaining read

City FM

funny and daming expose

Glasgow Herald

Intelligent, funny and disturbing

TNT Magazine

Deeply funny, deeply disturbing ... a shockingly entertaining read


Amazing ... Brilliantly explained

Jason Byrne

Rude, funny, furious

New Internationalist

His self deprecating humour laces a blistering criticism of the network of government fibs and gaping legal loopholes facilitating horrific acts


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