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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

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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.

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.

  • Pub date: 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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