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  • Published: 29 November 2022
  • ISBN: 9781529149654
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $35.00

How to be a Politician

2,000 Years of Good (and Bad) Advice



The ultimate book of political advice, conjuring the warp, weft, ebbs, flows, highs and lows of a political life, in the words of those who said it best - curated and introduced by Sir Vince Cable.

'Always forgive your enemies - but never forget their names.' JFK

'What do you want to be a sailor for? There are greater storms in politics than you will ever find at sea. Piracy, broadsides, blood on the decks. You will find them all in politics.' David Lloyd George

'Unchallenged master of the self-inflicted wound.' Nicholas Soames on Boris Johnson, apropos his switch to campaigning for Brexit

Structured to follow the arc of a life in politics - from childhood aspirations and first attempts at getting elected, to navigating the back benches, ascending the greasy pole, dealing with detractors, facing crises, and finally escaping - this unique collection weaves together the wittiest, wisest and most acerbic political quotations from the last 2,000 years. Punctuated throughout by candid insights from Sir Vince Cable, How to Be a Politician is a timeless and entertaining education in the dark arts of politics.

  • Published: 29 November 2022
  • ISBN: 9781529149654
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $35.00

About the author

Vince Cable

Vince Cable is the former Liberal Democrat leader 2017-2019 and was Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, and Skills 2010-2015. Some of his achievements include launching the world's first ever Green Investment Bank to support that supports young people through apprenticeships and the promotion of socially responsible capitalism. He is currently a visiting professor at the London School of Economics.

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