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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407017143
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336
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The Fallout

How a guilty liberal lost his innocence




One of the most controversial books of recent years, The Fallout forces us to re-examine all our preconceptions.

In 2001 Andrew Anthony occupied a comfortable position within the liberal left media. A successful Observer and Guardian journalist, he believed he was on the right side of the argument - the left side. But after the events of 11 September, he noticed that many colleagues and friends seemed determined to understand the perpetrator rather than support the victim.

America, in their view, had it coming. In rejecting that analysis, Anthony set out on the painful process of unpicking the prejudices that had come to shape progressive, liberal and wider public opinion.

The Fallout is a polemical memoir, an account of Anthony's political education in Thatcher's Britain and his stark mid-life reassessment. It's a book about crime and violence, liberty and society, principles and practice, and about vital questions that no longer match their received answers.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781407017143
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336
Categories:

About the author

Andrew Anthony

Andrew Anthony is a feature writer and investigative journalist. He has written for the Observer since 1993, and also writes for the Guardian, Vogue and the Saturday Telegraph. His features cover a wide range of subjects: politics, crime, sport, literature, TV and popular culture. He was nominated for Feature Writer of the Year in 2000 and Sports Writer of the Year in 2003. He is also the author of On Penalites.

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Praise for The Fallout

[A] vivid, emotively charged account... the guilty liberalism he excoriates, in a book that retains a force and passion and an insistence that you examine the thoughts you think through some 300 finely written pages, is not a definition of the contemporary left but a barricade to its development

John Lloyd, Observer

Anthony is one of my favourite journalists: he is incapable of an inelegant phrase or ill-considered argument

Decca Aitkenhead, Guardian

A compelling account, charted with honesty and passion

Mail on Sunday

A subtle, delicately nuanced, impassioned, courageous, elegantly formulated and far-reaching examination of the state of our ailing nation

Geoff Dyer, Observer

A vivid and sensitive writer...clever, engaging and palpably sincere

Spectator

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