As Used On the Famous Nelson Mandela

As Used On the Famous Nelson Mandela : Underground Adventures in the Arms and Torture Trade

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 22mm | 239g
  • Ebury Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 0091909228
  • 9780091909222
  • 443,047

Review Text

"Thomas's investigations are gripping"
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"John Pilger with laughs" * Guardian * "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" * Independent * "Thomas's investigations are gripping" * Daily Telegraph *
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About 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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571 ratings
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4 47% (266)
3 17% (98)
2 4% (20)
1 2% (9)
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