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  • By ronald young
    May 17, 2015
    I’m always intrigued by confessional-type books which sketch how the scales fell from a writer’s eyes and how (s)he began to “connect the dots” in their various worlds ie produce a coherent account of the exercise of power. Voltaire’s Candide was, of course, a satire – I prefer less manipulative and anguished portrayals of “intellectual journeys”…..which seem to be quite rare….Millions of autobiographies or memoirs which show what an interesting life the author had or interesting times they lived in – but few hints of the sorts of deep questions they might have been exploring…..let alone attempts to set out their “world views”, the assumptions which sustained them and how and why experience was forcing adjustments…. As for contemporary affairs - be it political, financial, economic – most authors have taken decisions about how they will “frame” and tell the story before they event start writing. The purpose of the book is to convince you of their arguments... Don’t expect them to... More > share their uncertainties with you…. Patrick Chalmers was born in 1966 and, after graduating first in engineering then journalism, had several years of contract work before landing a job with Reuters in 1994. Happy to have such a job – initially on finance then EU affairs in Brussels – he was perhaps slow to recognise the interests he was serving although it was in Brussels he developed his Euroscepticism as he began to understand the extent of the “behind-the-doors” dealing and the power of the big business lobby…..a spell as a foreign correspondent in the Far East completed his disillusionment with the rhetoric of democracy and he resigned in order to seek a more honourable channel for his energies…."Fraudcast News – how bad journalism supports bogus democracies" is his story – with the final chapters updating his story and giving a quietly upbeat message about “alternative journalism”….. We need more books like this….see my own writing at< Less
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First Edition
Patrick Chalmers
June 16, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.91 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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