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James Delingpole is the notorious author, broadcaster, blogger and polemicist who helped break the Climategate story. His utterly brilliant, relentlessly entertaining books range from quasi-pornographic autobiography thinly disguised as fiction (Fin, Thinly Disguised Autobiography) to World War II potboilers (Coward on the Beach, Coward at the Bridge) to Nostradamus-like political analysis (Welcome To Obamaland: I've Seen Your Future And It Doesn't Work) to gratuitous lefty-bashing (365 Ways To Drive A Liberal Crazy, How To Be Right).

A regular broadcaster everywhere from Channel 4 to Sky News to the BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show (and, in the US, Fox News and most conservative/libertarian talk radio shows) James is the man they call up whenever they need a token right-wing bastard to say outrageous things. Usually, though, he means every word: as a libertarian conservative he believes that there is no problem in the world so bad that well-meaning government intervention cannot make it worse. He believes in sound money, limited government and liberty.

Favourite books:

1. Republican Party Reptile by PJ O'Rourke - the book that made me realise it was OK to be a conservative.

2. Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg - the book that helped me articulate why being a conservative doesn't mean you're a Nazi.

3. Welcome To Obamaland: I've Seen Your Future And It Doesn't Work by James Delingpole - maybe the best primer I've read as to why libertarian conservatism is the only decent and worthwhile political philosophy. Yeah, I know it sounds immodest of me to choose it but it's really not: all the ideas are other people's; the only bit I take credit for is the loose, readable style, which comes from having written it so quickly.

Books

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The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism
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