Power Trip A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin (Hardback)

By Damian McBride


Book details

  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing
  • Format: Hardback
  • Publication date: 25th Sep 2013
  • ISBN13: 9781849545969
  • Publisher size: Royal
  • Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 cm
  • Pages: 448
  • Illustrations: 8 pages

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From 1999 to 2009, Damian McBride worked at the heart of the Treasury and No10, becoming one of the most controversial political figures of the last decade, before a notorious scandal propelled him onto the front pages and out of Downing Street.
In Power Trip he writes candidly about his experiences at the heart of government, and provides the first genuine insider’s account of Gordon Brown’s time as Chancellor and Prime Minister. He reveals the personal feuds, political plots, and media manipulation which lay at New Labour’s core, and provides a fascinating, funny, and at times shocking account of how government really works. His own journey from naive civil servant to disgraced spindoctor is also laid bare with brutal honesty. Power Trip is a riveting memoir and an eye-opening expose of politics in Britain.

The Independent

“It is being billed as the "must-read" political book of the year.”

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Benedict Brogan, The Telegraph

“It is the essential political book of the year. His memoir will be read first for the elegant and lightly told vignettes. McBride can write, which makes it a pleasure to read... ”

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Chris Mullin, The Observer

“It is well written, generous to friend and foe alike and...”

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Robert Shrimsley, Financial Times

“It is pacy and McBride writes with a nice turn of phrase. As a glimpse into the Brown bunker it offers much.”

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Milo Yiannopoulos, The Kernel

“This is probably the most enjoyable book you can read about that chapter of Britain’s political history. Come to think of it, it’s probably the most enjoyable book I’ve read all year...”

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The Sunday Times

“McBride has a tremendous narrative gift, as well as a great clarity of thought. The latter is a marvel... ”

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Alison Phillips, Daily Mirror

“It is an eye-opener about the factionalism - and hate - that can exist within one government. ”

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Helen Lewis, New Statesman

“Damian McBride is a bastard. And, unsually for a memorist, he's very keen to let you know that from the start... often as interesting for what it doesn't say as for what it does. ”

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Peter McKay, Daily Mail

“50 shades of Labour skullduggery”

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The Week

“[Power Trip] reveals that McBride's notoriety was well deserved. ”

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Matthew d'Ancona, The Telegraph

“I have always admired McBride’s writing – imagine Luca Brasi with a Cambridge degree – and am not surprised that his memoirs are proving so gripping, given the material and his genuine talent as a stylist.”

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Janet Street Porter, The Independent on Sunday

“McBride’s book Power Trip strips away the fluff, the verbiage, the feeble exuses and the patronising twaddle that gushes from our political leaders and their spin doctors and we are left with the equivalent of cage fighting; The Thick of It now looks tame…”

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Local Transport Today

“ In our last issue we reported a couple of jolly transport anecdotes from Power Trip, the autobiography of Gordon Brown’s controversial spin doctor, Damian McBride…Well we’ve finished the book and what a cracking read it was!”

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Choice Magazine

“ It’s worth [reading] for the insights McBride provides into the way we were governed during the New Labour years. ”

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Morning Star

“ This accessible account of the role of Gordon Brown’s former spin doctor Damian McBride provides an insight into many of the main players as well as the murky world of Westminster’s journalistic goldfish bowl…McBride has an interesting view on the Brown-Blair feud.”

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Sian Griffiths, Sunday Times, Culture

“Current Affairs Book of the Year: This devastatingly forthright account of McBride's years as Gordon Brown's spin doctor and attack dog is the best book I have read all year. ”

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Dan Hodges, The Telegraph

“The most explosive – and expletive laden - political book of the year. The memoir of Gordon Brown’s former spin doctor is not for the faint of heart, but it contains some of the year’s most riveting prose and gives an insight into our political system most politicians would rather you didn’t see.”

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Andrew Neather, Evening Standard

“Power Trip is the political memoir of 2013: whatever your feelings about Gordon Brown's former spin doctor - "McPoison" - he has written a racy, lucid and very well-informed account of the last years of New Labour. ”

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“A tale of treachery, dishonest, expletives, un-deleted, and the subversion of elected governments by a talented rogue employee who was allowed to run rings round the system, largely unchecked.”

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Total Politics

“Reading Power Trip, one is both fascinated and appalled by McBride’s brutal philosophy, self-deception and pride in twisting the truth. What drives him from the first time he is asked to do some work for Brown is his love and admiration for this most unlovable politician.”

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Toby Young, The Telegraph

“Best Political Book of the Year”

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Mark D'Arcy, BOOKtalk

“For me the undisputed political book of the year has to be [Power Trip] - disgraced spin doctor Damian McBride's occasionally terrifying account of his life and work in the court of Gordon Brown. He gives an achingly vivid account of his role in New Labour's palace intrigues in his confessional memoir, Power Trip. And he managed to shock even Westminster insiders who'd had an occasional glimpse of his activities... [T]here are enough accounts of systemic leaking and brutal smears to provide a horribly revealing insight into the seamy side of political life. And it's very well written.”

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