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Shattered Nation by Danny Dorling
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Sep 19, 2023 | ISBN 9781804293270

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“Dorling chooses facts over fiction, data over spin, reality over nostalgia in this sweeping overview of a badly fractured and weakened Britain. His carefully evidenced text documents the rapid ‘Americanisation’ of the British economy, the obscene rise in inequality and the savaging of Britain’s much admired public services. Above all, he draws attention to the economic, political and social fissures enfeebling a nation that only forty years ago was well regulated, fairer and vibrant”
—Ann Pettifor, author of The Case for the Green New Deal

“This book shows just how complicit mainstream politicians have been in Britain’s economic and moral decline, particularly when the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats launched their inexcusable ‘austerity’ policy in 2010. The book shows just how apt today is William Beveridge’s aphorism of 1942 that ‘it is a time for revolutions,not for patching”
—Guy Standing, author of The Corruption of Capitalism

“Brimming with lesser-known facts and compelling stories, Dorling’s latest book affirms the growing unease many of us have been feeling as public services languish and living standards decline. Shattered Nation presents an essential but devastating picture of a country stretched to breaking point. With characteristic care, clarity, and insight, Dorling dissects Britain’s geography of inequality, breaking down the crisis into a set of intertwined failings whose details will enrage and empower readers. A powerful and humane offering that shows us how the mess was made and urges us to lose no time in demanding something better.”
—Arianne Shahvisi, author of Arguing for a Better World: How to Talk About the Issues That Divide Us

“The self-deception that we are a nation of fairness and justice is systematically exploded by a calm and persistent use of factual observations of the lives of people, spread between the super rich and the increasingly poor and socially left behind, in all parts of the country … To read this could be depressing and disempowering, but that is not the intention. It is up to us, all of us, to be prepared to argue for a society that really does care for all”
—Jeremy Corbyn, MP

“Sobering, shocking and brilliantly incisive. A snap-shot of a divided nation and a powerful antidote to nostalgic fantasies.”
—David Olusoga, author of Black and British

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