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The State of Us

The good news and the bad news about our society

Jon Snow author


Publisher:Transworld Publishers Ltd

Published:2nd Mar '23


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'A fascinating call to arms full of insight' Independent

After four decades broadcasting to the nation each night, Jon Snow gives vent to his opinions on the state of our nation . . . the good news and the bad news

It is rare in history that so many nations in the developed world are in crisis at the same time. There has been a disintegration of trust in political leaders and in the media that holds them to account. For all the progress humankind has made, for all the inventions and new technologies, our society is being undermined by inequality. To fix it, we must begin by seeking out the truth about our world.

In The State of Us, Jon Snow traces how the life of the nation has changed across his five-decade career, from getting thrown out of university for protesting apartheid to interviewing every prime minister since Margaret Thatcher.

In doing so, he shows how the greatest problems at home and abroad so often come down to inequality and an unwillingness to confront it. But that is not our fate. Despite the challenges, Snow has witnessed profound social progress. In this passionate rallying cry, he argues that at its best, journalism reflects not just who we are now, but who we can be.

We've had enough of division; the future is for us.

A call to arms from one of the great television journalists of his generation -- Robert McCrum
Now he can finally tell us what he really thinks about everything... His book represents a break in a half-century of silence; and it is trenchant in surprising ways. -- Zoe Williams * Guardian *
The State of Us looks at how Britain has changed in Snow's lifetime... His argument is supported by shocking statistics... Snow builds a strong case. * The Tablet *
A fascinating call to arms full of insight * Independent *
A rallying cry for change... In The State of Us,Snow untethers himself from the ropes of broadcasting impartiality and finally lets fly his opinions on everything from government spending to Boris Johnson to the Iraq War started by Tony Blair... It's serious stuff, yet there is also a deftness to Snow's writing. * Irish Times *

ISBN: 9781787635708

Dimensions: 242mm x 160mm x 28mm

Weight: 438g

288 pages