Monday, September 22, 2008
The Political Animal: An Anatomy by Jeremy Paxman
Jeremy Paxman is of course a noted, and caustic, political interviewer, regularly terrorizing politicians on Newsnight and offering up great political theatre for the viewer. His book is characteristically full of strongly held opinions, and while he finds politicians an odd species, he doesn't dislike them. Indeed, he is at times very positive about them, although he raises plenty of questions about the nature of the British political system that breeds them. This is an excellent general read, even if some political academics (Philip Cowley for instance) hate it. As the journalist-interviewer, after all, Paxman almost operates as a sort of unelected tribune of the people in his quest to get answers from our representatives.