What is your top political book/show/film from 2022?

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve read at least one political(-ish) book and seen at least one political(-ish) TV show or drama this year. Whether it’s something that was new out in the last year, or an oldie that you came across for the first time, what were your favourites this year?

When I asked that a couple of years back, some great suggestions came in via Facebook and via the comments below. So let’s see what the last year has been like…

9 responses to “What is your top political book/show/film from 2022?”

  1. John Le Carre died, and I think most of us enjoyed his writing. Farewell.

    I’ve read some of the Len Deighton books which I couldn’t find in second hand shops a few years ago.

  2. Sasha Swire – Diary of an MP’s Wife.

    Don’t agree with most of what she says, but she really tells it well.

  3. The West Wing, which we’re now watching for at least the third time, remains the benchmark in ‘how to’ manage challenging situations, often three in one day!

  4. “The Unlikely Murderer” on Netflix. Olaf Palme’s unsolved murder altered the trajectory of Europe’s politics striking a body-blow to the social-democratic post-war projects by alliances of big businesses and the governing elites to deliver generous welfare states and in doing so prevent the rise of political extremism. To watch this accurately reconstructed pseudo-documentary makes you realise how very fragile all of it was. Take one loner, an incompetent police officer or two…

  5. Don’t Look Up – film. Showing the absolute corruption of the press and neoliberalism and how it is destroying truth and democracy. A must see.

  6. Fifty years of environmental activism seems to have done little to stop environmental degradation, but ‘Wilding: The return of nature to a British farm’ by Isabella Tree is a book that gives you hope.

  7. ‘When Giants Ruled the Sky’ John Geoghegan 2021 whilst not a political book [it is about the end of rigid airship technology in the USA] is very political in that it shows how a combination of negative, and financially interested, propaganda combined with accidents in a developing technology, although not out of the ordinary in similar new development, had a terminal effect on future improvement and terminated any further construction. Arguably, the world has been trying to catch up – moving equipment and people to remote or difficult to access locations – every since.

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