Devil's advocate - John HumphrysLondon: Hutchinson, 1999, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “John Humphrys has been a journalist for forty years — starting as a cub reporter on a tiny weekly newspaper and ending as one of the most respected broadcasters of his generation. He uses his experience to set in context the changes that have taken place in Britain over those years and to ask whether we, as a nation, are happy with the result. In many ways, he believes, we are not.
We have gained a great deal — we are much better off, much more tolerant — but Humphrys senses a deep unease. In place of a world in which there were many different influences telling us what life was all about, and what living a good life might involve, we now have a Britain in which a single voice is dominant and threatens to drown out other voices and other messages. That voice is consumer populism.
Its strength derives not just from the increasing commercialisation of our lives, but also from the media, which is itself under more and more pressure. Some of the effects include a coarsening of the fabric of daily life; an increasing domination of commercial values at the expense of all others; a growing thoughtlessness and even hysteria in public debate. We see our children losing their innocence at an ever earlier age and wonder why. We confuse genuine caring with wearing a ribbon.
John Humphrys has spent his working life at the ringside of history. In pursuit of the truth behind the headlines he speaks to prime ministers, prelates and to ordinary people. Devil’s Advocate is his first book. It asks some very awkward questions. It also issues a challenge — if we aren’t happy with the way things are in Britain today, what are we going to do about it?”