History , Politics, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 30/03/2023
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Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, David Cameron, George Osborne, Theresa May, Dominic Cummings, Daniel Hannan, Jacob Rees-Mogg: Oxford has produced most of the prominent Conservative politicians of our time. The university newspapers of thirty years ago are full of recognisable names in news stories, photos of social events, and Bullingdon Club reports. Many walked straight out of the world of student debates onto the national stage. Unfortunately, they brought their university politics with them.

Eleven of the fifteen postwar British prime ministers went to Oxford. This narrowest of talent pools has shaped the modern country. In Chums, Simon Kuper traces how the rarefied and privileged atmosphere of Oxford University - and the friendships and worldviews it created - helped give us today's Britain, including Brexit.

  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781788167390
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Weight: 209g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 18 mm

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If you are stunned by the lack of competence in the Cabinet, read this book
I found this book very readable stunningly witty, and explained many issues I have with the modern cabinet. It helpfully lays out in grim detail how the my... READ MORE
Michael Crompton
Intriguing - and scary!
An excellent study. Very readable and very enlightening re current state of British politics.
Lynne Reast
Chums by Simon Kuper-Review by Samuel Miller Sunday 22 October 2023
This book details the relationship between private schools, universities, and Politics namely Eton, Harrow, Cambridge, Oxford, and the Political Parties, i... READ MORE
Samuel Miller
Wrong sort of PPE
This potent little book is the best explanation of Brexit and the chaotic management of the Covid 19 pandemic I have read.It is also an insightful look at ... READ MORE
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