Gifts for Political Nerds 2021

Our ideas for gifts for political nerds will help you to pick an awesome gift for your savvy chum.

The world continues to experience dramatic change and challenge, so how can we keep up? These gift ideas will help keep your chums in the know.

From Populism, the new Biden Administration, to the Trump legacy and the Johnson years, we have serious gifts and a few fun gifts thrown in along the way.

Populism, Nationalism and Racism

Populism: Before and After the Pandemic by Michael Burleigh

We are said to be living in an age of anger, and national populist movements are often identified as its political manifestation. In Populism Michael Burleigh explores this new global era, drawing on his Engelsberg Lectures. 

How Britain Ends: English Nationalism and the Rebirth of Four Nations by Gavin Esler

How Britain Ends is a book about history, but also about the strange, complicated identity of Britishness. In the past, it was possible to live with delightful confusion: one could be English, or British, Scottish or Irish and a citizen/subject of the United Kingdom (or Great Britain). For years that state has been what Gavin Esler calls a ‘secret federation’, but without the explicit federal arrangements that allow Germany or the USA to survive.

The Assault on Truth: Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and the Emergence of a New Moral Barbarism by Peter Oborne

This book argues that the ruthless use of political deceit under the Johnson government is part of a wider attack on civilised values and traditional institutions across the Western world, especially by Donald Trump in the USA. The Johnson and Trump methodology of deceit is about securing power for its own ends – even when they get exposed for lying, they shrug it off as a matter of no consequence. 

Jews Don’t Count by David Baddiel

Jews Don’t Count is a book for people who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism. People, possibly, like you.
It is the comedian and writer David Baddiel’s contention that one type of racism has been left out of this fight.

The Biden Administration

Joe Biden: American Dreamer by Evan Osnos

The Guardian sums it up beautifully: “Treads back along the trail of horrendous tragedies, dashed hopes and dramatic implosions that preceded Biden’s improbable third run at the presidency . . . It is impossible to come away from Osnos’s biography without a sense of awe at what Biden has overcome to arrive at this point . . . Osnos has written a fast-paced biography that draws on extensive interviews with his subject, as well as with Obama and a host of Democratic party heavyweights.” 

The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris

Kamala D. Harris is the first woman and woman of colour to be elected vice president, a lifelong public safety and civil rights leader, who served until recently as a U.S. Senator from California.

Read Harris’s New York Times bestselling book about the core truths that unite us and the shared values that will see us into the future.

Biden Colouring Book

This Joe Biden colouring book is perfect for the artist in your life! Enjoy colouring pages of the democratic commander in chief. Each colouring page of the American president is single sided to prevent bleed through. Colouring enthusiasts will enjoy colouring these images of Joseph Biden.

Trump’s Legacy

Donald Trump’s impact on US politics will likely be felt for years to come. The following books consider Trump the man, the policitcian and his impact on the US.

Too Much and Never Enough: How my Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L Trump

In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security and social fabric.

Rage by Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is one of the journalists who uncovered the Watergate Scandal in the 1970s, so he is an incon in the world of political reporting.

Rage reports on the Trump Presidency as it faces the global pandemic, economic disaster and racial unrest.

A Ladybird Book About Donald Trump (Ladybirds for GrownUps)

Anyone can grow up to be President. Or they can become President first, and think about growing up later.

A Ladybird Book about Donald Trump: A charming introduction for confused adults to the President of the United States, the important jobs he has to do, and the friends he’s made all over the world.

This book will unpack all the complexities of Donald Trump for confused adults, with distinctive Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups wit and wisdom. The large clear script, the careful choice of words, the frequent repetition and the thoughtful matching of text with pictures all enable grown-ups to think they have taught themselves to cope.

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson: The Gambler by Tom Bower

Just who is Boris Johnson?

As divisive as he is beguiling, as misunderstood as he is scrutinised, Boris Johnson is a singular figure.

Based on a wealth of new interviews and research, this is the deepest, most rounded and most comprehensive portrait to date of the man, the mind, the politics, the affairs, the family – of a loner, a lover, a leader.

Revelatory, unsettling and compulsively readable, it is the most timely and indispensable book yet from Britain’s leading investigative biographer.

Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition by Sonia Purnell

A major and controversial biography of one of the most compelling and contradictory figures in modern British life. Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, to most of us he is just Boris the only politician of the age to be regarded in such familiar, even affectionate terms.

Boris: The Adventures of Boris Johnson by Andrew Gimson

The making of a Prime Minister.
‘My biography of the year’ Michael Crick.
‘The scariest thing I’ve read since Silence of the Lambs‘ Ken Livingstone.

The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History by Boris Johnson

Let us not forget that Boris Johnson is a scholar and historian as well as a politician. Written in 2015, this biography of Churchill is a delight.

A characteristically breathless romp through the life and times of our greatest wartime leader…high on entertainment as it is on providing an appraisal of the great man’s achievements. ― Telegraph

Seventy-Two Virgins by Boris Johnson

And Boris is a novellist…

‘At the centre of his first novel, a light comedy, is a terrorist plot of frightening ingenuity…the comedy is reminiscent of Tom Sharpe.’ Sunday Times. Boris amazingly found the time this year to write his first novel.

Other explosive gifts for political nerds

The Power of Geography: Ten Maps that Reveal the Future of Our World by Tim Marshall

In this revelatory new book, Marshall takes us into ten regions that are set to shape global politics and power. Find out why the Earth’s atmosphere is the world’s next battleground; why the fight for the Pacific is just beginning; and why Europe’s next refugee crisis is closer than it thinks.

Airhead: The Imperfect Art of Making News by Emily Maitlis

The insightful, hilarious and engrossing memoir from one of our most eminent TV broadcasters, Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis, as she takes you behind the scenes of the biggest news stories in recent years.

‘A deliciously funny book about the high-wire act of broadcasting and the madness that surrounds it’ The Times.

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall

“Quite simply, one of the best books about geopolitics you could imagine: reading it is like having a light shone on your understanding… Marshall is clear-headed, lucid and possessed of an almost uncanny ability to make the broad picture accessible and coherent … the book is, in a way which astonished me, given the complexities of the subject, unputdownable… I can’t think of another book that explains the world situation so well.” — Nicholas Lezard, Evening Standard

The Establishment: And how they get away with it

A passionate account of political and economic injustice (Observer). Not really a book full of festive cheer, but a cracking read nevertheless.

Barack and Michelle Obama

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency-a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

Brexit

The Great Betrayal by Ron Middle

The Great Betrayal tells the story of a failed Brexit and a betrayal of the British people, drawn from interviews with those at the very centre of what became, in the end, a surreal charade.

Blind Man’s Brexit: How the EU took control of Brexit

With all the political infighting in British politics over Brexit dominating the news cycle, we almost forgot who we were negotiating with. Now, in Blind Man’s Brexit, we get to see and hear exactly what was going on in the corridors of power in Brussels, and how the EU comprehensively outmanoeuvred the UK government.

The Brexit Club: The Inside Story of the Leave Campaign’s Shock Victory

Charting the crusade from the massing of the UKIP foot soldiers after the general election to the arrival of the Cabinet cavalry after Cameron’s Brussels deal and the dramatic final weeks’ fighting on battle buses, The Brexit Club reveals the truth behind the campaign that divided friends, families and, ultimately, the country.

Head of State: The Bestselling Brexit Thriller

Hindsight is a wonderful thing; this is an even better read now that the referendum is behind us. An interesting and prophetic romp of a story by Andrew Marr, we loved it!

Brexit mug

For all proud Brexit voters, a mug to celebrate the UK Independence Day of 23rd June 2016.

Remain mug

A mug for those on the other side of the Brexit debate, stating “Don’t blame me I voted Remain.”

Other politicians

Teresa May

May at 10 by Anthony Seldon

Theresa May has presided over the most dramatic and historic peacetime premiership for a century. May at 10 tells the compelling inside story of the most turbulent period in modern British politics for 100 years.

David Cameron

For the record: David Cameron

David Cameron was elected Conservative leader in 2005 and in 2010 became Prime Minister after forming the UK’s first coalition government for 70 years. Following five years of economic transformation and radical reform, he won the first Conservative majority in a quarter of a century. In 2016 he stood down after his referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union resulted in a vote to leave. We predict this will be one of the most popular gifts for political nerds this Christmas.

Cameron at 10: The Verdict

A searching analysis of the Cameron years, as told to the authors by key players within the Government, including Cameron himself. Originally written about the Coalition years, this has been updated to include the Brexit story.

Call Me Dave: The Unauthorised Biography of David Cameron

The widely quoted seminal work by Lord Ashcroft, it includes the pig-gate story that helped sensationalise its publication. It nevertheless is a must read to better understand the Cameron psyche.

Jeremy Corbyn

Dangerous Hero: Corbyn’s Ruthless Plot of Power by Tom Bower

‘Meticulous and highly readable … Funny and devastating’ Daily Telegraph

‘The most compelling in-depth study so far’ Guardian

A gripping expose of the man, his politics and what Corbyn in Downing Street could mean for Britain.

Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics

An intelligent analysis of the rise of Jeremy Corbyn and what this means for British Politics. A political best seller.

The Corbyn Colouring Book

A brilliantly humorous gift for all political nerds. Just add crayons and your own style.

Politics: Between The Extremes by Nick Clegg

“Essential reading for anyone fearful of the rise of populist extremism or who thinks coalitions are the future of British politics” (Robert Peston)

“This is an important book: a revealing analysis of British politics today and why it urgently needs reform” (Shirley Williams)

The Long and Winding Road by Alan Johnson

From the condemned slums of Southam Street in West London to the corridors of power in Westminster, Alan Johnson’s multi-award-winning autobiography charts an extraordinary journey, almost unimaginable in today’s Britain.

Jacob’s Ladder by Michael Ashcroft

Jacob Rees-Mogg is one of the most prominent and controversial figures in contemporary British politics. He is a man who divides opinion in his own party, in Parliament and across the country.

Michael Gove: A Man in a Hurry by Owen Bennett

Michael Gove is one of the most recognisable faces in British politics and one of the most divisive. Whether it’s taking on the education blob, acting as frontman of the Brexit campaign or orchestrating one of the bloodiest political assassinations in the history of British politics, Gove is a man who makes things happen.

 

Broken Vows: Tony Blair The Tragedy of Power

‘Bower delivers a devastating indictment . . . I will bet my socks that his account of the events that led to the Iraq war is more comprehensive that Chilcot, far more forthright in identifying the guilty men and informed by better judgement.’ (Max Hastings Daily Mail)

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