Celebrity: How Entertainers Took Over the World and why We Need an Exit Strategy

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Harvill Secker, 2009 - Celebrities - 238 pages
"Do you wonder where it s all going to end? Does the word celebrity sound like a fifth horseman of the apocalypse? Then this book is for you- an invaluable primer to the celebriscape, a world expanding twice as fast as the universe it inhabits. Celebrity is a coruscating, hilarious guide to a world in which it is considered reasonable that Angelina Jolie advises on the Iraqi reconstruction effort, Charlie Sheen analyses 9/11, and in which Jude Law s views on the Taliban are reported. Anatomising every aspect of our crazed world, Celebrity tackles the big topics, including 'Celebrity Activism- when celebrities care', 'Celebrities and the Middle East- a troubled region's brightest hope?', and 'Celebrity Religions- who do the worshipped worship?'. Celebrity is a roadmap, a survivalist s guide, a Rosetta Stone for our times- without a copy you are not equipped to engage with the world."

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I thought this was a fabulous book - funny, readable, bitchy, yet with some massively serious points to make. Why do we have to have Tom Cruise's opinion on everything from the starving masses to some ... Read full review

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I’ve been gleefully devouring Hello magazine since the early 1990s, while simultaneously despising every celebrity sell-my-story sad-sack in there. This dual love/loathing for celebrity culture ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Marina Hyde read English at Christ Church, Oxford, and started in journalism as a temporary secretary on the Sun's showbiz desk. She has worked at the Guardiansince 2000, where her three weekly columns - on sport, celebrity and politics - have won her a reputation as one of the funniest and most admired journalists in the UK. She lives in London.

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