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

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Harvill Secker, 2009 - Celebrities - 238 pages
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These days, entertainers no longer just entertain: they advocate dubious 'religions', work for the United Nations, get face-time with heads of state and monopolise problems they are infinitely qualified to solve - problems like Africa, the Middle East, and AIDS.

We stand at the beginning of a bright new chapter in human history. Feast your eyes, then, on Sharon Stone's peace mission to Israel, on a world where Angelina Jolie advises on the Iraqi reconstruction effort or Charlie Sheen analyses 9/11, and in which Jude Law's attempts to establish contact with the Taliban are reported without irony.

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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For fans of her Guardian column, a whole book of Marina Hyde's acid-laced satire is manna from heaven. I bought this for a friend and could not resist reading bits of it before wrapping (I'm a ... Read full review

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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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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 Guardian since 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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