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Unleashing Demons

The Uncivil War

Craig Oliver

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Hodder & Stoughton
13 June 2017
History; European history; Elections & referenda; EU & European institutions; Public opinion & polls
As David Cameron's director of Politics and communications, Craig Oliver was in the room at every key moment during the EU referendum - the biggest political event in the UK since World War 2.

Craig Oliver worked with all the players, including David Cameron, George Osbourne, Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Jeremy Corbyn, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Theresa May and Peter Mandelson.

Unleashing Demons is based on his extensive notes, detailing everything from the decision to call a referendum, to the subsequent civil war in the Conservative Party and the aftermath of the shocking result.

This is raw history at its very best, packed with enthralling detail and colorful anecdotes from behind the closed doors of the campaign that changed British history.
By:   Craig Oliver
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 141mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   332g
ISBN:   9781473652484
ISBN 10:   1473652480
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   13 June 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Before entering 10 Downing Street as Director of Politics and Communications, Craig Oliver was an award-wining journalist. His roles included editing the BBC's News at Six and Ten, Controller of the World Service and Executive Editor of ITV's flagship news programmes. He has three daughters and lives in London.

Reviews for Unleashing Demons: The inspiration behind Channel 4 drama Brexit: The Uncivil War

A gripping fly-on-the-wall account of the frenzy in Downing Street during the EU campaign. * Robert Peston * Wish you could have been a fly on the wall of Number 10 during the EU referendum campaign? No need. This is the compelling insider's account of the man who was at the centre of the Downing Street web as David Cameron took the decisions which led to Britain voting to leave the EU. * Nick Robinson * Part memoir, part diary, this is one of the most vivid, frank and exciting inside accounts to have been written for years. It points its forensic beam into the inner sanctums of power during one of the most crucial episodes in British history since the war. Stunning and highly readable. It will make uncomfortable reading for a few, but hugely enlightening and enjoyable reading for the many. * Anthony Seldon * Craig Oliver's account of his time as David Cameron's Director of Communications in Downing Street during the EU referendum will almost certainly prove to be the most important document for understanding what happened and why it all ended as it did. Oliver has managed the difficult trick of being frank as well as loyal, and his words have a remarkable immediacy. I found his book utterly fascinating, and I suspect that every historian of the period will regard it as indispensable to appreciating this extraordinary phase in our history. * John Simpson *


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