Century, $35 pb, 384 pp, 9781780893051
Russell Brand made headlines when he revealed in an animated interview with Jeremy Paxman that he had never voted. Fresh from guest-editing an issue of New Statesman, Brand had issued a call to overthrow the system responsible for the income disparities and environmental degradation in the world today – but refused, or was unable, to explain how this would happen.
Revolution is Brand’s attempt to flesh out what this uprising would look like. Unfortunately, though not unexpectedly, the 100,000-word tome doesn’t outline why we need a revolution in any greater detail than the ten-minute interview. In fact, he never really argues anything in the generally accepted sense of the term – it is all so damned obvious he doesn’t need to.