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The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power) (Counterblasts) 1st Edition

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“[A] brilliant and blistering book” —George Monbiot, Guardian

“[An] impressively well-researched polemic...Browne’s case is simple but devastating.” —Terry Eagleton, Guardian

“Sharp, funny and deadly accurate” —Doug Henwood

“You do need to [read The Frontman]. Not because you want to better understand Bono, let alone empathize with his plight, but because what topples is not only Bono’s stature but the excuses his chosen trade, liberal philanthropic paternalism, makes for itself.” —Dave Marsh, Counterpunch

“[A] punchy new tome ... Browne's opening paragraph reads: 'For nearly three decades as a public figure, and especially in this century, Bono has been, more often than not, advocating ineffective solutions, patronising the poor, and kissing the a*** of the rich and powerful.' That about covers it!” —Ephraim Hardcastle, Daily Mail

“‘As good a critique of ‘Ireland Inc’ as most of the after-the-fact books on political and financial corruption that are cramming the shelves of the nation’s bookshops.” —Rabble

“At last! A bracing take-no-prisoners polemic that acknowledges Bono’s practical contributions to a more humane version of global capitalism, but demonstrates how good intentions can be no alibi for fronting for the status quo.” —Alex de Waal, author of Famine Crimes: Politics and the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa and Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at the Fletcher School

“The U2 singer’s record on Africa, poverty and politics all take a beating ... The charges are stinging” —Sunday Times Ireland

“I’ve been waiting years for this book. It’s the stuff you instinctively knew about Bono – his increasingly desperate flirtations with power, his fundamentally conservative and religious motivation, his adherence to neo-liberal and essentially Republican capitalist economic strategies, his old-style crusader’s vision of Africa as another culture to be colonised, blimey even his slimy and unapologetic tax-dodging – all that stuff wrapped up in a grounded, inquisitive, even-handed bookful of research.” —Boff Walley, International Times

“Harry Browne’s book is not only a damning indictment of Bono’s work in tackling global poverty and injustice, it is an informative and instructive read that shows us the ‘heart of darkness’ that lies behind the message he advocates.” —Ceasefire

About the Author

Harry Browne is a Dublin-based activist and journalist who has written for the Irish Times, Sunday Times, Irish Daily Mail, Evening Herald and Sunday Tribune. He is the author of Hammered by the Irish: How the Pitstop Ploughshares Disabled a US War Plane – With Ireland’s Blessing.

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Product Details

  • Series: Counterblasts
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; 1 edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781680825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781680827
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As someone who owns more than a few U2 records, I bought this book on Amazon, read and enjoyed it -- and so could not disagree more with Anthony and the couple other cranky critics here.

First off, I went back to the book: the very first chapter says that the kid-dying-when-Bono-claps story is an "apocryphal" one, which, uh, means that a dictionary -- rather than the internet -- tells you the story is NOT true. Just saw a piece in The Guardian that quotes the -same- untrue story, because it's a bit funny!

And so I think folks need to lighten up, recognize that good humor may be the best way to take in new and fair criticism of a man whose music you and I really love. Should that music really exempt Bono from criticism about anything else he does? I found a pretty even-handed and exceptionally researched review of Bono's politics and public statements, which for the first time that I have read anywhere, suggest that he has done more damage than good during his forays into economic and foreign policy. You may not agree with those arguments, but I found the evidence pretty striking -- and I had not read it brought together anywhere before.

As for being "anti-American," I don't get that at all: is that because of the cover photo? Hey, Bono was the one who posed with George W. Bush, offering him political cover on Africa and AIDS policy during the run-up to the Iraq War. And while calling attention to the fact that Bono may have been used by Bush and Co. for political cover, the book actually gives Bono a lot of fair credit for what he has actually done around AIDS in Africa.

I think anyone should have the right to publicly question the disastrous foreign policy decisions of the last decade, ones that Bono has implicitly and explicitly supported. It's an eye-opening book and I recommend my fellow fans doing more than a cursory read of the first chapter.
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Another great book in what's turning out to be a great series. The truth isn't always popular but I applaud Harry Browne and Counterblasts for putting this out there. Bono's reputation as an advocate for the poor is undeserved to say the least and this book lays out why and reveals how Bono is actually advocate for the elite global power establishment. I suspect those who have given this book poor reviews are not people who have studied the problems of global poverty and don't understand that Bono's friends and allies are the very ones who maintain and profit off of poverty. Another great book in this series is Jeffrey Sachs: The Strange Case of Dr. Shock and Mr. Aid.
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When Bono sells charity, should we buy his good intentions? Without denying the practical good achieved by some of his projects, Harry Browne, a Dublin-based "activist and journalist", criticizes Bono's cozy neo-liberal, market-funded loyalties. Justice cannot be increased, Browne argues, without confronting this pampered elite. Browne denies that aid, debt relief, or even altered trade agreements will fundamentally alter global poverty for billions of its recipients. Bono makes peace with power.

Taking his subject "very" seriously but with a touch of Irish self-deprecation and "light relief" as Bono would himself his own self, Browne cautions us against any expectations of a hatchet job. Sure, many assure us that Bono means well. Browne, however, as one better placed than most of Paul Hewson's admirers, knows the reaction by fellow Dubliners to Ballymun's earnest lad turned icon. Irish begrudgery cuts down those judged to have climbed high.

Bono advanced by Browne's estimation to "true greatness" by his own sly but genuine merits, but does this success grant him a free pass to peddle the schemes of technocrats, bankers, and arms dealers? Browne says no. Rather than rehash U2's musical impact or Bono's lyrics (unless relevant), Browne's polemic analyzes Bono's political success. He shifts Bono from a "bleeding-heart" left-liberal to a "conservative, Western-centric, and pro-capitalist" allegiance.

Browne dispatches neatly the mythic origins assumed by gullible audiences of any street-smart cred, given U2's relatively posh origins despite their geographical residence as teens growing up on the purportedly working class northside of Dublin.
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Readers who don't like subtlety and shading in their exposes, or who can only react to the parts that fit their own expectations of what a takedown is supposed to sound like, beware. Browne's book is going to be full of surprises. Not only everything you didn't want to know about a musician-turned-philanthropist, a modestly accomplished artist who has burnished his legacy "doing well by doing good," but a lot that could almost make you feel sorry for him--for being sucked into the service of a manipulative world-corporate mafia infinitely smarter, more cynical and even more power-hungry than himself. Not that you should feel sorry! Bono's canny channeling of other people's money into his causes while carefully holding on to his own has made him a very rich man--a multimillionaire whose baked-in personal security will forever shield him from the Dublin scrunge he thinks he escaped from. The author's scrupulously-researched footnotes would be a shame to lose, but the dynamic pace and stinging insight of "The Frontman" would actually make great musical theater--a familiar kind of modern tragedy of those overblown dogooders who prove themselves in the end the dupes of history.
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