Unleashing Demons

  • by Craig Oliver
  • Narrated by Craig Oliver
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 II.
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 colourful anecdotes from behind the closed doors of the campaign that changed British history.

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What the Critics Say

"Utterly fascinating.... I suspect that every historian of the period will regard it as indispensable to appreciating this extraordinary phase in our history." (John Simpson)
"The compelling insider's account of the man who was at the centre of the Downing Street web." (Nick Robinson)
"This is one of the most vivid, frank and exciting inside accounts to have been written for years." (Anthony Seldon)
"A gripping fly-on-the-wall account of the frenzy in Downing Street during the EU campaign." (Robert Peston)

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Customer Reviews

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A partisan attempt to refight the battles

Would you try another book written by Craig Oliver or narrated by Craig Oliver?

I don't think I would choose another book by this author. The narration was rushed and breathy, but the main issue was that this was a clearly partisan attempt to re-spin an already lost debate. I appreciate that Mr Oliver is a spin doctor by profession, and I have read a lot of political autobiographies that attempt the same thing - but this a particularly egregious and transparent example.


What could Craig Oliver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Be more objective. His treatment of the facts was far too heavily skewed by his own position on the issues.


What three words best describe Craig Oliver’s performance?

Amateurish, rushed, breathy


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I got to the end of it!


Any additional comments?

Its a shame that the country has been denied a more balanced and less partisan view of the referendum campaign. I appreciate that it was a race to publish, but it would be interesting to see if he would have written it differently after 5 years has elapsed.

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- Williams and Company R Stafford

A genuine eye-opener

A newspaper reviewer highlights the fact that in the book author's opinion, only he (Craig Oliver) and the Prime Minister at the time (David Cameron). "got it right".
That's the wrong mindset in which to listen to this book.This is an wholly idiosyncratic but sincere insider account of a turbulent period in British politics. Knowing the outcome of the Referendum, I listened to and marvelled at the manipulations of other politicians who were more intent on furthering their individual careers than being loyal to the man who led the Conservative Party back into power.
The interaction between the BBC and Downing Street, and between the latter and print journalists is equally absorbing.
This book is too "raw" and hastily-written to be well structured prose, but what a disturbing insight it provides into the machinations of those who seek to govern us. The author's delivery is too garbled at times, but this is a fascinating book that I would highly recommend listening to, but beware it will destroy any remaining trust one has in democratic politics.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-10-2016
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton