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Why the Daily Mail hates Britain

A gripping and very funny account of the newspaper reveals its brutal brilliance

By Michael White   May 2017

In contempt: the Daily Mail in full attack-dog mode ©Benjamin Fathers/AFP/Getty Images

Mail Men: The Unauthorised Story of the Daily Mail, the Paper that Divided and Conquered Britainby Adrian Addison (Atlantic, £20)

In the unlikely event that liberal readers will approach this book with vengeful relish, they will be disappointed. Their hopes for an aggressive dissection of the harm the Daily Mail has repeatedly done to British public life since the stridently right-wing newspaper was born in 1896 will evaporate as the author, Adrian Addison, tells his surprisingly jaunty…

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