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Duterte Harry


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The first biography of Rodrigo Duterte, the murderous, unpredictable President of the Philippines, whose war on drugs has seen thousands of people killed in cold blood.

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Jonathan Miller is Channel 4's Asia Correspondent based in Bangkok. Three months after Rodrigo Duterte was elected in the President's southern home city of Davao, Jonathan became the first foreign journalist to challenge him face-to-face on the devastation wrought by his controversial and deadly war on drugs. Jonathan was born in Derry, Ireland, and has lived much of his life in Southeast Asia, including correspondent postings with the BBC.


'Among the most skilled and lyrical correspondents that I know: Miller describes the grim actions of one of the most infernal leaders of the 21st Century. A shocking book - but one that demands to be read.' - Jon Snow `"Fire and fury" is the mentality of despots everywhere. Miller has terrifyingly captured that condition - bullying, threatening, vengeful, and lethal.' - Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury `This book will piss off the powerful, which is why you should read it ... With unflinching prose and the rigour of a veteran journalist, Jonathan Miller disrobes Rodrigo Duterte for all to see. Beyond the myths and propaganda of [Duterte's] supporters, the Filipino politician is here paraded nakedly, with his contradicting good intentions that involve bloody violence, broken promises, and the brazen perpetuation of dynastic patronage politics that continue to dismantle Asia's oldest free republic ... This portrait presents a cautionary tale of the kind of authoritarian rulers that stand to hijack any democracy if we citizens do not participate in protecting it while we still can.' - Miguel Syjuco, author of Ilustrado `Miller's fast-paced, lively narrative helps explain how an electoral insurgency led by a charismatic populist ... has put the Philippines on the road to authoritarian rule.' - Walden Bello, Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York and former Philippine Congressman (2009-15) `An invaluable portrait ... it deftly weaves Duterte's rise with the country's history of living through dictatorship and nearly making it across the line where some degree of economic prosperity and political maturity was making a dent on social inequality and impunity - before being rudely and brutally thrown into the mass grave that it has turned into.' - Ruben Carranza, Director, Reparative Justice Program of the International Centre for Transitional Justice `This story jumps out of the pages like a thriller. But it's all true. Duterte Harry makes Trump look tame.' - Hamish Macdonald 'Jonathan Miller has lifted the lid on a viper's nest. Duterte Harry is a terrifying insight into the abuse of democracy, and how we the people allow justice to die.' - Andrew O'Keefe AM, Seven Network `Rodrigo Duterte has been labelled by the US media "the Donald Trump of Asia" ... Miller talks to relatives of murdered drug users and, in unsettling detail, tells of children as young as five being caught in the savage crossfire.' - Sunday Territorian, four stars `This book lays it all out in shocking colour.' - The Saturday Paper `[V]ivid ... This is less a biography than an indictment, written in a terrific Manila-noir style that captures the sounds and smells of hot, humid nights with blood in the gutters, syrupy ballads on the radio, and wails of grief over ornate coffins.' - Michael Sheridan, The Sunday Times `This study of the foul-mouthed `gangster' by a writer who's lived in the country for yonks is a real eye-opener and a text book example of what can go wrong when limp or corrupt policies let a loon into the corridors of power.' - Jon Wise, Weekend Sport `Duterte Harry deftly guides readers through this warped political landscape to reveal the vulnerability of a tempestuous leader.' - The Economist `This book is a history, but also a fable in a time of increasing authoritarian populism. It is a great read, crackling with moral outrage.' - Weekend Australian

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