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Gnarr : how I became the mayor of a large city in Iceland and changed the world

Author: Jón Gnarr
Publisher: Brooklyn : Melville House, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It all started in 2009 when Jón Gnarr founded the Best Party to satirize Iceland's leadership, which had precipitated the world-wide economic meltdown. Entering the race for mayor of Reykjavík, Iceland's capital, Gnarr promised to get the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park into downtown parks and to have a "drug-free Parliament by 2020." He also promised he'd break all his campaign promises. But then something strange  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Autobiographies
Additional Physical Format: Electronic version:
Jón Gnarr, 1967-
Gnarr.
New York : Melville House, [2014]
(OCoLC)881469637
Named Person: Jón Gnarr; Jón Gnarr
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jón Gnarr
ISBN: 9781612194370 1612194370 9781612194134 1612194133
OCLC Number: 879400311
Description: xi, 177 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. The future --
2. Iceland --
3. Send in the clown --
4. The politics of my youth --
5. Punk --
6. Being silly --
7. The financial crash --
8. The third way --
9. What you need to be a politician --
10. Our goals: a new kind of political program --
11. Democracy --
12. The campaign --
13. The Best Party: we are better than all the others --
14. Joke! --
15. After the election --
16. Our moral code --
17. Becoming mayor --
18. A clown in city hall --
19. Wu Wei --
20. My family --
21. Interview with Johanna (Joga) Johannsdottir --
22. Facebook and co. --
23. Stress --
24. Reykjavik --
City of Peace --
25. International politics --
26. A letter to Barack Obama --
27. NATO --
28. The world is getting better and better --
29. Repression --
30. And now? --
31. The end --
32. Inside Iceland.
Other Titles: Hören Sie gut zu und wiederholen Sie!!!
Responsibility: Jón Gnarr ; translated by Andrew Brown.

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"It all started in 2009 when Jón Gnarr founded the Best Party to satirize Iceland's leadership, which had precipitated the world-wide economic meltdown. Entering the race for mayor of Reykjavík, Iceland's capital, Gnarr promised to get the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park into downtown parks and to have a "drug-free Parliament by 2020." He also promised he'd break all his campaign promises. But then something strange happened: the Best Party emerged as the biggest vote-getter in the election. And just like that, a man whose previous foreign-relations experience consisted of a radio show in which he regularly crank-called the White House was soon meeting international leaders and being taken seriously as the mayor of a European capital. In this memoir, Gnarr recounts how it all happened and, with admirable candor, describes his vision of a more enlightened politics for the future. The point, he writes, is not to be afraid to get involved--or to take on the system"--

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