Launch of The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power) by Harry Browne

The Frontman - by Harry Browne will be launched in Charlie Byrne's BookshopJoin us for the launch of The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power), by Harry Browne, this Friday the 6th of September, at 6.30pm, with a special introduction by Michael McCaughan.Harry Browne's new controversial biography of Bono, published by Verso, has received a critical welcome and Terry Eagleton summarizes the success of Browne's scathing critique in his Guardian review "Browne's case is simple but devastating. As a multimillionaire investor, world-class tax avoider, pal of Bush and Blair and crony of the bankers and neo-cons, Bono has lent credence to the global forces that wreak much of the havoc he is eager to mop up. His technocratic, west-centred, corporation-friendly campaigns have driven him into one false solution, unsavoury alliance and embarrassing debacle after another. The poor for him, Browne claims, exist largely as objects of the west's charity. They are not seen as capable of the kind of militant mobilisation that might threaten western interests". Listen to manager Vinny interview Harry Browne about the book and the upcoming launch on his Galway Bay Fm Arts Show podcast!About The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power):

Celebrity philanthropy comes in many guises, but no single figure better encapsulates its delusions, pretensions and wrongheadedness than U2’s iconic frontman, Bono—a fact neither sunglasses nor leather pants can hide. More than a mere philanthropist—indeed, he is said to lag behind some peers when it comes to parting with his own money—Bono is better described as an advocate, one who has become an unwitting symbol of a complacent wealthy Western elite.

The Frontman shows how Bono defended U2's partial move to Amsterdam, avoiding Irish taxes; his paternalistic advocacy of neoliberal solutions in Africa; his multinational business interests; and his hobnobbing with Paul Wolfowitz and shock-doctrine economist Jeffrey Sachs. Carefully dissecting the rhetoric and actions of Bono the political operator, The Frontman argues that he is an ambassador for imperial exploitation, a man who has turned his attention to a world of savage injustice, inequality and exploitation—and helped make it worse.About Harry Browne:Harry Browne is a lecturer in the School of Creative Arts and Media at Dublin Institute of Technology. His journalism has appeared in CounterPunch, The Dublin Review, Irish TimesSunday Times, and many other newspapers. His previous book Hammered by the Irish: How the Pitstop Ploughshares Disabled a US War Plane - With Ireland's Blessing, was also launched in Charlie Byrne's. The launch takes place on Friday the 6th of September, at 6.30pm, in our Middle Street shop, and everyone is welcome to attend!