Nothing but a circus: misadventures among the powerful

Nothing but a Circus: Misadventures among the Powerful, by Daniel Levin

Most of us glean an understanding of wealth and power from the breathless media outlets that report on them. In Daniel Levin’s case, he spent 20 years engaging with the “vain, back-stabbing tools” who make up the politico-financial elite. And in Nothing but a Circus he delivers an informative, funny, cringe-worthy account of these people at work and play.

“Let me tell you something, son,” one US congressman tells him. “Where I come from, it’s generally not considered a very good idea to correct a senior member of the United States Congress.”

“Nothing but a Circus is an at times engrossing read that leaves you wondering who could feel at home in this world.” The Times, London

In this eye-opening exploration of the human weaknesses for power, Daniel Levin takes us on a hilarious journey through the absurd world of our global elites, drawing unforgettable sketches of some of the puppets who stand guard, and the jugglers and conjurers employed within. Most spectacular of all, however, are the astonishing contortions performed by those closest to the top in order to maintain the illusion of integrity, decency, and public service.

Based on the author’s first hand experiences of dealing with governments and political institutions around the world, Nothing but a Circus offers a rare glimpse of the conversations that happen behind closed doors, observing the appalling lengths that people go to in order to justify their unscrupulous choices, from Dubai to Luanda, Moscow to Beijing, and at the heart of the UN and the US government.