The State of Us: What I've learned about politics, humanity and our world by Jon Snow


March 2023/7 March 2024

We are living through a time of tremendous upheaval. Society is growing ever more unequal, and elites increasingly detached, with the Honourable Members ensconced in their Upper and Lower Houses. Jon Snow's own wake up call was the Grenfell Tower fire when, gazing up at the smoke still pouring from the building in the early hours, he felt the weight of the obligation as a journalist to understand what had happened, and to ask what kind of society we want to live in.

Tracing key moments in Snow's incredible career, from getting thrown out of university for protesting apartheid to his reporting as history was made everywhere from America to Iran, The State of Us shows how the greatest problems at home and abroad so often come down to inequality and an unwillingness to confront it. One of the best ways that we can challenge unfairness is by getting the news out, but traditional media have been facing their own battles recently, with local news collapsing and big tech companies decimating revenues.

In this passionate rallying cry, Jon Snow argues that we can do better. The time in which we live is undeniably full of challenges, but it is also full of potential. If we begin by telling the truth about our situation and then do something about it, the coming years have the potential to be a new golden age.

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