How I Became the Mayor of A Large City in Iceland and Changed the World

eBook - 2014
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"It all started when Jón Gnarr founded the Best Party in 2009 to satirize his country's political system. The financial collapse in Iceland had, after all, precipitated the world-wide meltdown, and fomented widespread protest over the country's leadership. Entering the race for mayor of Reykjavík, Iceland's capital, Gnarr promised to get the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park into downtown parks, free towels at public swimming pools, a 'drug-free Parliament by 2020,' and he swore he'd break all his campaign promises. Something strange started happening: his campaign began to succeed. The Best Party emerged as the biggest winner. Gnarr promptly proposed a coalition government, although he ruled out partners who had not seen all five seasons of The Wire. 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 and police stations in the Bronx to see if they had found his lost wallet) was soon meeting international leaders and being taken seriously as the mayor of a European capital. Here, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Brooklyn : Melville House, [2014]
ISBN: 9781612194141
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jun 16, 2018

Jón Gnarr Kristinsson - an Icelandic actor, comedian, and politician - became the Mayor of Reykjavík in 2010.

Jón Gnarr was interviewed by Craig Ferguson for ''Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'', which was broadcasted on Thursday 2014 July 31st (and reRun Friday 2014 August 29th).

Here is the link for that interview ★

The book is insightful about Icelandic politics, prior to the founding of the (new) 3rd party - the ''BEST PARTY''. ★ The writting style of Jón Gnarr is funny, concise, and politically provocative for every (same-old/same-old) two-party nation.

~> thumbs up !

Mar 09, 2015

Funny, entertaining and interesting, Jon Gnarr has something to say about democracy, citizen participation, politics, creativity and most of all, having a good time!


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