I don't know how this masterpiece of satire and politics, journalism, herd instincts, disinformation, and British class consciousness escapes constant mention in today's world. It is one of the few books that makes me laugh out loud while reading it. Briefly, though a social mix-up, the country life columnist of the Daily Beast gets sent to Ishmalia to cover a breaking story of war. In his generous ineptitude and passivity, he stumbles into the real story. Cable news frenzy, oligarchic liars, orange-faced putincrats, it's all here.