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  • superb ... Wooldridge, the political editor of The Economist, quite brilliantly evokes the values and manners of the pluto-meritocrats at the top of society ... They would do well to read Wooldridge's erudite, thoughtful and magnificently entertaining book. They will find many uncomfortable truths in it.

    James Marriott, The Times
  • The Aristocracy of Talent is finely constructed: fluent insights include the importance of Plato's distrust of democracy, on the grounds that it tended to lead to tyranny, and his insistence on the need for a leadership of experts.

    John Lloyd, Financial Times
  • This masterly book offers a robust defence of meritocracy.

    Lord Willetts, Economist
  • hugely stimulating ... a spirited defence ... of meritocracy itself, made with cogent arguments ... a valuable, thought-provoking book

    Noel Malcolm, Daily Telegraph
  • a timely book that is a reminder that meritocracy, for all its flaws, may well be, like the democracy it has sometimes served, better than the alternatives ... told with a wealth of erudition in brisk and readable prose

    Darrin M McMahon, Literary Review
  • The Aristocracy of Talent is both an exhaustively researched history of an idea and a many-sided examination of the impacts of its imperfect execution.

    Mike Jakeman, Strategy + Business
  • There are few terms whose origins are more misunderstood than "meritocracy". So Adrian Wooldridge has performed a public service with his latest book, The Aristocracy of Talent.

    Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times
  • kudos to Adrian Wooldridge... for producing a full-throated defence of the principle

    Toby Young, Spectator
  • an omniscient and impassioned polemic ... Some of us have been waiting a long time for someone to do what Wooldridge has done: nail the lie that there is something shameful about success honestly earned

    Daniel Johnson, The Critic
  • Adrian Wooldridge relabels the system "pluto-meritocracy" to expose its sham ideology

    Philip Aldrick, The Times

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