Damian McBride was born in North London in 1974, the youngest of four brothers. He was educated at Finchley Catholic High School and read history at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He joined HM Customs and Excise as a fast stream civil servant in 1996, and moved to the Treasury in 1999. In 2003, he became the Treasury's Head of Communications, reporting directly to Gordon Brown. After the 2005 election, he left the civil service to become the Chancellor's political adviser, a role he maintained when Brown became Prime Minister in 2007. He was sacked in April 2009 after emails from him emerged planning a smear campaign against senior Tory politicians. His proceeds from sales of this book will go to the Finchley Catholic High School fundraising appeal.
"The essential political book of the year." Benedict Brogan, The Daily Telegraph "Current Affairs Book of the Year: This devastatingly forthright account of McBride's years as Gordon Brown's spin doctor and attack dog is the best book I have read all year." Sian Griffiths, The Sunday Times 'McBride can write, certainly. His account of his continuing adventures after the publication of the first edition of Power Trip is entertaining - And McBride's honesty about his past misdeeds is disarming.' The Independent 'It is utterly gripping. I found it enjoyable and appalling in almost equal measure.' Ruth Davidson, The Scotsman