5.0 out of 5 stars
Oh my God, what did we do?, Feb. 1 2001
For the last 10-15 years each trip back to London has been more and more like a trip to a continental city. I'd become a foreigner in the city of my birth -- and it wasn't me that had changed. This book explains what happened and why. For a 70s radical it is tough to take. While I find some of the Hitchens's ideas abhorrent, his arguments are compelling and convincing. The social change we fought for have contributed to bringing - or have been used to bring - the British culture to the verge of extinction. It's a uniquely British dilemma; so many post-war Britons are embarrassed by their nation and reject it. It's similar to the experience of the US during the Vietnam era but that ended and the wounds healed. I highly recommend this book both as a thesis on the continentalisation of Britain, and on some unintended consequences of socialist (read liberal) beliefs.