The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana Paperback – Oct 24 2008
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"'This is a cri de coeu r from an honest, intelligent and patriotic Englishman desperately worried about the corruption of this country and the likely effects of its lurch into the clutches of a European.' The Spectator"
About the Author
Peter Hitchens is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. A reporter for the Daily Express for most of his career, he currently writes for the Mail on Sunday.
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The cover of Peter Hitchens' book shows the Union Jack, the flag of Great Britain, flown at half-mast. The image comes from the days after Princess Diana died and part of a nation mourned. Notably, however, another part of it clearly did not. Hitchens takes this fact and runs with it, and he is not wrong to do so. He points out that, as part of Britain poured out its emotion in a tremendous fashion, another part looked on aghast at the nakedness of sentiment being displayed. I am a mere 20 years of age, but as a passionate Brit I do not find it hard to sympathise with the point he is making here.
Most of the time we in Britain look around and things seem okay. Occasionally we wonder whether things aren't just a little bit wrong. In the aftermath of Princess Diana's death, some of us felt like strangers in our own land. The author is right to state that people are asking now and may continue to ask in ever greater numbers: exactly what happened to the country they thought they grew up in? The point is as true for all the other English-speaking nations in the world as it is for Britain.
Certainly, as some reviewers have pointed out, it would have to be conceded that Hitchens on occasion puts on rose-tinted spectacles when examining a British past often characterised by impoverishment and occasionally meaningless sacrifice. But he is no fool, and if he sometimes lapses into sentiment then we ought to forgive him if only for the many other highly relevant and prescient points he makes in this work.Read more ›
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As an American conservative, I was recommended this book. In one work, this book shows the great ideological divide between modern American conservatives and the High Tories that... Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2003 by Anthony Calabrese
British history (and permutations of its ruthless geneology) makes Tralfamadore look more like Utopia with each passing Night. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003 by Kilgore Trout
This is an extremely well written book. I do not intend to enter the controversy that it has provoked. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2002 by Dr. Robin O'Hair
This book is written by an ex-left wing Trotskyite and the brother of well known progressive journalist Christopher Hitchens. Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2002
I think this book is very misunderstood. As I read it I do not feel that Mr. Hitchens is calling for a turning back of the clock or to bring back any "bad old days" for anyone. Read morePublished on April 18 2002 by Craig Matteson
This book- aimed at the American market- incorrectly depicts Britain in a harmful, yet unfortunately stereotypical manner. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2002 by Matt Ruby
A truly awful book lamenting a time when old, white men ruled through a system of patronage, nepotism and oppression. Don't mistake this ridiculous tome as history. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 2001 by Mr. Timothy J. Bussell
A plea to my American counterparts - please do not take the image this book presents as an accurate view of the UK. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2001
30 years ago I lived up-country, deep in the African bush. Every evening I twiddled the dials and adjusted the antenna on my short-wave radio. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2001 by Geoff Bond