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The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana


The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana

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    Peter Hitchens(Author)
Prominent English social critic Peter Hitchens writes of the period between the death of Winston Churchill and the funeral of Princess Diana, a time he believes has seen disastrous changes in English life. "The Abolition of Britain" is bitingly witty and fiercely argued, yet also filled with somber appreciation for what the idea of England has always meant to the West and to the world.

Mention in The Observer, November 2008 --No Review Available --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 330 pages
  • Peter Hitchens(Author)
  • Encounter Books,USA; New edition edition (1 Nov. 2000)
  • English
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  • Society, Politics & Philosophy
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  • By Sean Coleman on 15 September 2017

    When you read a mediocre book for a second time you get less out than the first time but if the work is as good as this one you get much more. On finishing The Abolition of Britain the enormity of what has occurred really hit me for the first time. I knew at least the bones of the story, about the effects of modern housing developments and motorways, and television and morals, and since I was born in 1958 I had always been fully aware that something extraordinary and, well, delusionally wrong was afoot, but this book brings it all together.The author thinks the book only "quite good" and I am sure he has his reasons saying that only the chapter comparing the funerals of Churchill and Diana would he leave unchanged. I found his chapter about the Church of England particularly interesting but what impressed me most perhaps was his chapter on the de-stigmatizing of the unmarried mother. I haven't read widely about the history of this topic but I would nevertheless be at least a little surprised if any one has done a better job (or even, it is slightly more than theoretically possible, any job). In fact I found myself consulting this chapter for support when I got involved in an on-line argument.There is nobody, living or dead, quite like Peter Hitchens nor anyone who can answer his arguments. He has written excellent, well-researched books about some of the subjects covered in the Abolition of Britain: politics, the mythical war on drugs and crime, which are all well worth reading (and re-reading) and is now writing an epitaph (I think) for Britain, which I await expectantly.

  • By JohnA on 12 November 2016

    Well observed and written. Some may see CH point of view as old fashioned - the more mature should consider whether our present experience of life with all our "progress" is happier, healthier or more fulfilling than when we had less choice, more structure and a less material focus. I appreciate that there are a few people such as PH who are prepared to look beyond the accepted "wisdom" of those who hold the power in society and have the ability to analyse and write with clarity and authenticity. I also like the way that facts are deployed to back up positions and views. I may not agree with all the conclusions and viewpoints but all are well argued, have the feel of honesty and concern for the bigger picture beyond the short term pragmatism of our present materialist focus.Our much vaunted "young people" with (as we all had) idealistic, impractical and ill thought through views, which are supposed to respect and act upon, should read this book. Peter Hitchens is an ex communist who, having now experienced life (including living in the Soviet Union) and gained some wisdom and perspective now sees "the error of his ways" and is now considered "right wing". He is actually a conservative (with a very small "c") Christian patriot who probably reflects an increasingly significant proportion of the British public.

  • By Sam H. on 11 August 2016

    A superb book. As a young student of Politics and a keen historian, I cannot recommend this book more highly.Thank you, Peter. Although I doubt it will penetrate your shell of cautious pessimism, I can assure you that there are many many young people who share your views and values. Please go on writing and speaking for as long as possible.

  • By SpiritofLakotaSioux on 18 November 2015

    Brilliant well thought out book by a journalist of exquisite class and experience. An inspiration !

  • By Frederick R Blake on 18 January 2017

    A catalogue of a nations' death by a thousand cuts. Betrayed by its upper class and duplicitous and virtually communist politicians following the sacrifices the people made throughout the war. Very sad reading indeed.

  • By T Willett on 12 July 2017

    If you have a love for this country and its history and are troubled as to how we have lost our way, then this book is all you will ever need

  • By Guest on 2 August 2017

    man's a genius he's not wrong

  • By jim hunter on 2 February 2014

    Hitchens is a favourite commentator of mine, in that he is unafraid to speak out against the Political correct madness in the UK. His analysis of how Britain has declined over the last 5 decades is an honest and truthful reflection. I salute him for it

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