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Blood, Class and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies [Paperback]

Christopher Hitchens
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18 July 1991
An analysis of the "special relationship" between Britain and the United States - an alliance that has seen the decline of Britain's global prominence and the rise in power of America. Christopher Hitchens is a columnist for "The Nation" in Washington, and the author of "Prepared for the Worst".

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  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (18 July 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099878003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099878001
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was the author of Letters to a Young Contrarian, and the bestseller No One Left to Lie To: The Values of the Worst Family. A regular contributor to Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly and Slate, Hitchens also wrote for The Weekly Standard, The National Review, and The Independent, and appeared on The Daily Show, Charlie Rose, The Chris Matthew's Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, and C-Span's Washington Journal. He was named one of the world's "Top 100 Public Intellectuals" by Foreign Policy and Britain's Prospect.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Masses of detail on the "Special Relationship" 19 Sep 2003
From Kipling's encouragement of US imperialism in the Philippines, to the Falklands War, this fascinating book analyses the transatlantic relations between the UK and the USA, as one global empire ceded precedence to another. As often with Hitchens, it's literary points of reference that are to the fore - Rudyard K, Henry James, Edmund Wilson and so on - but there are political insights and ironies aplenty.
If nowadays you find yourself needing a reminder of why Hitchens is worth reading, this is a good place to refresh your memory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and revealing. Churchill sank the "Lusitania"! 31 Jan 2002
By David H. Myers - Published on
This is an explication of a notion most citizens think they already know and believe they understand intuitively. This was my feeling as, in the course of browsing I examined the only book by Christopher Hitchens on my local library shelf. I was frankly disappointed, looking to this author for controversy and insight. Or should I say outrageousness? As in the case of his well reasoned but totally pointless indictment of Henry Kissinger for war crimes. Anyway, finding the topic uninspiring and disinclined to go to the bother to check it out, but having the time, I read the first 2 chapters and was genuinely astonished to find the book truly engaging! Now that I've finished it, and although I'm unsure if I agree with the author that the direction of the circumstances of the relationship between the 2 countries were NOT inevitable, I think knowing the subject in detail is most worthwhile. The author thinks there were occasions when we were free of the Old World notions of class and the imperial style of politics they engender, and in the position to resist these notions. And that we'd be better for it if we had. It seems to me conventional thinking labels this attitude isolationism and inevitably resists it as parochial. But the idea that we should be (or should have been) strict in defining Americanism ourselves, and resist Old World insinuations as to the course it should follow is, indeed, insightful. And the historic detail is truly enlightening. Altogether this IS a very interesting, if not startling, book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks again, Hitchens. 6 July 2000
By Timmy Church - Published on
"Boom! Pow! That's the way it all goes down when C.H. comes to town!" "That's an odd thing for Charlie Rose to say," I remarked to my wife, Sunderquist, the other day. Well, my apologies Mr Rose, you were right on. Right on the money! Hitchens, the leading attack dog of the sensible left, fixes his eye on Brittania and plucks big. Where else were we to learn that Evelyn Waugh thought Buck Henry was "kind of queer"? Not from Highlights, I'll tell you that, Sunderquist. Gracefully turned on high quality pulp and written in English this book sure beats Cleopatra's Needle, with a stick. A big metal stick that really cuttingly insults what it's about to smash. Yeah.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad, considering it is Hitchens 13 May 1999
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Recently, we have had some insight into the personality of Mr. Hitchens, including an account in the New Yorker of what it is like to attend a meeting with him. Unfortunately, he has proven to Katha Pollitt that he is anti-women (and thus anti-minorities), and so we must regard Hitchens as an enemy to progressive politics. However, he has a great deal of interest to say about his birth nation, and I find it curious that his own brother is a conservative journalist. There are many revelations in this book, and I can recommend it to anyone interested in the man behind the torrent of journalism (some of it published in conservative publications) that continues week after week.
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