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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (2 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752803492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752803494
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.4 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,640,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Roberts's Masters and Commanders was one of the most acclaimed, bestselling history books of 2008. His previous books include Salisbury: Victorian Titan (1999), which won the Wolfson History Prize and the James Stern Silver Pen Award for Non-Fiction, Hitler and Churchill: Secrets of Leadership (2003), which coincided with four-part BBC2 history series. He is one of Britain's most prominent journalists and broadcasters.

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About the Author

Andrew Roberts took a first in Modern History at Cambridge. He has been a professional historian since the publication of his life of Lord Halifax , The Holy Fox, in 1991, followed by Eminent Churchillians in 1994 . He contributes regularly to the Sunday Telegraph. Lives in Knightsbridge, London, and has two children. His Salisbury won the Wolfson History Prize in 2000. His books include Napoleon and Wellington in 2001, Hitler and Churchill (based on BBC-2 series) in 2003. What Might Have Been (editor) in 2004. His History of the English Speaking Peoples Since 1900 was published in 2006 and won the Walter Bagehot Prize .

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Liam Taylor on 10 Mar. 2011
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This book not only provides a captivating thriller that proves a real page turner, even if the plot is a bit unrealistic at time (as if the EU would actually bother with a referendum), it takes a hilarious satirical swipe at the EU. Set in 2045, where the EU has finally achieved it's goal of creating a United States of Europe, Roberts portray's his vision of the oppressive, authoritarian PC-State the EU is fast turning into. The only people who don't like this book (see the bad reviews) are those too wedded to Euro-federalist ideology to see the authoritarian monstrosity that is unfolding in front of their very eyes and steadily eating away at our sovereignty. This book is a forewarning to us all and should be made mandatory reading for all UK politicians and Europhiles. Buy it before the EU outlaws it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashencrump on 4 Jan. 2013
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This novel is a foray into fiction by an excellent historian. It is fairly lightweight and more of a holiday read than you might expect but for a few hours escapism it is quite enjoyable. If you happen to be a supporter of the EU it will make your blood boil but I don't suppose that will cut its sales by much!
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By T. Burkard VINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2007
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It's hard to believe that this over-the-top thriller, set in 2045, was written by a serious historian. Andrew Roberts regards the European Union as a matter of the Germans treating politics as war by other means, to invert Clausewitz. He has a point, but only just. My Bavarian great-grandaddy emigrated because he didn't want to be ruled by Prussian bureaucrats, so I sympathise. One gathers that Roberts' main objective is to irritate as many Euro-enthusiasts as possible--which is worth one star, at least.

Alas, his story hinges on the proposition that a Euro-referendum held in 2015 was stolen by fraud. We now know that the European Commission would never bother to do such a thing--it's much easier just to ignore inconventient defeats, and carry on regardless. The EU may not be much liked, but it doesn't stir passions quite as much as Roberts (or I) would like. Unfortunately, we don't much care about the corrupt and undemocratic practices of our unelected masters, not as long as we are all prosperous.

As a thriller, it works, more or less. The plot is so twisted that I just about lost it, but the narrative is lively enough to keep the pages turning. Nonetheless, I'd advise Roberts to stick to History.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Aug. 1999
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This is a glorious Eurosceptic nightmare twisted into a fast paced thriller. To some the idea of John Redwood being locked up in Spandu Gaol in Berlin ( previous residents included the Nazi Deputy leader Hess) for "activities incompatible with the security of the Union", would seem a very good idea. Whatever your views of John Redwood or the European Union this book is inspired in its detail-Waterloo Station is now Maastricht Terminus-and in its depiction of modes and mores of a European Union Superstate. But above all it is unputdownable and great fun. To some Eurosceptics it is a warning-but they should themselves be warned that the book has already obtained cult status among young EU officials in Brussels. If there is to be a superstate in the 21st Century, Andrew Roberts card is already marked!!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tony Roberts on 16 Mar. 2010
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You can see how split people are on this; many who give it a low rating are Euro supporters or those who think Political Correctness is the way for society to go.

I on the other hand disagree and as a result this book is right up my street. Yes, its somewhat exaggerated and the comment elsewhere on these reviews that France would not stand by and allow Germany to have hegemony in Europe as described in this novel is valid.

But the book itself was an easy read and I couldn't help but continue to find out what the conspiracy was and why, and would the unlikely hero prevail?

The vision that in the future British history would be suppressed and monuments of the UK's past erased could be something that comes true in the future, but I believe it won't come from Europe; rather it will come from within our own society here. We have such things already beginning.

The totalitarian authoritarian state envisiged by Andrew Roberts will come, and I also think we will one day be an insignificant region within the greater entity of a United States of Europe, but it will be through apathy and ignorance, rather than being subsumed and deceived as depicted in this novel.

The story is fine, if a little far-fetched, but an easy read and interesting as a possible future 'what-if' type of theme.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2000
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England 2045. Since 2015, the year of the for ever final referendum, England has been demoted to a region in the USE (United States of Europe). Political correctness is very much in. Well known landmarks such as Waterloo Station and Trafalgar Square have been renamed Maastricht Terminus and Delors Square. The hero of the book, fat, astmatic Horatio Lestoq gets wind of a sinister plot behind the referendum. And from here the action develops. The book is superb and hilariously funny, too. Read it before your country is engulfed by the superstate that EU is developing into. High praise to Andrew Roberts for this tour de force.
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