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The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana [Paperback]

Peter Hitchens
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24 Oct 2008
This book offers a powerful polemic on the decline of modern day Britain.Hitchens identifies everything that he feels has gone wrong with Britain since the Second World War and makes the case for the 'many millions who feel that they have become foreigners in their own land and wish with each succeeding day that they could turn the clock back'. Writing with brilliance and flair, Hitchens targets the pernicious effects of TV culture, the corruption and decay of English language, the loss of deference and the syrupy confessional mood brought on by the death of Princess Diana. This new paperback edition includes a brand new introduction taking the story up to the present day.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. (24 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847065228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847065223
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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"

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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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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Sep 2010
This is the first work by Hitchens I have read, but far from the first on the subject. The book is well laid out and the first chapter, his analysis in the differences between Churchill and Lady Dianas funerals is fantastic, it almost makes you ashamed to live in modern Britain and to not have stood up and said something at the time!
Possibly slightly in need of updating, despite being the new version, hence the four stars; but then how often can you realistically update a book on a society that is experiencing such a rapidly accelerating downward spiral?
It demonstrates well why the things that people generally dismiss as small, irrelevant and picky are so crucially important to the overall degradation of our society and way of life. A recommended read, to be taken heed of before we end up as a state of Europe without a say in our matters and viewed by the world as a corrupt banana republic.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great perspective for the modern day 14 Jun 2012
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For someone who is young like me (20s) this is a great book to get as it offers a completely different perspective on the last 50 years than the one which you'd be accustomed to (as pushed by the BBC & teachers etc). The shocking thing about message in this book is just how eerily true it all seems and just how sanctimonious and arrogant our ruling classes have been in their complete confidence in experimenting with my generation.

I recommend reading it to see just how.

A jeremiad indeed; powerful and depressing!
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68 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standby to emigate! 28 April 2008
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Hitchens is always a good, if controversial read. His opinions are well founded and often well researched. This book tells you why UK society has been broken, why it might never recover and who did it. The devastation that has been waged while the UK has slept is truly shattering. I dont always agree with Hitchens and his opinions, but here he is dealing with hard edged fact. Fact that will enrage you and by the end of book will make you wonder what you have to do to change the social re engineering that the UK has suffered at the hands of the do gooders who have not always fully understood the ramifications of their handiwork. Hitchens covers everything from the Church of England to Law. Hitchens will admit that this book is out of date by 10 years as Blair was just coming to power as he closes the book. We all know what Blair has done to England since then. The vacuum created allows a much worse enemy to creep into our society. For American readers this book is s dire warning of what they must fight in their own society. Time to emigrate!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An inforamtive read. 17 Nov 2012
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Peter Hitchens has vast experience of the world especially it would seem the UK. Whilst I disagree with some of his views the overall picture he paints of Britain and how life has degenerated in nearly all aspects - especially education - is to my mind fairly accurate. I lived through World War 2 and the 1950's were to me exciting years. This is one area in which I disagree with Peter. I went to a grammar school, did National Service and then spent 30 years in the Civil Service. For ten years I worked in London and enjoyed myself (these were the 60's) immensely. However I have always looked on this period as the beginning of Britain's decline. I was disgusted with the false "mourning" after Diana's death, tragic though it was. How so many people totally unconnected with this gallivanting woman cried and placed flowers at Kensington Palace clearly shows how the media can whip up and determine public opinion whenever it wishes. I have always felt that Winston Churchill's funeral which displayed genuine public feelings towards the man who had helped save us all represented the end of the nearest we were to democracy. Peter covers the political methods employed by successive governments to reduce us to our present status which has caused other countries to write us off as having any influence in the world anymore. It is a dreadful but mostly accurate account of this country's descent into mediocrity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart 19 Oct 2013
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I have admired Hitchens for a long time, mainly through his blog and weekly column for 'The Daily Mail'. He is one of the very few authentically conservative social and political commentators writing in Britain today, having long since set his face against the prevaling liberal-fascist orthodoxy which thinks that it can legislate and spend its way to a utopia in which there will be the abolition of human suffering. Perhaps this is why the author wrote in 2008 of the enormous difficulty he had experienced in getting it published and into bookshops.

This book makes for interesting but chastening reading as its author charts the profound social, economic and political decline of a once great people over the space of a single generation. It is to be considered essential reading for those of a conservative outlook because it reveals just how far to the left the traditional political parties have drifted, to the point where is de facto no conservative party left. No where is this more evident, in my view, than in the field of education in which successive Conservative governments failed to redress the Labour 'reforms' of the Seventies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very concise 2 Feb 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Being a fan of Peter Hitchens books, I enjoyed this book.
I would recommend this book it makes interesting reading
Published 8 months ago by Jan4c
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Hitchens
I bought this book for my husband he enjoyed reading it.its an alarming book and everyone should read it if you love England .
Published 10 months ago by June Leech
2.0 out of 5 stars Whinge and a prayer
Those familiar with the diatribe Dalrymplian may find the Hitchens whinge a bit of a comedown. Not that one would quarrel with him in the least; though he doesn't question very... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Simon Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars the state of britain
This book is excellent, and recognizable by anyone over 50. though now somewhat dated ,
The criteria used in the book to describe Britain's downfall are not likely to be those... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. M. Macrae
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone interested in British History
Love him or hate him Peter Hitchens hits the nail on the head.

A disturbing history of how the political class has systematically dismantled a nation. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michael J. Coyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangely compelling
I'm in two minds about this book. On one hand I don't agree with a lot of Hitchen's traditionalism, but then on the other I can see his point about a lot of what has happened... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Abolition of Britain
another excellent book by Peter Hitchens. As usual he hits the nail on the head, even though it charts the downward spiral of the state of Britain, from the 1960''s onwards. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by Mrs. Oriel G. Bayliss
5.0 out of 5 stars A sorry state of affairs.
The Abolition of Britain contains no lament for "the good old days", no "things aren't what they used to be" prose. Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2010 by J. D. Aspinall
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