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The Abolition of Britain: From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana Hardcover – 10 Dec 2000


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  • Hardcover: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books,USA; New edition edition (10 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189355418X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893554184
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 659,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. M. Fisher on 14 Sep 2010
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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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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Ron Ishham on 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Jacubs on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Graham on 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Macrae on 26 Dec 2012
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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 that the 'modern' generations would recognize, though, as so many foreigners have broken into the country, The conduct of these intruders reveal Britsh-ness in even sharper relief. It would be interesting if the author brought this book right up to date, with how the authorities go further as they embrace and 'celebrate' multicultural "honor killings' brown-on-brown race hate, forced marriages, child marriages, child-sex, underage marriage, murder, multiple wives, enforced female genital cutting, female incarceration, marginalizing of women and their treatment as chattels, the growing number of slaves. What would the author also say about the censorship on such matters?, and how the police are expected to be 'sensitive' to the criminals 'culture' ? The accusation of 'racist' being worse than 'murderer' An enormous number of people have got in, who do not have the British standards of decency, so that when they achieve positions of power, they have no compunction of using them for their own ends, -then get angry when they are found out -more accusations of racism. . -yet the liberals tell us they are 'just like us'. Establishment people adopt the foreign perfidy as a model for their own conduct : Banking scandals, scams and hucksterism. On and on it goes. Older people do not recognize their own country, the abolition Peter Hitchens wrote about , is complete. No wonder half a million people each year, move aboard. The population is being gradually replaced by those who embrace the liberal fascism, they need it needing to prevent their prosecution or deportation.
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