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The Abolition of Britain [Paperback]

Peter Hitchens
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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books; New edition edition (1 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704381400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704381407
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 333,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A gloomy overview of British culture. The author argues that British culture is in ruins,and institutions held in contempt.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CONCISE THOUGHT PROVOKING ANALYSIS. 8 Oct 1999
By A Customer
After having read this book I was immediatly left with a feeling of dire despair, but on reflection a determination to be ,not just a part of the problem,but God willing,to be a part of the solution. Hitchens begins by painting a picture of Britain on the 31st Nov 1965,the day of Winston Churchills funeral and contrasting it with Britain on the day that Diana was buried in 1997.The changes are absolutly incredible,unbelievaby far reaching,mostly bad and only a few good.He then takes the reader on a retrospective journey to explore such areas as education,television and the media generally,the Church,general morality,and politics.Not only does he outline some of the changes but he also describes some of the pressuresand influences bought to bear which have bought our once great country down onto her knees.I found his conclusions pretty weak but overall I was absolutly entranced and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cultural revolution by stealth... 18 Nov 2003
For the unenlightened the 'Abolition of Britain' will be met with a mixture of shock and incredulity. For those who have been paying attention (and have done their homework) this book will serve as a sad epitaph to what has happened to our once green and pleasant land.
In his excellent book, Peter Hitchens explains how and why our country has changed so much in the space of a few decades.
This is a blow by blow account of the systematic tearing down of our ancient traditions and system of beliefs through a cultural revolution that has, by and large, gone unnoticed by the majority of the British people because each new change has been quietly introduced by stealth.
This book is one of the few I have read that is difficult to put down and I highly recommend it.
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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
The cover of Peter Hitchens' book shows the Union Jack, the flag of Great Britain, flown at half-mast. The image comes from the days after Princess Diana died and part of a nation mourned. Notably, however, another part of it did not. Hitchens takes this fact and runs with it, and he is not wrong to do so. He points out that, as part of Britain poured out its emotion in a tremendous fashion, another part looked on aghast at the nakedness of sentiment being displayed. I am a mere 20 years of age, but as a passionate Brit I do not find it hard to sympathise with the point he is making here.
Most of the time we look around and things seem okay. Occasionally we wonder whether things aren't just a little bit wrong. In the aftermath of Princess Diana's death, some of us felt like strangers in our own land. The author is right to state that people are asking now and may continue to ask in ever greater numbers: exactly what happened to the country they thought they grew up in?
Certainly, as some reviewers have pointed out, I would have to concede that Hitchens on occasion puts on rose-tinted spectacles when examining a British past often characterised by impoverishment and occasionally meaningless sacrifice. But he is no fool, and if he sometimes lapses into sentiment then we ought to forgive him if only for the many other highly relevant and prescient points he makes in this work.
First and foremost in his firing line is what essentially boils down to the new liberal orthodoxy. To any Americans who have read or might read this book, unless you are a passionate Democrat you might well recognise the point Hitchens is making here.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Piece of Political Writing! 11 Feb 2004
By Matt M.
With his best-selling new book "The Abolition of Britain", Peter Hitchens has courageously put down in words what many millions of other Britons so ardently wish to express - that in the past three decades, a cultural revolution has swept over our great nation, making so many Britons feel like foreigners within their own land. This is a full-length critique of Blairism and the fuzzy "Third Way" ideology that currently rules the show at Number 10 and Whitehall. Hitchens writes lucidly and with feeling for a Britain that once was. Reflecting back, it seems almost incomprehensible that such drastic change could have taken place in the space of a mere thirty years. What happened to the Britain of old? What happened to the Britain our ancestors so gallantly fought for in two world wars? What happened to the Britain of Sir Winston Churchill? Hitchens asks these questions and many more - and more importantly, points out how we might just be able to get them back. An excellent read for anyone interested in contemporary politics or journalistic writing.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Job, Mister Hitchens! 26 Dec 1999
By A Customer
Peter Hitchens notes the "abolition" of his homeland with bitter grace; from the United States it takes on an even greater poignancy. His discussion of the Incredible Disintigrating Morality is true on both sides of the Atlantic. As well, the notion that Britain's occupation by America during the Second World War was a linchpin in its abolition -- hardly a new notion -- is presented here so well that it is hard for this American not to feel some measure of shame. While Mr Hitchens does a bit of finger-pointing at the members of the political class, his ire at the entertainment industry (particularly television) is timely and well-argued and, yet again, not restricted to the UK. The beauty of this book is that although it is all specific to Britain, most of the rot Hitchens sniffs out is well advanced everywhere else. The details differ: The trend is well outlined in this fine book. In particular I recommend it to my fellow non-Brits, especially as a jog to taking a look at their own nations which are being abolished in different but complimentary fashion.
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It should make us sit up and consider how low we have sunk as a nation.... very sad for us who have lived toll see it a
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Hitchens' book is fantastic! Everyone with an interest in the Politics,History and decline of theUnited kingdom should read this!(everyone should read it!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time to emigrate!
Once you have read what Hitchens has to say and the facts that he presents you will understand why UK society has been broken beyond repair, who did it and why. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking, intelligent critique of today's society
I first came across Peter Hitchens (not having previously heard of him before) as one of the pundits on the UKTVHistory channel's recent series on the 1960's, where his was the... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately, A Wearisome Polemic.
Hitchens does not write particularly smoothly and, occasionally, seems rather shrill in his denunciations. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The abolition of historical reality?
This is by far the funniest book I have read for some time - far more amusing even than the satires of 'Beyond the Fringe' and 'That Was The Week That Was' that Hitchens... Read more
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