I bought this book on my kindle as I was looking for something light. Like other reviews, I though it would be a Bryson-esque book, with humorous stories about how eccentric British people are. However, I was pleasantly surprised to be find that this book, delivers details that challenge comfortable thinking. I would recommend this book for anyone involved in public policy as it shows that rushing to respond and deliver results, usually achieves the opposite effect. I thought I was reasonably informed about today's Britain but Easton's essays showed how shallow some of the foundations of my knowledge were. I would highly recommend this book.