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A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900

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In 1900, where Churchill ended the fourth volume of his History of the English-Speaking Peoples, the United States had not yet emerged onto the world scene as a great power. Meanwhile, the British Empire was in decline but did not yet know it. Any number of other powers might have won primacy in the twentieth century and beyond, including Germany, Russia, possibly even France. Yet the coming century was to belong to the English-speaking peoples, who successively and successfully fought the Kaiser's Germany, Axis aggression and Soviet Communism, and who are now struggling against Islamic fundamentalist terrorism.

Andrew Roberts brilliantly reveals what made the English-speaking people the preeminent political culture since 1900, and how they have defended their primacy from the many assaults upon them. What connects those countries where the majority of the population speaks English as a first language—the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies and Ireland—is far greater than what separates them, and the development of their history since 1900 has been a phenomenal success story.

Authoritative and engrossing, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 is an enthralling account of the century in which the political culture of one linguistic world-grouping comprehensively triumphed over all others. Roberts's History proves especially invaluable as the United States today looks to other parts of the English-speaking world as its best, closest and most dependable allies.

Review:

"The English-speaking nations — America, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies — are a 'decent, honest, generous, fair-minded and self-sacrificing imperium' and 'the last, best hope for Mankind,' argues this jingoistic peroration. Roberts (Napoleon and Wellington) treats them as a political-cultural unity, thriving on respect for law and property, laissez-faire capitalism and the Protestant ethic, and standing together against Nazism, communism and Islamic terrorism. (Ireland is the black sheep — backward, unruly, pro-fascist and Catholic.) His rambling, disjointed survey celebrates their achievements in science, technology, sports and Big Macs, but the book is mainly an apologia for an allegedly benign Anglo-American imperialism. The author defends virtually every 20th-century British or American military adventure, from the conquest of the Philippines to the Vietnam War, finishing with a lengthy justification of the invasion of Iraq; his villains are domestic critics and leftist intellectuals whom he calls 'appeasers' and who sap the English-speaking peoples' resolve by propagandizing for totalitarianism (also Mel Gibson, whose anti-British movies sabotage English-speaking peoples' solidarity). Roberts writes in a bluff, Tory style, mixing bombast with jocular Briticisms like a running leitmotif of whimsical geopolitical wagers placed at London clubs. Lively but unsystematic, sometimes insightful but always one-sided, this is less a history than a chest-thumping conservative polemic. 16 pages of b&w photos, 2 maps." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Following the publication of Winston Churchill's four-volume A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, which dealt with the historical experiences of the Britain and her dependencies and the United States from Caesar's invasion of Britain to the beginning of World War I, his political opponent, Clement Attlee, sarcastically commented that it should have been titled "Things in history that interested me." Perhaps hoping to preempt any such similar criticisms, Roberts (a conservative British historian who writes regularly for The Sunday Telegraph, states outright that his book covering the 20th century histories of essentially the same countries 20th "is a series of snapshots taken rather arbitrarily, episodically and idiosyncratically," although he does belief that certain common themes emerge. Perhaps the most significant theme that runs through the text is pride in the British and American global hegemonies that have held sway since the Industrial Revolution.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Following the publication of Winston Churchill's four-volume A History of the English-Speaking Peoples, which dealt with the historical experiences of the Britain and her dependencies and the United States from Caesar's invasion of Britain to the beginning of World War I, his political opponent, Clement Attlee, sarcastically commented that it should have been titled "Things in history that interested me." Perhaps hoping to preempt any such similar criticisms, Roberts (a conservative British historian who writes regularly for The Sunday Telegraph, states outright that his book covering the 20th century histories of essentially the same countries 20th "is a series of snapshots taken rather arbitrarily, episodically and idiosyncratically," although he does belief that certain common themes emerge. Perhaps the most significant theme that runs through the text is pride in the British and American global hegemonies that have held sway since the Industrial Revolution. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Taking up the mantle of Winston Churchill, Roberts delivers the ambitious sequel to one of the greatest, most influential books of the 20th century. Two 8-page photo inserts. 2 maps.

About the Author

Andrew Roberts is the author of Napoleon and Wellington, Eminent Churchillians and Waterloo. His writing appears regularly in The Sunday Telegraph. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060875985
Author:
Roberts, Andrew
Publisher:
Harper
Author:
by Andrew Roberts
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Modern - 21st Century
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070206
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.63745 in 40.96 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The English-speaking nations — America, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies — are a 'decent, honest, generous, fair-minded and self-sacrificing imperium' and 'the last, best hope for Mankind,' argues this jingoistic peroration. Roberts (Napoleon and Wellington) treats them as a political-cultural unity, thriving on respect for law and property, laissez-faire capitalism and the Protestant ethic, and standing together against Nazism, communism and Islamic terrorism. (Ireland is the black sheep — backward, unruly, pro-fascist and Catholic.) His rambling, disjointed survey celebrates their achievements in science, technology, sports and Big Macs, but the book is mainly an apologia for an allegedly benign Anglo-American imperialism. The author defends virtually every 20th-century British or American military adventure, from the conquest of the Philippines to the Vietnam War, finishing with a lengthy justification of the invasion of Iraq; his villains are domestic critics and leftist intellectuals whom he calls 'appeasers' and who sap the English-speaking peoples' resolve by propagandizing for totalitarianism (also Mel Gibson, whose anti-British movies sabotage English-speaking peoples' solidarity). Roberts writes in a bluff, Tory style, mixing bombast with jocular Briticisms like a running leitmotif of whimsical geopolitical wagers placed at London clubs. Lively but unsystematic, sometimes insightful but always one-sided, this is less a history than a chest-thumping conservative polemic. 16 pages of b&w photos, 2 maps." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Taking up the mantle of Winston Churchill, Roberts delivers the ambitious sequel to one of the greatest, most influential books of the 20th century. Two 8-page photo inserts. 2 maps.
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