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Farewell the Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat (Helen and Kurt Wolff Books)

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Publisher Comments:

This concluding volume brings readers up to the death of Winston Churchill in 1965. "Morris has written an unorthodox masterpiece...[a] book filled with superb studies of battles, ceremonies, landscapes, confrontations and, above all, characters" (New York Times Book Review). Index. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

Review:

"The final volume in Morris's trilogy— and tribute—to the British Empire is fittingly subtitled 'An Imperial Retreat.' Opening with Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee of 1897 and closing with Winston Churchill's death in 1965, Morris chronicles the decline and, ultimately, disappearance of the greatest empire the world has ever known. Perhaps one great reason for the Empire's collapse in the relatively short period of 68 years was simply that the British people were never of one mind about it, never completely certain it was a good thing to have so much dominion over palm and pine. And the uncertainty, which began to reveal itself in the Boer War, accelerated after the holocaust of World War I. World War II, of course, saw the Empire's finest hour—and final exhaustion. It is all best summed up in a footnote, where Morris quotes a line from 'Onward, Christian Soldiers': 'Crowns and thrones may perish/Kingdoms rise and wane. ...' Americans might well ponder that line as well as this moving, memorable book." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

About the Author

Jan Morris served as an intelligence officer with the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers, studied at Oxford University, and was a reporter for the Times and the Guardian before launching into a successful career as a novelist, history author, and travel writer. Her other books include Last Letters from Hav, Fifty Years of Europe, Conundrum, Hong Kong, Oxford, The World of Venice, and Farewell the Trumpets.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156302869
Author:
Morris, James
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Author:
Morris, Jan
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
World
Subject:
Great Britain History Elizabeth II, 1952-
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Great Britain - History - George VI, 1936-
Subject:
World History-England General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Harvest/HBJ ed.
Edition Description:
Harvest/HBJ
Series:
Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
Series Volume:
no. 29
Publication Date:
19800531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 9.99 lb

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