Synopses & Reviews
They invented slums. They invented child labor. They put Saddam Hussein in power. They burned Joan of Arc at the stake, and they enslaved the globe to get their tea fix. We're talking about England, of course, and the terrible evils they've set loose on the world. In "The Evil Empire," American author Steven Grasse documents the 101 worst atrocities of Mother England everything from foxhunting to the invention of the concentration camp. With an irreverent mix of historical facts, smart commentary, and red-blooded American arrogance, Grasse offers a devastating critique of the country that gave us the machine gun, factory labor, and the metric system. Publishing just in time for the Queen's birthday (April 21), "The Evil Empire" is essential reading for true-blue Americans and others oppressed by the English throughout history.
"In this cheeky look at the low points of the U.K. past and present, adman Grasse (spokesperson for the Philadelphia-based International Coalition for British Reparations) doesn't just twist the Royal Lion's tail, he nearly yanks it off. In one-page entries, Grasse amasses a long list of sins, which include burning down Washington, D.C. in 1812, supporting the Confederacy during the Civil War and hooking the Chinese on opium. Grasse blames today's problems in Iraq, Israel and Afghanistan on 20th century British foreign policy, ridicules the British government for spending public money on the royal family and calls the British Museum 'little more than a pirate's trophy case.' Other affronts to civilization include the invention of fox hunting, slums, child labor and concentration camps (during the Boer War). In the arts, snubs go to the likes of Punch & Judy, Shakespeare and Sir Elton John. Though tempered with plenty of humor, this intense diatribe is sure to rankle Anglos and their fans; as such, it will make a perfect gag gift, hitting bookshelves just in time for your St. George's Day celebration." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In The Evil Empire
, Steven A. Grasse exposes the secret history of England’s global misdeeds. He asks what few have dared to ask: Having spent the better half of the millennium
turning the world into their personal litter box, where do the English get off blaming everything on America?
After all, whose imperialistic shenanigans is Osama bin Laden really trying to avenge? Whose landgrabbing ways put the Palestinians and Israelis at each others’ throats? Who invented machine guns, wage slavery, and concentration camps?
The closer you look at English history, the more you realize they’re in no position to be pointing fingers. This outrageous indictment is sure to make blue bloods boil on both sides of the Atlantic.
About the Author
Steven A. Grasse is a man of many talents. He is the founder and CEO of a large independent ad agency, owns several successful clothing and liquor brands, and has written and directed many independent films. This is his first book.