After the Victorians: The Decline of Britain in the World
by A. N. Wilson, a review from The Atlantic Monthly by Christopher Hitchens.
"The late Christopher Hill ? arguably not A. N. Wilson's beau ideal as a historian ? once told me a small joke in his mildly stuttering style. It seemed that the fifth or sixth husband of Barbara Hutton had been interviewed on his nuptial night, and when asked how he felt at being the latest to possess the celebrated Woolworth heiress, had replied, 'Well, I know what I have g-got to d-do, but I am not quite sure how I am going to make it i-i-i-interesting.' Some of the same apprehensiveness may descend upon anyone who undertakes to write about the eclipse of British power in the first half of the twentieth century." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.