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The author of the book: Andrew Roberts
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Edition: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Date of issue: September 14th 2006
ISBN 13: 9780297850762
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What was I thinking when I picked up this bloated book, almost absent-mindedly, along with several other lighter fictions this past winter? This "history" is more an imperial neocon fantasy than a serious examination of the complex forces that empowered and challenged the English-speaking world in the last century. I was really hoping for a comparative study of the histories of the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. (One will not find here many kind words for the Irish, those unruly, Catholic louts.) I found it most interesting that Roberts feels that the English-speaking world of the 20th Century will look to future generations not as separate nations with a common tongue, but more like an empire, like the Roman Empire looks to us now in hindsight. So in love with the English is he.
Historians should be truth seekers. Historians should apply rational forensics to documented events. I do believe that the West has made many great contributions to human civilization, but please don't just say that some of the greatest injustices of the 20th Century were just unavoidable or necessary evils. Roberts strikes me as the sort of elitist historian that writes what ever he feels will cheer up the home team. These little vignettes of his should have been serialized in "Parade" magazine...or printed on the back of sugar packets!
I did try my best to look past the rosy-tint of his jingo-narrative. I found myself jumping forth to the index more than usual. I was indeed interested in some of the snapshots of New Zealand, Canada, and Australia, but they were too few. As for the United States, Roberts makes some astonishing claims. If I am to believe my own eyes, FDR was an early neocon. There's not as much on Hoover as I might expect, either. Hmmm. After 300 pages of very tenuous historic comparisons, I skipped to the sections on Vietnam and Iraq where the real doublespeak begins right where it left off. Shame on leftists and liberals and the Clintons? Check. The Invasion of Iraq was based on "bad intelligence" but worth it? Imperialism is a necessary evil to spread civilization? Check.
I would only recommend this to the Bush White House Book Club -- expiration date January 19th, 2009. Because if you are looking for a good explanation as to how the Bush Administration could have possibly justified the war in Iraq, this is the polemic for you.
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Read information about the authorDr Andrew Roberts, who was born in 1963, took a first class honours degree in Modern History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is an honorary senior scholar and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). He has written or edited twelve books, and appears regularly on radio and television around the world. Based in New York, he is an accomplished public speaker, and is represented by HarperCollins Speakers’ Bureau (See Speaking Engagements and Speaking Testimonials). He has recently lectured at Yale, Princeton and Stanford Universities and at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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