The result of three hundred interviews with notable British figures--John Fowles, Peggy Ashcroft, Jeremy Irons, Paul Theroux, and others--this work chronicles the state of Great Britain after two world wars and the loss of its Empire
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Having interviewed over 50 Britons--some of them "ordinary," many of them elite--Critchfield has decided that one of the most charming countries in the world needs to embrace U.S.-style democratic and scientific values. Based on a 1988 sociological trek through England, Scotland, and Wales commissioned by The Economist, Critchfield's book consists essentially of an extended conversation between the author and various aristocrats, politicians, writers, Oxford dons, and members of the tourism industry regarding Britain's postwar decline and the Thatcher government's many shortcomings. Two books that offer a deeper analysis of Critchfield's main topic: Patrick Wright's On Living in an Old Country: The National Past in Contemporary Britain (Verso, dist. by Routledge, 1985) and Tom Nairn's The Enchanted Glass: Britain and Its Monarchy (Radius, 1988; Norton, 1989. pap.).
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Interviews with hundreds of people give a sense of what makes contemporary Britain tick; Critchfield offers telling insights about British TV and drama, and examines how class divisions and unequal educational opportunities damage Britain's leadership potential. Critchfield is poor on some subjects, notably music, but "for anyone curious about the current politics and the mind-set of our oldest ally, this is an absorbing read," said PW.
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Book Description Doubleday, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110385244568
Book Description Doubleday. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0385244568 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1058678