Blood, Class and Empire: The Enduring Anglo-American

Blood, Class and Empire: The Enduring Anglo-American Relationship Since the end of the Cold War so called experts have been predicting the eclipse of America s special relationship with Britain But as events have shown, especially in the wake of, the political and cultural ties between America and Britain have grown stronger Blood, Class and Empire examines the dynamics of this relationship, its many cultural manifestations the James Bond series, PBS brit Kitsch, Rudyard Kipling and explains why it still persists Contrarian, essayist and polemicist Christopher Hitchens notes that while the relationship is usually presented as a matter of tradition, manners, and common culture, sanctified by wartime alliance, the special ingredient is empire transmitted from an ancien regime that has tried to preserve and renew itself thereby England has attempted to play Greece to the American Rome, but ironically having encouraged the United States to become an equal partner in the business of empire, Britain found itself supplanted

10 thoughts on “Blood, Class and Empire: The Enduring Anglo-American Relationship

  1. says:

    This 1990 study of the special relationship between America and Britain has been everything I wanted it to be long, detailed, personalized and written with the impossible wit and sharpness of Hitchens mind The discussion surrounding politics and policies and trades between the two countries is heavily researched, so much so that the author brings in clippings and fragments of letters and essays or books of well known or not so w

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    Finished My gosh, this was crunchy Hitchens covers the entire history from the founding of the United States through 1990, and of the United Kingdom during that time span, and assumes a certain amount of knowledge on the part of the reader Which was very nice and not at all condescending and I ve realized without much surprise I have some massive holes in my knowledge of both histories That said, despite my moments of confusion I

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    This is my third Hitchens this year two Peters and a Christopher As ever, it s sharp, funny, deep and surprising I d honestly never thought about the special relationship in these terms before but the perspective really shifted my understanding of history, especially since the war Of course, in these days of brexit and the forces of gravity pulling us into Trump s orbit, its would have been interesting to have his take on how Brit

  4. says:

    Interesting read, despite having been written almost a quarter of a century ago The story of British American relations, and the special relationship , which turns out not to be that special after all, unsurprisingly.I read a review of this book on here which said that Hitchens makes the mistake of thinking the reader is as clever as he is In my case, that definitely wasn t the case, and I found myself scratching my head at some of

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    While not as provocative as some of his writing, I suspect this one will get some people s goat In it he argues that the US British relationship is far shabbier than we thought On the one hand, the American upper class and its adherents see British class structures and Imperial grandeur as justification and guidance for their own attempts to create a New Rome On the other, the British leadership sees the relationship as one that all

  6. says:

    Reading a presumably earlier version called _Blood, Class, Nostalgia_ Hitchens is a little impressed with his own vocabulary prowess, has some axes to grind, and states opinions, or at least undocumented facts, as facts The book is also rather dated It s dealing with history, but was written in the 1980 s, and seems to have been inspired at least in part by the Princess Di cult in the U.S and the relationship between Thatcher and Rea

  7. says:

    i am a big christopher hitchens fan but i am very sorry to say that this book was just was a very hard read infact and i still was able to read it is one of the most hardest and difficult book i have is about is about the relationship of great britain and is about the anglo american talks about winston churchill and was long and boring , i dont know what

  8. says:

    It s a bit difficult to know how to rate this Although it s well written and reasonably readable, it wasn t what I expected I expected a much broader approach to the subject it s essentially a book of modern political history rather than an analysis of the current situation I would have likedof a focus on the cultural rather than the political relationship between the two countries.I also found the style of writing very dry previously

  9. says:

    Hitch at his best, skewering sacred cows with precise abandon.

  10. says:

    Review title The relative viscosity of blood and waterHitchens is a well known pundit and paradox, a serious thinker who inhabits the entertainment world of American cable news channels, who makes serious points with acerbic wit and erudite language it is not many writers who use words that make me scramble as often to google the nuances of the meaning And he is unmistakably British in character, looks, and voice Perhaps, then he is not

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