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  • Britain Alone

  • The Path from Suez to Brexit
  • By: Philip Stephens
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)

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Summary

In 1962 the American statesman Dean Acheson famously charged that Britain had lost an empire and failed to find a new role. Nearly 60 years later, the rebuke rings true again. Britain's postwar search for its place in the world has vexed prime ministers and government since the nation's great victory in 1945: the cost of winning the war was giving up the empire. 

After the humiliation of Anthony Eden's Suez expedition, Britain seemed for a time to have found an answer. Clinging to its self-image as a great island nation, it would serve as America's best friend while acknowledging its geography by signing up to membership of the European Union. Never a comfortable balancing act, for 40 years it appeared to work. In 2016 David Cameron called the Brexit referendum and blew it up. 

Award-winning journalist Philip Stephens paints a fascinating portrait of a nation struggling to reconcile its waning power with past glory. Drawing on decades of personal contact and interviews with senior politicians and diplomats in Britain, the United States and across the capitals of Europe, Britain Alone is a vivid account of a proud nation struggling to admit it is no longer a great power. It is an indispensable guide to how we arrived at the state we are in.

©2021 Philip Stephens (P)2021 Faber Audio

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A fabulously well written and narrated history

A brilliant analysis if the history if the UK from Suez to Brexit. A searing ibdictment of Britain's unrealistic aspirations throughout this period and of Brexit and Johnson at its conclusion. A must read for those interested in the realities of the UK's international dilemma in 2021

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Excellent book, very tired performer

The book is brilliant; a must read for anyone interested in British history and politics. It's very well written, interesting and captivating. But I had to buy the book and read it myself. Audible's performer made me so nervous, he sounded like a very tired chainsmoker having a bad day. I couldn't focus on the book, I only hoped he would survive the next sentence.

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