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  • The Abolition of Britain

  • From Winston Churchill to Princess Diana
  • By: Peter Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Peter Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (498 ratings)

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Summary

Prominent English social critic Peter Hitchens writes of the period between the death of Winston Churchill and the funeral of Princess Diana, a time he believes has seen disastrous changes in English life. The Abolition of Britain is bitingly witty and fiercely argued, yet also filled with somber appreciation for what the idea of England has always meant to the West and to the world.

©2008 Peter Hitchens (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Hitchens at his prophetic best

An excellent analysis of the moral decline of British society and culture, definitely Hitchens best book.

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Words completely vindicated.

How fascinating. Almost all of what Hitchens warned of happened. Oh how they laughed at the time. I was shocked at how good this was.

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Though much is taken, much abides;

This is Peter Hitchens' first book, in which he sets out the framework of his Burkean, Anglican & Conservative view of Britain. It takes the form of a lamentation for the peculiarly English civilisation that spanned the 18th & 19th centuries, and documents the extent to which it was demolished in the 20th. The funerals of Winston Churchill & Diana Spencer are used to bracket the period in which the destruction was most rapid.

There is not a cheerful book, it is clearly not meant to be a balanced account of the postwar period. However, cynicism is tempered with dry wit and it made me laugh in a number of places.

The book seems at least as relevant now as it was when first published. The last chapter deals with the serious possibility of Britain being dissolved into a federation of European states.

Few good writers are also accomplished speakers, let alone feel as passionately about their subject as Peter clearly does. This audio book benefits greatly from being narrated by the author.

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Hilarious!

I'm only on chapter 3, but it is astonishing so far. A most backward looking history. It is good to read opinions that differ from ones own and it has given me lots of chuckles. Like a really bad '60s sit com. It's such a pity however that men with views like this get into power.
Patronising and self important comes to mind.
I've given 5 stars for performance though, as he reads his work well.

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Could barely get half way through

Always been a fan of Peter Hitchens and very much agreed with nearly every column he has wrote in a newspaper and every opinion he has every voiced on television but didn't really enjoy this. Was basically hours upon hours of him ranting complaining about how literally everything imaginable has changed for the worse without even touching upon how we have seen various diseases all but eradicated and running water and broadband extended to every corner of this nation.

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Very Depressing

Wow, this is depressing. However, It seems to be correct.

I don't like how Peter doesn't have a solution, however. I suppose it makes sense as it's a real Gordian knot of a problem.

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Read this even if you don't agree

I'm sure some won't like this book, because they won't agree with it. I understand Peter Hitchens may not agree with it, as he says in his audible podcast that he has changed his mind on some matters. If you want an alternative to the prevailing Zeitgeist and to get out of the echo chambers of people who agree with it, read this book.

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what can i say ?

i am sympathetic to a lot of Peter Hitchens views, i share his faith am uneasy about the path my country has followed in my life time and i think he makes many valid points.
i would warn anybody not to just dismiss him out of hand..
that said however it sometimes felt like one long grumble by a grumpy bloke...
well it is a grumble !
i would recommend also trying to listen to somebody with an apposing view. maybe trawl the internet to catch Peter in debate?

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thought provoking

an enjoyable though discomforting and saddening read in many ways. A must read, particularly for conservative politicians.

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Excellent

Whereas circumstances (Brexit) have overtaken some aspects of Mr Hitchens' withering judgment of decades of "progress", and whereas not even I, who must admit to being even more pessimistic than Mr Hitchens, can subscribe to quite all of his condemnations, this is an absolutely excellent listen. Written in English which lends itself superbly to being listened to, and spoken equally superbly by the author.

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