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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire (The Politically Incorrect Guides) Paperback – October 24, 2011
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Praise for The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the British Empire
As someone who grew up in India, I often hear people ask, What have the British done for us?’ Until I read this book, I didn’t have the full answer. And here is Crocker’s answer: Apart from roads, railways, ports, schools, a parliamentary system of government, rights, separation of powers, checks and balances, the rule of law, and the English language... nothing!’”
—Dinesh D’Souza, President of the King’s College and best- selling author of The Roots of Obama’s Rage
The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the British Empire offers a cautionary tale for Americans who don’t believe the sun could ever set on our great land. Even the grandest nations collapse when a people no longer believes in itself or its mission. Harry Crocker’s book is a jolly good read for Anglophiles and history buffs in general.”
—Brett M. Decker, Editorial Page Editor of The Washington Times and former Governor of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club
H. W. Crocker’s Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the British Empire is a vivid, wide-ranging and persuasive defence of an empire that spread freedom, democracy and the rule of law.... and a testimony to those old virtues—grit, leadership and the stiff upper lip—which were taught to British children of my generation, and which are being air-brushed from history by the cult of political correctness. This brave and persuasive book deserves to be read in all courses of school history: it tells an inspiring story in an inspiring way.”
—Professor Roger Scruton, philosopher and author of more than two dozen books, including A Political Philosophy: Arguments for Conservatism
About the Author
H. W. Crocker III is a bestselling author who frequently writes about military history. He is the author of The Politically Incorrect Guide™ to the Civil War, Robert E. Lee on Leadership, Triumph, Don’t Tread on Me, and the prize-winning comic novel The Old Limey. His journalism has appeared in National Review, The American Spectator, The Washington Times, and many other outlets. Educated in England and California, Crocker lives on the site of a former Confederate encampment in Virginia.
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My quibbles with the audiobook are relatively minor. The reader affects an awful English accent from time to time and has no knowledge of the correct pronunciation of the names of certain people and places. This said, the book is a much needed counterweight to some of the anti-imperial claptrap which has been bandied about in recent decades. The remarkable, muscular philosophy of the Victorians, in particular, presents a striking contrast to the tentative, don't-offend-anyone politicians who inhabit the halls of power in most Western democracies today. Victorians were sure of themselves in a way that we are not. They had no doubt that Western (preferably Protestant and British) civilization was superior to all of the alternatives.
As the son of one of the last servants of the Raj, I appreciate this book. My father did honorable work in the Indian sub-continent for several decades. He developed a great affection for the peoples of India and Pakistan, where he spent his final years of service. He would, no doubt, be deeply saddened by the condition of Pakistan today. At the end, however, what can be said of the British experience in India and other parts of the Empire is that it was both honest and inspired by honorable motives. The exceptions were very few and far between.