- Series: The Politically Incorrect Guides
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing; 1 edition (October 24, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1596986298
- ISBN-13: 978-1596986299
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
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- #239 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & Government > Specific Topics > Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
- #499 in Books > Textbooks > Social Sciences > Political Science > Political Ideologies
- #1210 in Books > Politics & Social Sciences > Politics & Government > Ideologies & Doctrines > Conservatism & Liberalism
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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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That ugly boy, with a rather large nose, eventually saved England from the man with a large ego, Napoleon, and became the 1st Duke of Wellington. I'm sure his mother did love him. I mean, all mothers are supposed to love their children. Aren't they? I guess we'll never know. But Arthur does grow up to be the very symbol of England's Bulldog tenacity...or am I thinking of Lord Nelson?
In this immensely readable and entertaining book, we are given a brief, but never boring, look at early Great Britain's gallant defenders of the Imperial Crown. From the dirty streets of 19th century London to the bloody streets of 20th century Belfast and to the far reaches of the BE before and between, comes a book about the men who lived among the Bedouin (T. E. Lawrence), stopped the practice of suttee (the burning of a Hindu man's wife after his own death) in India, as well as the African slave trade. It was through the exploits and "God is an Englishman" certainty of those men who believed in themselves and who were absolutely sure that what they were doing was both honorable and right that much good was done and much wickedness was arrested.
If you are interested in actual history, and enjoy reading about the exploits of Englishmen (and Scots and Irishmen) like Raleigh, the pirate Captain Henry Morgan, "Chinese Gordon", and Lords Kitchener and Louis Mountbatten, then I highly recommend this book. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a condemnation of such men as being racist, colonialist exploiters and hate mongers, then this is definitely not the book for you. 5 Stars.
A fun read and a great book!