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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire (The Politically Incorrect Guides) Paperback – October 24, 2011
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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
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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.
London-based financier Robert Agostinelli predicted to a mutual dining companion recently that I would only order Sapphire and tonic for pre-supper cocktails. "In his mind, drinking Bombay gin is one little way to help keep the Empire alive," the chairman of the Rhone Group explained, pointing out that a portrait of Queen Victoria adorns every bottle. And he was right. Seemingly minor habits mean a lot for the tweedy set that worships Evelyn Waugh, suffers to keep old Jaguars running and names their offspring after English monarchs.
The zeal of Anglophiles tends to be overdone - like food in Old Blighty - because it needs to compensate for an anti-historical political correctness that has infected academia, twisting an objectively positive institution - the British Empire - into something bad. One writer has done more than hoist a few G&Ts for queen and country. Harry Crocker's new book, "The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire," sets the record straight about the small island that governed a quarter of the planet and had a civilizing influence on the rest of it.
This politically incorrect guide is true to its name and doesn't shy away from controversial subjects. It carefully recounts how Britannia used the Royal Navy and land forces to put the African slave trade out of business, to the chagrin of many Americans. The author also explains that the blood feud between the Irish and their British overlords wasn't originally over religion (both lands were Catholic), but rather, "England regarded Ireland as an uncongenial, barbarous, mystifying colony - but one necessary for the defense of the realm because it was an all too convenient jumping-off point for possible invasions.Read more ›
Or at least those born before about 1960. The sad aspect of this delightful book is the comparison it makes, unwittingly or not, with today's England. We Americans can hope that the land of our fathers can teach us one last and critical lesson--not to do what they have done.
Read the book and rejoice that Britain ruled most of the world as long as it did.
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Wonderful look at Sir Gerald templer Lord Mountbatten, Subus bose.Published 2 months ago by Sean Patrick Innocent Dineen
Great book that gives a perspective summed up by the title. I recommend this book to anyone who has an open mind and appreciates the presentation of opinions with which they may... Read morePublished 4 months ago by daved
Britain once governed a quarter of the globe, and had the biggest empire the world has ever known. The empire has usually received a bad press in the US, and its sins are usually... Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Lindsay
This book really surprised me. I just wanted to brush up on British history, but I was engrossed! It is very entertaining, and the narrator was very enjoyable. What a treat! Read morePublished 13 months ago by SK Christian
Definitely a book for those why might have liked to live under the Raj or participated in the "Great Game".Published 16 months ago by Jack M. Lloyd, Jr.
Although I am a firm believer that the British Empire did more positive to this world than negative, I thought this book was slow, boring, and did an overall unsatisfactory job... Read morePublished 18 months ago by David Freydkin