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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
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (507 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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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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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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Very much worth a listen.

Very thought provoking and masterfully narrated by one of the greatest. Thank you Peter. i hope we get more great books from you.

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This should be called No Hope for Britain

here is a clear example of why the author should not narrate his own book. He was breathy, too fast and far far too patronising in his tone. The book and narrative was far too superior and again over patronising. This gentle men is against everything that a modern society is for. He is a dinosaur of the first degree and can see nothing, absolutely nothing good in a modern Britain. He wants a return to deference and a ruling elite and the rest is are just a means if ensuring the elite remain at the top in power and the rest of just continue to toil without hope or ambition. He wants all sexual politics to revert to a Victorian standard and wants nothing short of the excecuton or imprisonment of all deviant sexual behaviour. He us xenophobic and an under cover racist. If this is the kind if thinking behind recent Tory policies, and I think it is given 're ent political events and turmoil , then I an glad to be counted amongst the opposition. What he fails to understand is that despite our failing educational system according to him, the people, the dregs of society are better educated than ever before. And the majority of those educated people now have the wits and understanding of life to want a better one for their depraved and I'll educated families. It is called evolution, something that the author seems to want to ban and go back to the world being created in seven days. people evolve and get better, you tries evolve and get better. History teaches us this or we would still be making stone axes to hit one another with. Anyone reading this right wing clap trap would not only want to get out of Europe, but would be looking for a far right suprecist, no let's call it for what it is, a fascist country. This is not a future Britain that is for me. I wanted to read this book because I am concerned at the break up of the four nations that are Great Britain because I am proud to be British first, English second and European third. I wanted to heàr of ways of cementing our four nations together, instead all we get is a suggestion of returning to the old days where everyone in each country stay British because of the ruling English elite are telling you to be British. That's not right, it should be about love of country and love of people, all the people and the ambition to improve everything for everyone whilst keeping the best of what has past. Not a book I liked at all but one I listers through to the end because I had hope that it might come together with a happy ending. It did not.

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