The influence of the British Empire is everywhere, from the very existence of the United Kingdom to the ethnic composition of our cities. It affects everything, from Prime Ministers' decisions to send troops to war to the adventurers we admire. From the sports we think we're good at to the architecture of our buildings; the way we travel to the way we trade; and, the hopeless losers we will on, and the food we hunger for, the empire is never very far away.
In this acute and witty analysis, Jeremy Paxman goes to the very heart of empire. As he describes the selection process for colonial officers ('intended to weed out the cad, the feeble and the too clever') the importance of sport, the sweating domestic life of the colonial officer's wife ('the challenge with cooking meat was 'to grasp the fleeting moment between toughness and putrefaction when the joint may possibly prove eatable ) and the crazed end for General Gordon of Khartoum, Paxman brings brilliantly to life the tragedy and comedy of Empire and reveals its profound and lasting effect on our nation and ourselves.
He writes with wit and penetration, and every page of Empire can be read with relaxed pleasure -- Spectator Paxman is witty, incisive, acerbic and opinionated ... In short, he carries the whole thing off with panache bordering on effrontery -- Piers Brendon Sunday Times A very engaging account...with a good sprinkling of jokes, funny nicknames and sexual references. Paxman makes some very sharp points and writes well -- Guardian
Publication date: 06/10/2011
Publisher: Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||6th October 2011|
|Publisher:||Viking an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, History,|
Jeremy Paxman is a renowned broadcaster, award-winning journalist and the bestselling author of seven works of non-fiction, including The English, The Political Animal and Empire.More About Jeremy Paxman