I WAS NEVER A BIRD ON THE UNPINIONED WING,” the elderly Winston Churchill once told a young, aspiring politician. “You see, my boy, when I got up to speak, I always knew precisely where every noun and adjective would go, and how every piece of punctuation would bed into my speech. By contrast, the best […]
Andrew Roberts is the author of A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 and, most recently, The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War.
Her Majesty: The Court of Queen Elizabeth II By Robert Hardman (Pegasus Books, 384 pages, $27.95) After her sixty years on the Throne of Great Britain, what is there left that is both genuinely new and also interesting that can possibly be written about Queen Elizabeth II? The answer, as this superb new book shows, […]
The People of the Book: Philosemitism in England, from Cromwell to Churchill By Gertrude Himmelfarb (Encounter Books, 183 pages, $23.95) At a time when physical attacks on synagogues, cemeteries, and individual Jews have been increasing exponentially year-on-year across the United Kingdom, it is heartening to hear from one of America’s foremost intellectuals that it was […]
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British EmpireBy H. W. Crocker III(Regnery Publishing, 384 pages, $19.95) “THE BRITISH EMPIRE was a great and wonderful social, economic and even spiritual experiment,” wrote Noel Coward in his diary in February 1957, “and all the parlour pinks and eager, ill-informed intellectuals cannot convince me to the contrary.” Coward […]
“I do not think America is going to smash,” Winston Churchill told his American stockbroker in the depths of the Great Depression. “On the contrary I believe that they will quite soon begin to recover…. They carved it out of the prairie and the forests. They are going to have a strong national resurgence in […]
This essay is the last installment in a series published in successive issues of The American Spectator under the general title, “The Pursuit of Liberty: Can the Ideals That Made America Great Provide a Model for the World?” (Also in The American Spectator‘s Pursuit of Liberty series: Victor Davis Hanson’s “Armies for Democracy,” Daniel Johnson’s […]