A magisterial and profoundly perceptive survey of Britain's post-war role on the global stage, from Suez to Brexit.
In 1962, the US Secretary of State observed that post-war Britain had 'lost an empire and not yet found a role'. His gentle rebuke still rings true. Britain, clinging to its self-image as great island nation with a penchant for lofty exceptionalism, has trod a lonely path between engagement with Europe and a treasured but often demeaning 'special relationship' with the US, culminating in the current Brexit crisis.
From wartime victory in 1945 to Anthony Eden's ill-judged foray in Suez - which strained American relations almost to breaking point - to David Cameron's EU referendum, award-winning journalist Philip Stephens paints a fascinating portrait of a nation attempting to reconcile its waning power with past glories. Drawing on exclusive interviews with senior politicians and diplomats as well as original government papers, Britain Alone is a vivid, intimate account of an island both isolated and European in its geography, yet global in its outlook; and of a nation struggling to reconcile its straitened international circumstances with its nostalgic identity. Above all, it is an indispensable guide to how we arrived at the state we're in.
Höhe: 234 mm
Breite: 153 mm
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Philip Stephens is an award-winning journalist and Chief Political Commentator at the Financial Times. He is Director of the FT's Editorial Board. Throughout his career, he has had unique access to foreign policymakers in Britain and in capitals across the world. He is the author of Politics and the Pound and Tony Blair.