The Churchill Complex: The Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit (Hardback)
  • The Churchill Complex: The Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit (Hardback)
zoom

The Churchill Complex: The Curse of Being Special, from Winston and FDR to Trump and Brexit (Hardback)

(author)
£18.99
Hardback 320 Pages / Published: 03/09/2020
  • 5+ in stock

Available

  • This item has been added to your basket
Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. Please check by using Click & Collect

'Rich and rewarding' Wall Street Journal

It is impossible to understand the last 75 years of British and American history without understanding the Anglo-American relationship, and specifically the bonds between presidents and prime ministers. FDR of course had Churchill; JFK famously had Macmillan, his consigliere during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Reagan found his ideological soul mate in Thatcher, and George W. Bush found his fellow believer, in religion and in war, in Tony Blair.

In a series of shrewd and absorbing character studies, Ian Buruma takes the reader on a journey through the special relationship via the fateful bonds between president and prime minister. It's never been a relationship of equals: from Churchill's desperate cajoling and conniving to keep FDR on side, British prime ministers have put much more stock in the relationship than their US counterparts did. For Britain, resigned to the loss of its once-great empire, its close kinship to the world's greatest superpower would give it continued relevance, and serve as leverage to keep continental Europe in its place. As Buruma shows, this was almost always fool's gold.

And now, as the links between the Brexit vote and the 2016 US election are coming into sharper focus, it is impossible to understand the populist uprising in either country without reference to Trump and Boris Johnson, though ironically, they are also the key, Buruma argues, to understanding the special relationship's demise.

Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 9781786494658
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 23 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Stimulating and highly readable... A rich and rewarding book, the best overview that exists of Anglo-American relations from Churchill-FDR to the "bromance" between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. * Wall Street Journal *
Well-written... A good popular history and one that does not pull its punches. -- Piers Brendon * Literary Review *
This concise, all-knowing study of the "special relationship" between Britain and the States pinpoints many recurring themes. * Edmund White, 'Books of the Year', TLS *
A smart, lively political history that illuminates the changing relations of two decidedly unequal partners. * Kirkus Reviews *
[A] brisk and insightful history. . . . Buruma writes fluidly and paints vivid sketches of key figures and moments. Political history buffs will be fascinated. * Publishers Weekly *
Fans of Buruma's works, political analysis, and Churchill's legacy will find much to discover here. * Library Journal *

You may also be interested in...

The Fortune of the Rougons
Added to basket
Orientalism
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
London
Added to basket
£15.99
Paperback
Guns, Germs and Steel
Added to basket
Austerity Britain, 1945-1951
Added to basket
Mesopotamia
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Alicia
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Making Of The British Landscape
Added to basket
The World Until Yesterday
Added to basket
A Spy Among Friends
Added to basket
The Diary of a Young Girl
Added to basket
Man's Search For Meaning
Added to basket
Sex and Punishment
Added to basket
The Diary of a Young Girl
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.99
Paperback
Venice
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.