Haywire: A Political History of Britain since 2000 (Hardback)
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Haywire: A Political History of Britain since 2000 (Hardback)

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Published: 13/06/2024
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From the Iraq war to Coronavirus, Hindmoor's brilliantly entertaining and incisive history of Britain since 2000 deftly demonstrates how one crisis begat another in this astonishingly turbulent era.

Vladimir Lenin, an occasional resident of North London who went on to other things, has been credited with once saying that there are decades where nothing happens but weeks when decades happen.

The first two and a half decades of this century in Britain have had plenty of those weeks. Indeed, our recent history has at times resembled an episode of Casualty, the long-running BBC hospital drama in which every hedge trimmer slips, every gas pipe leaks, every piece of scaffolding collapses and everyone ends up in intensive care.

In Haywire Andrew Hindmoor makes sense of the deluge of events which have rained down on Britain since 2000, from the Iraq War to financial collapse, austerity to Brexit, as well as more easily forgotten moments such as the MP’s expenses scandal. He shows not simply how one crisis has quickly followed another, but how each crisis has compounded the next, so that disaster feels like the new normal.

Has Britain simply been the victim of a particularly prolonged run of bad luck which will, sooner or later, come to an end? No. Hindmoor argues that the way the British state is organised has, time and again, made a crisis out of a drama – and that it is time to find an alternative before we all go haywire.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241651711
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 1062 g
Dimensions: 242 x 165 x 40 mm


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Stylish and laconic, this is a magnificent sweep through a grave downturn in our fortunes. There is more than a hint of Edward Gibbon in Hindmoor’s elegant, magisterial prose and all his judgements are spot on. A remarkable book - Matthew Parris

Eminently readable ... this is a superb history of our times - Alwyn Turner, The Times

[A] steely account of Britain’s backfiring start to the new millennium - Tom Crewe, London Review of Books

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“Making sense of our recent political history”

Brilliantly weaves together the political and cultural strands that have shaped Britain since the turn of the century. Written in a really elegant prose, sharp analysis, and not without humour, it makes you want to... More

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