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At times sober, at others very funny, this is a simultaneous critique and celebration of the Anglo American relationship Christopher Hitchens, a duel citizen of both Britain and the United States, analyses all the characteristics of the special relationship the ties of language and literature, family and blood the antagonism and resentment that existed and for some still does a genuine sense of shared sacrifice in war the American obsession with British affectations Just keep talking, I love that accent and the British snobbery towards this brash new pretender to the throne Above all, this relationship is characterised by empire, and the decision taken by the United States to adopt a policy of deliberate receivership of Britain s imperial burdens Britain s job in this brave new world In the words of Harold MacMillan To be Greece to their Rome This is the long standing view that American has the cash, but Britain has the knowhow There is also analysis of nuclear jealousies and aspirations, the painstaking way British intelligence helped nurture and create American s national security apparatus, and ultimately the way Britain has managed to keep American actively engaged in so many of the problems across the world that she created, leading to a conundrum is Britain teaching her younger but powerful cousin, or is America simply exploiting the knowledge and experience of her older but weakened mother country Reading a presumably earlier version called Blood, Class, Nostalgia Hitchens is a little impressed with his own vocabulary prowess, has some axes to grind, and states opinions, or at least undocumented facts, as facts The book is also rather dated It s dealing with history, but was written in the 1980 s, and seems to have been inspired at least in part by the Princess Di cult in the U.S and the relationship between Thatcher and Reagan Not a fun read, but it was thought provoking and a good reminder that the U S is an imperial power, whether it uses that word or not. Interesting read, despite having been written almost a quarter of a century ago The story of British American relations, and the special relationship , which turns out not to be that special after all, unsurprisingly.I read a review of this book on here which said that Hitchens makes the mistake of thinking the reader is as clever as he is In my case, that definitely wasn t the case, and I found myself scratching my head at some of the names and events he mentioned in passing, but even so, this didn t disturb my enjoyment of the book.The world is a poorer place without the likes of Hitchens. While not as provocative as some of his writing, I suspect this one will get some people s goat In it he argues that the US British relationship is far shabbier than we thought On the one hand, the American upper class and its adherents see British class structures and Imperial grandeur as justification and guidance for their own attempts to create a New Rome On the other, the British leadership sees the relationship as one that allows them to maintain a sense of undeserved greatness, all while being unduly servile Plenty of wit and good writing, highly recommended. It s a bit difficult to know how to rate this Although it s well written and reasonably readable, it wasn t what I expected I expected a much broader approach to the subject it s essentially a book of modern political history rather than an analysis of the current situation I would have liked of a focus on the cultural rather than the political relationship between the two countries.I also found the style of writing very dry previously I ve always found Hitchens able to liven up otherwise dull subjects but he doesn t really pull that off here.Maybe I just had the wrong expectations It seemed odd that Hitchens suddenly decides to start discussing literature in the conclusion to the book surely this warranted coverage in the body of the book i am a big christopher hitchens fan but i am very sorry to say that this book was just terrible.it was a very hard read infact and i still was able to read it twice.it is one of the most hardest and difficult book i have read.it is about politics.it is about the relationship of great britain and america.it is about the anglo american relationship.it talks about winston churchill and roosevelt.it was long and boring , i dont know what else to say. Hitch at his best, skewering sacred cows with precise abandon. Review title The relative viscosity of blood and waterHitchens is a well known pundit and paradox, a serious thinker who inhabits the entertainment world of American cable news channels, who makes serious points with acerbic wit and erudite language it is not many writers who use words that make me scramble as often to google the nuances of the meaning And he is unmistakably British in character, looks, and voice Perhaps, then he is not such a paradox at all Blood is a serious look at the special relationship between the United States and England United by reason of language, culture and some elements of ethnic solidarity, separated at birth by politics, geography and some elements of ethnic incompatibility, the two countries are bound by this relationship always in quotes Hitchen s defines it in brief but well toward the end of his explication of it in detail as an uncheckable, untestable charter for the freedom of action of an unelected class p 318 Along the axis of that charter the fates of both countries have risen, fallen, and changed course, sometimes in tandem, sometimes in inverse, but always in relation to one another.Hitchens tells the story of this evolving relationship as only he can, with sharp examples and pointed language, tracing its history in literature, culture, politics and history The centerpiece is a serious of chapters on Churchill s contribution to the relationship over the many decades where he was at the epicenter of it, and attempting to mold it to his specific expectations of what it should be and should become Hitchen s chapter headings suggest that Churchill s worship, defeat, and revenge have had a huge impact on the special relationship and the world it has attempted to mold and survive in since his passing I was surprised to learn, for example, that as the partners considered the makeup of the post war world in 1944, Churchill proposed joint Anglo American citizenship and concurrency That this proposal never came to fruition, and that England later and much belatedly threw in its lot with the European Union, says much about the strength and continually evolving status of the special relationship.While Hitchen s book is now two decades old, its insights still sparkle and are still relevant Even his brief bibliography and source notes for each chapter is a delightful and polemical mix of primary and secondary sources Don t expect value free analysis here, but do expect source that prove his point in spades His point is most tellingly made about the periodic near constant strain of the special relationship and the now long standing reversal of the relative position of the parties to it For example, less than 100 years after building the Alabama to sink dozens of Union American ships, Hitchens quotes Churchill begging the US to give us a fair and just assignment of your new vast construction to sail under our own flag p 216 And this isn t just ancient history British defense of imperialism to spread democracy echos the current American efforts to spread democracy around the globe As Hitchen s notes p 224 It appears that the imperial motives of others are always easier to discern It is a warning America still and especially needs to note today. Finished My gosh, this was crunchy Hitchens covers the entire history from the founding of the United States through 1990, and of the United Kingdom during that time span, and assumes a certain amount of knowledge on the part of the reader Which was very nice and not at all condescending and I ve realized without much surprise I have some massive holes in my knowledge of both histories That said, despite my moments of confusion I found this a fascinating read For one, Hitchens has a very good way with words For example, speaking of Britain training the US into the world of international espionageI t is beyond a doubt that wherever the United States needed to lose any kind of virginity in global affairs, the British were on hand with unguents and aphrodisiacs of all kindsp.330 Such moments of amusement kept me reading even while I skirted dangerously close to being hopelessly lost.For another, this is a completely different way of looking at the way the US was shaped and the very real though often with instinct than malice hand Britain had in it And in turn with both the instinct and the malice , the way the US shaped Britain At times I was outraged by Britain s behavior, at times I was outraged at the US s behavior So I suspect Hitchens gave a fair read of the two countries.I also learned some fascinating little facts For a brief while there the Founding Fathers leaned towards conducting government business in a language not English Washington favored Hebrew Both Rudyard Kipling and Winston Churchill adored Mark Twain, and both had a chance to chat with the man, and he, with his usual wit, deflated both of them Churchill wrote almost fanboyishly about it, which was kind of adorable He was pretty young at the time In the end, I m glad I read it, though I m even pleased with finishing it If you re at all a history nerd, I think you ll get a kick out of the way Hitchens pulls various histories together to argue his theme A theme I think is best summed up by Mark Twain as told by Churchill After some exchanges I found myself beaten back to the citadel, My country right or wrong Ah, said the old gentleman, When the poor country is fighting for its life, I agree But this was not your casepps 187 8 `Free Pdf ↵ Blood, Class and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies ☂ Since The End Of The Cold War So Called Experts Have Been Predicting The Eclipse Of America S Special Relationship With Britain But As Events Have Shown, Especially In The Wake Of , The Political And Cultural Ties Between America And Britain Have Grown Stronger Blood, Class And Empire Examines The Dynamics Of This Relationship, Its Many Cultural Manifestations The James Bond Series, PBS Brit Kitsch, Rudyard Kipling And Explains Why It Still Persists Contrarian, Essayist And Polemicist Christopher Hitchens Notes That While The Relationship Is Usually Presented As A Matter Of Tradition, Manners, And Common Culture, Sanctified By Wartime Alliance, The Special Ingredient Is Empire Transmitted From An Ancien Regime That Has Tried To Preserve And Renew Itself Thereby England Has Attempted To Play Greece To The American Rome, But Ironically Having Encouraged The United States To Become An Equal Partner In The Business Of Empire, Britain Found Itself Supplanted