By Peter Hennessy
Britain's top modern historian revisits the grand topics that experience run via glossy Britain, together with the abiding tendencies of the post-war era—Britain's continual impulse to punch good above its weight on the planet and the secrecy that has too frequently surrounded country affairs.
In Distilling the Frenzy a heavyweight of British scholarship lays endure the historian's paintings for all to determine, incorporating components of autobiography that offers the ebook a poignancy missing in different grand old works. this is often the tale of Britain's century in the course of the eyes of its such a lot celebrated chronicler.
Peter Hennessy is the Attlee professor of latest British historical past at Queen Mary, college of London.
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