Penguin Book


Empire

Jeremy Paxman

The influence of the British Empire is everywhere, from the very existence of the United Kingdom to the ethnic composition of our cities. It affects everything, from Prime Ministers' decisions to send troops to war to the adventurers we admire. From the sports we think we're good at to the architecture of our buildings; the way we travel to the way we trade; the hopeless losers we will on, and the food we hunger for, the empire is never very far away.
In this acute and witty analysis, Jeremy Paxman goes to the very heart of empire. As he describes the selection process for colonial officers ('intended to weed out the cad, the feeble and the too clever') the importance of sport, the sweating domestic life of the colonial officer's wife ('the challenge with cooking meat was "to grasp the fleeting moment between toughness and putrefaction when the joint may possibly prove eatable"') and the crazed end for General Gordon of Khartoum, Paxman brings brilliantly to life the tragedy and comedy of Empire and reveals its profound and lasting effect on our nation and ourselves.

Jeremy Paxman is an award-winning journalist who spent ten years reporting from overseas, notably for Panorama. He is the author of five books including The English. He is a prolific BBC presenter.

Praise for The English:

'Intelligent, well-written, informative and funny. A book to chew on, dip into, quote from and exploit in arguments' Andrew Marr, Observer

Division
Penguin
Publication date
06/10/2011
Category
  • History
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Extent
368
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