Distilling the Frenzy

Distilling the Frenzy

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In Distilling the Frenzy, the UKa€™s leading contemporary historian examines the special considerations that apply to writing the history of onea€™s own times, and revisits the grand themes running through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He looks at Britaina€™s persistent impulse to punch well above its weight in the world; at the sustenance of the nuclear weapons policy which has accompanied that impulse; and at the intelligence operations which underpin it. For the human perspective on these huge issues, he applies his trademark blend of scholarship and wit to assess the contrasting styles and achievements of post-war prime ministers from Clement Attlee to David Cameron. As one of Britaina€™s foremost constitutional experts (and now a cross-bench peer) Peter Hennessy brings a unique perspective to the question of reform of the House of Lords, that irritation to the body politic once again at the very forefront of political debate. Shot through with a thread of autobiography that gives the book an especial immediacy, Distilling the Frenzy is a major work of contemporary history.The sculpting from the assets, human, physical and structural, in the armed forces , the Civil Service, the Diplomatic ... the impulse behindaparallel, though rarely synchronised, seriesoforganisational reports alongside the defence reviews. ... the three service departments;36the 2011Levene Reporton defence reform;37 the Trenda€“Greenhill reforms of theJoint ... Iwould answer a#39;possiblya#39;; a#39;probablya#39;, even.

Title:Distilling the Frenzy
Author:Peter Hennessy
Publisher:Biteback Publishing - 2012-05-29


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