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The Politics of Pain

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Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   7 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/05/2019

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The Politics of Pain

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684574957
Digital Download ISBN:9781684574940

Summary

From one of the most perceptive observers of the English today comes a brilliantly insightful, mordantly funny account of their seemingly irrational embrace of nationalism.

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From one of the most perceptive observers of the English today comes a brilliantly insightful, mordantly funny account of their seemingly irrational embrace of nationalism.

England's recent lurch to the right appears to be but one example of the nationalist wave sweeping across the world, yet as acclaimed Irish critic Fintan O'Toole suggests in The Politics of Pain, it is, in reality, a phenomenon rooted in World War II. We must look not to the vagaries of the European Union but, instead, far back to the end of the British empire, if we hope to understand our most fraternal ally—and the royal mess in which the British now find themselves. O'Toole depicts a roiling nation that almost ludicrously dreams of a German invasion, if only to get the blood going, and that erupts in faux outrage over regulations on "prawn-flavored crisps." A sympathetic yet unsparing observer, O'Toole asks: How did a great nation bring itself to the point of such willful self-harm? His answer represents one of the most profound portraits of the English since Sarah Lyall's New York Times bestseller The Anglo Files.

Reviews/Praise

“A solid combination of candor, clever turns of phrase, and clear insight into the English psyche.” —Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

Author Bio

Fintan O'Toole writes for the Irish Times, the Guardian, and the New York Review of Books. A winner of the Orwell Prize and the European Press Prize, he lives in Dublin and in Princeton, New Jersey.