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Distilling the Frenzy: Writing the History of Our Times

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Britain's leading contemporary historian revisits the grand themes that have run through modern Britain, including the abiding trends of the post-war era—Britain's persistent impulse to punch well above its weight in the world and the secrecy that has too often surrounded state affairs.

In Distilling the Frenzy a heavyweight of British scholarship lays bear the historian's
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Biteback Publishing (first published May 29th 2012)
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Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this journalistic account of the history of our own times in Britain. He explores the development of issues such as the place of Britain in the world, the nuclear question, national security more generally, and constitutional reform (especially the House of Lords). His background as a journalist not only gives him a very engaging style, but also a personal background of involvement in the questions right up to his recent ennoblement and active participation in the affairs of the ...more
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At times an interesting book about the modern British state. Very much an insider's account, it sometimes veers off into long, tedious anecdotes. ...more
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A thrilling conceit, mixing memoir and high politics. A must-have for all Hennessy fans, or students of contemporary British history or Whitehall.
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Peter Hennessy is an English historian and academic specialising in the history of government. Since 1992, he has been Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History at Queen Mary University of London.

He was born in Edmonton, the youngest child of William G. Hennessy by his marriage to Edith (Wood-Johnson) Hennessy

Hennessy attended the nearby Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, and on Sundays he
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