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    DescriptionThe 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; and, 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.


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    Title
    Empire
    Subtitle
    What Ruling the World Did to the British
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jeremy Paxman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 621 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780670919574
    ISBN 10: 0670919578
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    LC subject heading:
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDB
    BIC subject category V2: HBTQ
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    DC22: 909.0971241
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDB
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: NHD, NHTQ
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBCU
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    VIKING
    Publication date
    06 October 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Jeremy Paxman was born in Yorkshire and educated at Cambridge. He 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 the presenter of Newsnight and University Challenge and has presented BBC documentaries on various subjects including Victorian art and Wilfred Owen.
    Review quote
    He writes with wit and penetration, and every page of Empire can be read with relaxed pleasure -- Spectator Paxman is witty, incisive, acerbic and opinionated ... In short, he carries the whole thing off with panache bordering on effrontery -- Piers Brendon Sunday Times A very engaging account...with a good sprinkling of jokes, funny nicknames and sexual references. Paxman makes some very sharp points and writes well -- Guardian