The Monarchy: A Critique of Britain's Favourite Fetish

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Random House, 29. maÝ 2012 - 40 sÝ­ur

As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex bring renewed focus to the monarchy, now is the perfect time to re-examine Christopher Hitchens’s powerful polemic.

In this scathing essay, Christopher Hitchens looks at the relationship of the press and the public to the royal family, unpacking the tautology and contradictory arguments that prop it up. In his inimitable style, Hitchens argues that our desire not to profane or disturb the monarchy is a failure of reason and a confusion of reality. Fealty to the magic of monarchy stops us looking objectively at our own history and hinders open-minded criticism of our present. It is time we outgrew it.

With the recent birth of royal baby Archie, during a time of austerity and national inequality, Hitchens’s 10,000-word critique is even more relevant today than when it was first published in 1990.

'Christopher is one of the most terrifying rhetoricians that the world has yet seen' Martin Amis

 

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Ums÷gn notanda  - Michael_Rose - LibraryThing

It's not a very long read, and of limited value as a result, but the Hitch remains true to his style, and it is immensely enjoyable for that reason. I likewise do not "get" the fetish so many Americans have for the British royal family. Read full review

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Ums÷gn notanda  - benjamin7857 - LibraryThing

In this short essay Hitchens does what Hitchens does best: he takes a complex argument and separates out the most salient points, before presenting them cogently in what is, ultimately, a serious yet ... Read full review

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Christopher Hitchens was an English-born American author, journalist and literary critic. He was a columnist at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation, Slate, Free Inquiry, and a variety of other media in a career that spanned more than four decades and made him a prominent public intellectual, and a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. His books include The Monarchy; Blood, Class, and Nostalgia; No One Left to Lie Toand God Is Not Great. He died in 2011.

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