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The Resource Heroic failure : Brexit and politics of pain, Fintan O'Toole

Heroic failure : Brexit and politics of pain, Fintan O'Toole

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Heroic failure : Brexit and politics of pain
Title
Heroic failure : Brexit and politics of pain
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Fintan O'Toole
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politics of pain
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postwar England and the rise of nationalism
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eng
Summary
In exploring the answers to the question: 'why did Britain vote leave?', Fintan O'Toole finds himself discovering how trivial journalistic lies became far from trivial national obsessions; how the pose of indifference to truth and historical fact has come to define the style of an entire political elite; how a country that once had colonies is redefining itself as an oppressed nation requiring liberation; the strange gastronomic and political significance of prawn-flavoured crisps, and their role in the rise of Boris Johnson; the dreams of revolutionary deregulation and privatisation that drive Arron Banks, Nigel Farrage and Jacob Rees-Mogg; and the silent rise of English nationalism, the force that dare not speak its name. He also discusses the fatal attraction of heroic failure, once a self-deprecating cult in a hugely successful empire that could well afford the occasional disaster: the Charge of the Light Brigade, or Franklin lost in the Arctic. Now failure is no longer heroic - it is just failure, and its terrible costs will be paid by the most vulnerable of Brexit's supporters, and by those who may suffer the consequences of a hard border in Ireland and the breakdown of a fragile peace
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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"--
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10829650
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UKMGB
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1958-
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O'Toole, Fintan
Dewey number
942.068
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
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  • European Union
  • Brexit
  • Great Britain
  • European Union countries
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
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postwar England and the rise of nationalism
Label
Heroic failure : Brexit and politics of pain, Fintan O'Toole
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Publication
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An Apollo Book
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-217)
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
000064858797
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 217 pages
Isbn
9781789540987
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Label
Heroic failure : Brexit and politics of pain, Fintan O'Toole
Publication
Note
An Apollo Book
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-217)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000064858797
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 217 pages
Isbn
9781789540987
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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