Butler to the World

Butler to the World How Britain Became the Servant of Tycoons, Tax Dodgers, Kleptocrats and Criminals

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A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN: THE TIMES · SUNDAY TIMES · ECONOMIST DAILY MAIL · DAILY MIRROR · NEW YORKER · SPECTATOR PROSPECT · WATERSTONES · IRISH TIMES LONGLISTED FOR THE FINANCIAL TIMES BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2022 PRESENTER OF THE BBC RADIO 4 SERIES 'HOW TO STEAL A TRILLION' 'Brilliant' Marina Hyde, Guardian 'A savage analysis of Britain's soul. As essential as Orwell at his best' Peter Pomerantsev 'Horribly brilliant' James O'Brien How did Britain become the servant of the world's most powerful and corrupt men? From accepting multi-million pound tips from Russian oligarchs, to enabling Gibraltar to become an offshore gambling haven, meet Butler Britain... The Suez Crisis of 1956 was Britain's twentieth-century nadir, the moment when the once superpower was bullied into retreat. In the immortal words of former US Secretary of State Dean Acheson, 'Britain has lost an empire and not yet found a role.' But the funny thing was, Britain had already found a role. It even had the costume. The leaders of the world just hadn't noticed it yet. Butler to the World reveals how the UK took up its position at the elbow of the worst people on Earth: the oligarchs, kleptocrats and gangsters. We pride ourselves on values of fair play and the rule of law, but few countries do more to frustrate global anti-corruption efforts. We are now a nation of Jeeveses, snobbish enablers for rich halfwits of considerably less charm than Bertie Wooster. It doesn't have to be that way.

Book information

ISBN: 9781788165877
Publisher: Profile
Imprint: Profile Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 330.941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 11679
Number of pages: 273
Weight: 564g
Height: 161mm
Width: 240mm
Spine width: 31mm