ANATOMY OF BRITAIN by Anthony Sampson


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Anthony Sampson, a not-too-angry young columnist for The Observer, forthrightly juggles 50,000 facts, figures and fancies in a sweepingly suave, sweet-and-sour examination of England Today- who's running the show, how and why they're doing it, where's it going and what's up for the Nuclear Age future. He tackles the power elite (Royal Family, parliament, Downing Street, Whitehall), the social complex (civil service, industry, both private and national, merchant bankers and insurance firms), the mass-cultural apparatus (TV, the BBC, the press and the ominous growth of American-style ad-men); he notes the educational ""class struggle"" between Oxbridge and Redbrick universities, the need, not for less of The Establishment, but a closer-knit one, the importance of developing a new, non-Victorian ethos and a dynamic confrontation with the end of Empire and entrance into the challenging world of the Common Market etc. Big, bustling, overly-bright, occasionally controversial, the book's bound to be a popular primer on the public nature of people and institutions as they reflect the Isles now.

Pub Date: Nov. 21st, 1962
Publisher: Harper