Not with a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline
Theodore Dalrymple's new book of essays follows on the extraordinary success of his earlier collections, Life at the Bottom and Our Culture, What's Left of It. No social critic today is more adept and incisive in exploring the state of our culture and the ideas that are changing our ways of life. In Not with a Bang But a Whimper, he takes the measure of our cultural decline, with special attention to Britain-its bureaucratic muddle, oppressive welfare mentality, and aimless youth-all pursued in the name of democracy and freedom. He shows how terrorism and the growing numbers of Muslim minorities have changed our public life. Also here are Mr. Dalrymple's trenchant observations on artists and ideologues, and on the questionable treatment of criminals and the mentally disturbed, his area of medical interest.
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Review: Not with a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of DeclineUser Review - Jessica - Goodreads
I think I read this bloke as punishment, though for what I am not entirely sure. I can just about cope with the conservative vitriol and am mildly amused when I half agree with him, but his ... Read full review
Review: Not with a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of DeclineUser Review - Mary Catelli - Goodreads
A collection of essays. A sampler, not a thematic collection. But Dalrymple brings his usual wit and insight to all of them, from medical issues in William Shakespeare's plays, to public discourse, to ... Read full review
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