I keep getting e-mails from a PR promoting a book called, The Evil Empire: 101 Ways That England Ruined the World by Steven Grasse.
America's most prestigious newspaper, The New York Times, there is a piece about the mystery depression of Britain's young people. The article says that they spend all of their time drinking, drugging and doing petty crimes. May we say that we know what is illing these young adults...GUILT!"
"They feel guilty about being the wayward sons of such an evil empire that has spread so much destruction over the past half-millennium around the globe. Only reparations will release these youngsters and allow them to live productive lives.
"The End of Visa Waiver?"
Perhaps they have read a copy of the Philadelphian Steven Grasse's fast-selling recent work entitled, "The Evil Empire: 101 ways in which England has ruined the world", in which Britain gets blamed for world poverty, Islamic terrorism (Britain created Saddam), even the Vietnam war (because Britain set the world trend for colonial expansion and the war would never have occurred had the country not been a French colony). As one commentator here in London noted recently, "A book seemingly created by a bunch of Philadelphia bar bores conjuring up insults against Britain ..... merely demonstrating that they have not studied History past sixth grade. The equivalent of a bunch of numbskull Brits getting together over a pint in the Dog and Duck and commenting on how the Yanks never get involved in wars until the hard bit is over and play a brand of football that looks like giant turtles mating. Steven Grasse is no more worth getting angry about than Mel Gibson's risibly anti-English version of the Battle of Stirling in Braveheart, or Steven Spielberg's film Saving Private Ryan, a portrait of D-Day without any Brits."
- Dominic Whiteman
There are times when Londoners must offer a silent prayer for the joys of living in their maddening, overcrowded, magnificent city. This week, while crossing Hungerford Bridge at night, and gazing along the river towards St Paul's, and then, the next day, wandering through St James's Park, resplendent in early spring, it was possible to believe that one was right at the heart of the civilised world.
Yet, as we know, "into many a green valley drifts the appalling snow".
The avalanche came this time in the form of a book written by an American advertising executive and historian manqué, one Steven A Grasse (the 'A' is intended, one supposes, to confer authority).
"Global Reparations FROM England???....Think AGAIN!"
Steven A. Grasse, the author of the book The Evil Empire: 101 Ways England Ruined the World, has created a website called britishreparations.org seeking reparations from England to the rest of the world to the tune of 31 trillion pounds (appx. $8300/person worldwide). And while I agree that nothing quite says, "Sorry for the historical butt-reaming," quite like eighty-three hundred smackers in cold, hard cash, that one silly-ass "solution" begs a single silly-ass question.
Well, at least according to Steven Grasse, it's because England has "ruined the world" by inflicting upon it a bunch of "British things" like The Industrial Revolution, and "Bad Inventions," claiming that, "If it hurts people, the British probably came up with it."
NOTE: As an impolite aside to Mr. Grasse; "Hey stupid! Have you ever heard of Nerve Agents, such as Tabun, Soman and Sarin? Yeah, they're called "G-agents" because they were all invented in GERMANY!
Steven Grasse is the sort of salesman who could make John Prescott seem to possess a brain, or Basra appear a fashionable holiday destination.
While possessing no discernible gifts as a writer or historian, after a lifetime in marketing Mr Grasse is storming America with a work entitled The Evil Empire: 101 Ways In Which England Has Ruined The World.
Out there in Little Rock and Grand Falls, it seems, they are lapping up this catalogue of British crimes and follies, from the Industrial Revolution (which caused pollution and global warming) to the Opium Wars (giving rise to drug addiction).
World War I was our fault because Germany wanted an Empire like ours; so was the rise of Nazism, thanks to British prewar appeasers sucking up to Hitler.
In Mr Grasse's book, poor old Britain is to blame for world poverty, Islamic terrorism (we created Saddam), even the Vietnam War - because we set the world trend for colonial expansion and the war would never have happened had the country not been a French colony.
ccording to a new book - "The Evil Empire: 101 Ways That England Ruined The World" (the author obviously not knowing the difference between "England" and "Great Britain") - Britain is an evil nation responsible for many of the world's woes.
Written by Amercian Steven Grasse, Britain must pay £31 trillion ($60 trillion) in damages (to put that into persective, the US economy, the world's largest, is $13 trillion). Grasse even has an organisation to do with all this - The International Coalition for British Reparations - of which there are many members.
- Charles Laurence