This book was originally published in three volumes, but then it was republished in 2002 as one volume, which is much less frustrating when you really don’t want to stop reading it. This is a brilliant book, really well researched, it goes into ancient and modern history and shows why Britain was blessed the way it was, and what is happning to it now – and why. It was written in the 1980s, so some of the examples it uses are a little out of date, but interesting – if only to show how much worse Britain’s got. You’d think it would be a really depressing book, but it isn’t, it’s empowering and encouraging. Are we at rock-bottom? No I don’t think so, but we’re not far off it – and therefore anything we do now can only make an improvement, not make it any worse. It would have been interesting if he had written more about the modern education system, but then in the 1980s it wasn’t as bad as it was in the 1990s, and I suppose even the 1990s aren’t as bad as now. Great book. It absorbed me for hours – and now it’s challenging me.