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The Great Deception

By: Christopher Booker,Richard North
Narrated by: Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
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Bloomsbury presents The Great Deception by Christopher Booker and Richard North, read by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart.

Since its publication in 2003, The Great Deception has taken on the role of the Eurosceptics' bible, with the third edition helping to fuel the debate during the 2016 EU Referendum.

This fourth edition celebrates the moment when the UK broke away from the European Union, having been extensively re-edited to incorporate newly available archive material and updated to include the tumultuous events of recent years.

The Great Deception, therefore, tells for the first time the inside story of the most audacious political project of modern times, from its intellectual beginnings in the 1920s, when the blueprint for the European Union was first conceived by a British civil servant, right up to the point when the UK resumes its path at as an independent sovereign nation after 47 years of membership of the European project in its various guises.

Drawing on a wealth of new evidence and existing sources, scarcely an episode of the story does not emerge in startling new light, from the real reasons why de Gaulle kept Britain out in the 1960s to the fall of Mrs. Thatcher and the build-up to the referendum campaign which had its roots in the Maastricht Treaty.

The book chillingly shows how Britain’s politicians were consistently outplayed in a game the rules of which they never understood. It ends by evaluating the post referendum negotiations and asking whether this is the end of an episode or just a new beginning.

©2021 Christopher Booker and Richard North (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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  • Categories: History

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"The authors perform a valuable service." (Brian Precious, Morning Star)

"The literature on European integration is dominated by an uncritical historicism that implies that the superseding of the nation-state in Europe is both inevitable and culturally desirable. A sceptical narrative has long been overdue." (The Historian, vol. 67, no. 4)

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  • Simon Brady
  • 01-20-22

The decline of European democracy

A very well researched and fully insightful look into to warped ideology to build an eu state by slowly but surely detaching people ability to initiate democratic change. The lies, conceit and manipulation to somehow construct an artificial state with no democratic legitimacy. The people of Europe (eu ) are governed and controlled by the commission, the ECB and ECJ. They can vote for whoever they like but the eu still governs. Passive democratic votes while the big decisions are made beyond the reach of the ballot box. The charade of democracy.
How remarkable that we successfully disentangled ourselves from this.
Forget Napoleon, the Kaiser and Hitler. Our membership of the eu was the closest we have ever come to losing our freedoms and values.

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  • Anbesaw
  • 08-31-22

it describes all the treaties, and agreements.

it surely gets into detailed historical narration. Though less Eurosceptic than many other authors, the author has expressed biased view.

But the book offers good learning of facts.