Britain’s leading contemporary historian Lord Peter Hennessy talks about the grand themes running through the 20th and 21st centuries. Hennessey’s Distilling the Frenzy looks at the main trends of the post-war era, including Britain’s impulse to punch above its weight, the desire for a nuclear weapons, the contrasting styles and achievements of prime ministers from Attlee to Cameron, and the success and failure of constitutional reform. Hennessy uses his own experiences to tell the story through his own eyes, lending added poignancy to the large historical themes.
Peter Hennessy, Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, is Attlee Professor of Contemporary History at Queen Mary, University of London. He is author of many bestselling works including Whitehall; Never Again: Britain 1945-51; Having it so Good; The Secret State; and The Prime Minister.