His specific observations are often dead-on but when he slips into generalizations, especially those involving American history, things can get ugly. He calls the shootings by the National Guard at Kent State during 1970 anti-war protests, which left four students dead, one paralyzed, and eight seriously injured, “Perhaps the most shameful and shocking example to date of ruthless state power perpetuated in America against its own citizens.” Perhaps an editor should have asked Mr. Fry to consider the fiery FBI-Branch Davidian showdown in Waco, Texas.
This book has some good, short writing and some truly wonderful pictures. That makes it a great coffee table book or a supplement to the BBC series. But it’s perhaps not the ideal introduction to Stephen Fry for the uninitiated.
Jeremy Lott is editor of Capital Research Center’s Labor Watch newsletter and author of “The Warm Bucket Brigade: The Story of the American Vice Presidency.”