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An America drowning in red ink is the land of the free no more
Topic - Richard Davenport-Hines
Richard Davenport-Hines was an eight-year-old schoolboy then, but such things had even percolated into the cloistered world of his prep school. Asked to name a word beginning with a vowel, he innocently picked one he had seen in a servant's newspaper — orgy — which promptly earned him a caning. Soon, the headmaster was lecturing the boys about banning Ian Fleming's "Dr. No" from the school on the grounds that it was sadistic, a term our author also did not know. Half a century later, he has given us a marvelously lively and evocative account of that pivotal year, which saw the downfall of a prime minister and paved the way for a socialist government to be elected in 1964.
Mr. Davenport-Hines quotes someone who knew him well saying that "he was protean in his shape-shifting: 'one moment you had a salmon in your hand, the next it was a horse.'"