by R. T. Howard

 

Shortly after Emmanuel Macron’s presidential victory yesterday, Theresa May offered her congratulations in a statement from Downing Street: “France is one of our closest allies, and we look forward to working with the new president on a wide range of shared priorities.” Has this always been the way? While the British and French have always been close allies, separated only by the narrow English Channel, R. T. Howard argues that there has also been a tense rivalry under the surface of the relationship since the end of WWII. In Power and Glory, Howard examines the curious enmity churning beneath a superficial veneer of unity between Britain, France and the United States in unprecedented detail, and observes how it has shaped their relations in the present day.