March 7, 2007


The Empire Strikes Back (MAX HASTINGS, 2nd March 2007, Daily Mail)

Steven Grasse is the sort of salesman who could make John Prescott seem to possess a brain, or Basra appear a fashionable holiday destination.

While possessing no discernible gifts as a writer or historian, after a lifetime in marketing Mr Grasse is storming America with a work entitled The Evil Empire: 101 Ways In Which England Has Ruined The World.

Out there in Little Rock and Grand Falls, it seems, they are lapping up this catalogue of British crimes and follies, from the Industrial Revolution (which caused pollution and global warming) to the Opium Wars (giving rise to drug addiction).

World War I was our fault because Germany wanted an Empire like ours; so was the rise of Nazism, thanks to British prewar appeasers sucking up to Hitler.

In Mr Grasse's book, poor old Britain is to blame for world poverty, Islamic terrorism (we created Saddam), even the Vietnam War - because we set the world trend for colonial expansion and the war would never have happened had the country not been a French colony.

Now, before readers of the Daily Mail overbook planes to the U.S. to punch this Steven Grasse, let me explain that his book is quite funny - maybe even intentionally so.

After the latest e-mail from these guys we're increasingly certain that it's satire, British Reparations
Hello - just wanted to send over the big news from the International Coalition for British Reparations... has launched!

Look for Steven Grasse's book, "Evil Empire: 101 Ways That England Ruined The World," coming April 15th worldwide from Quirk Books.

This week alone articles about Steven, the ICBR and his new book have appeared in The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, on the BBC and (today) "The Richard and Judy Show," (which is the UK equivelent to The Oprah Winfrey Show).



"Evil Empire: 101 Ways That England Ruined The World"
Website Launched

Philadelphia, PA - March 6, 2007 - People following the movements of the International Coalition for British Reparations (ICBR) will no doubt be intrigued by the launch of the official website for "The Evil Empire: 101 Ways That England Ruined the World ." Then again, even if you've never heard of the grassroots movement that preceded the publication of the book, due to be published on April 15, 2007, you'll probably be pretty curious as well.

First-time author, cultural studies analyst and media communications expert Steven Grasse penned "Evil Empire", which exposes the secret history of England's global misdeeds. The forward was written by Penny Rimbaud, the British musician, writer, poet, and cofounder of the anarchist punk band Crass The book is launched with much fanfare by the debut of their site:

Features include:

• Excerpts from "The Evil Empire: 101 Ways That England Ruined the World"
• International Coalition for British Reparations mini-documentary
• ICBR commercial
• ICBR press conference footage (held at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center)
• Downloadable wallpaper and AIM icons
• Link to purchase the book

The site, which features the extraordinary illustrations from the book, is a one-stop resource to understanding how England ruined the world (they think Kings and Queens are more important than the rest of us, hooked the Chinese on opium and invented the machine gun, among other atrocities).

"The Evil Empire: 101 Ways That England Ruined The World," hits bookstores April 15th, 2007.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2007 1:12 PM
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