In this episode the author and journalist Philip Stephens takes us back to a crucial month in post-war British politics. December 1962, he explains, set Britain’s relationship with the rest of the world for the next half century.
Featuring in this episode is the elderly British prime minister, Harold Macmillan; the charismatic US president John F Kennedy; and the trenchant French statesman Charles de Gaulle. In this one month these three men would set out their contrasting visions of what kind of country Britain would be.
The scenes, characters and storylines in this episode of Travels Through Time all feature in Philip Stephen’s new book, Britain Alone: the path from Suez to Brexit (Faber)
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Scene One: 5 December 1962. Dean Acheson’s speech to the cadets of the Military Academy at West Point, New York.
Scene Two: 15 December. Macmillan's visit to Rambouillet to meet with Charles de Gaulle.
Scene Three: 19 December 1962. Macmillan travels to the Bahamas to meet President John F Kennedy.
Memento: The text for Dean Acheson’s ‘West Point Speech.’
Presenter: Peter Moore
Guest: Philip Stephens
Producers: Maria Nolan
Titles: Jon O
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