Andrew Mumford. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2018. 241 pp. Notes. Biblio. Index. $34.95.
Andrew Mumford performs a clever feat: he catalogs the extensive intrigues and exchanges between Americans and Britons in the past seven decades to make the point that the fascinatingly complex relationship is not so special at all. For Mumford, the very idea that there exists any special relationship is a mirage. Like a white elephant, the partnership is ruinously extravagant and not at all useful. To Mumford, British leaders and citizens should shed sentimental ideas about Anglo-American unity and instead treat this bilateral relationship like any other.