Britain lies at a crossroads. With a financial system on its knees, a dwindling army, and its international influence waning, what is the role of UK in the international sphere? And with the changing priorities of the Obama administration, does ?the special relationship" really mean anything? Telling you all you need to know about the first modern democracy, Richard Grayson covers the structure of the British government, the political parties, the power of the media, and where Britain stands internationally. Containing a detailed history of its politics, this is a perfect resource for anyone interested in America's closest ally. Dr Richard Grayson is Head of Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London.