The early 21st century saw the USA elect its first black president and the Middle East stir with revolution. In Britain, however, a familiar breed, groomed for office in traditional Public Schools, returned to power. What clues have we whether such elite education produces excellence or expertise in self-deception? Clinging to the façade of inner faith, Blair lost the nation in Iraq; beneath his boyish mask of meritocratic sincerity, Cameron relied on bully tactics. A bicycle in Downing Street highlighted an old problem: divided Britain caught in an enduring trance, The Entitlement Illusion. In this controversial essay, brimming with politics, history, psychodynamics, neuroscience, anecdotes, passion and humour, the author argues that the obsession with sending the children of the well-heeled away to school has a major impact on British society, institutions and attitudes. Tracing the development of the Rational Man Project through the colonial period, he proposes that a normalised national character ideal, eschewing vulnerability and practising covert hostility, learned in the 'dorm' adversely affects those who did not have the educational privilege. led by "the boys in the men that run things", it leaves Britain in the social and emotional Dark Ages. Protected by vast financial interests and the "it never did me any harm" syndrome, this specific elitism's psychological profile renders Britain unable to foster the leadership skills required for our increasingly complex and interdependent world. Worse, new scientific evidence shows that this hyper-rational training leaves its products trapped within the confines of an inflexible mind, beset with functional defects: the Entitled Brain. Through the lens of the British case, Nick Duffell offers a perspective on the universal defects of untempered rationality and points to a model of leadership and education fitter for the uncertain future. This book is in very good condition apart from minor creasing to the corners of the cover and some small black marks to the top of the pages, only visible when the book is closed. The pages themselves are clean and appear unread.