George C. Christie (Duke): Freedom of Expression and Its Competitors. Christopher J. Coyne and Abigail R. Hall (George Mason): The Empire Strikes Back: Adam Smith, John Stuart Mill, and the Robust Political Economy of Empire. In his book Patterns of Empire: the British and American Empires, 1688 to the Present, Julian Go argues that, far from being exceptional, the US is closely emulating the behaviour of previous empires. Not-so-special relationship: Geoffrey Wheatcroft on Dean Acheson and the myth of Anglo-American unity. Paul Carrese reviews Fighting Monsters: British-American War-making and Law-making by Rory Brown. Obsessed with the "special relationship": Will Self on the British and their bizarre view of Americans. Jonathan Yardley reviews The Atlantic Ocean: Reports from Britain and America by Andrew O’Hagan. Why don’t Americans save more? Blame the English.