Ferguson's most revolutionary and popular work, this is a major reinterpretation of the British Empire as one of the world's greatest modernising forces.
Based on the Channel Four series that will be aired simultaneously with the book, it shows on a vast canvas how the British Empire in the 19th century spearheaded real globalisation with steam power, telegraphs, guns, engineers, missionaries, and millions of settlers.
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"Fantastic introduction to the British empire"
This is an ideal book for anybody interested in understanding the rise and fall of the British empire. Although it covers centuries of history, it transitions from eras and countries very well and leaves us wanting to know more (but in a good way).
The author gives a great performance with gives it a sincere angle as we detect passion and even sarcasm in some sections.
I'm looking forward to reading other books from Niall Ferguson.
"Ferguson should narrate all his books."
I have seen the TV series and this is a nice recap. Although abridged from the book (was based on the series), it does provide some perspective for comparison of e British Empire with the alternatives, pointing out that
The author-narrator's enthusiasm.
His confidence in his work.
The original from the book: How Britain made the Modern World.
"Disturbingly pro Empire"
The author sounds disturbingly pro Empire: reminiscing its greatness, explaining away its atrocities with on-the-other-hand...
"Informative and engaging"
Brilliantly knowledgable and balanced account of a controversial topic. Communicated with light hearted turns of phrase and tangible illustrations.
Helped me see a fuller picture of the British empire, and the incredible amount of good that came to the world through it, despite its faults. Highly recommended.
More like the notes to a TV show. An excellent summary but more detail would be good.
Having seen Ferguson take centre stage in his tv documentaries I was unsure of enduring hours of his narration. This is a superb audio. It makes such a difference listening to an author tell his story. His enthusiasm is infectious and really drags you into the book. For a first time ever I have listened again to certain chapters in the audio book so interesting and enthusiastic is the author.
Simple and rather shallow restatement of the basic facts. I was hoping for a deeper and more thorough analysis and ended up disappointed.
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