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on 13 July 2014
I absolutely loved this book.
A N Wilson is luminously intelligent, and his prose style is luminously clear and engaging. I wish history books had been like this when I was at school. The author has a wonderful ability to sum up a person, a place or an event in a few words that light up the page.
I particularly liked his sense of fairness: Winston Churchill is shown warts and all, and Edward VIII gets a sympathetic reassessment. A N Wilson reveals some very dirty secrets about the British in India, whilst arguing for the positive aspects of the Empire. He shows us why the Nazis were popular in Germany, and why this did not make the Germans much different from the rest of us.
And it's not just politics: there are illuminating chapters on religion, literature, science and art.
Fascinating, enthralling, often deeply moving and sometimes very funny - this is quite simply one of the best books I have ever read.