Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 70% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

4.0 out of 5 stars A very readable and thought provoking history, 6 Nov. 2009
This review is from: A History of Britain III: The Fate of Empire 1776-2000 (Hardcover)
I fancy this is a history which is best read by those with previous knowledge. It's an unusual tour through the 225 years. It focuses strongly on some individuals and/or territories/areas - especially Ireland and India - and has no pretensions of being even half-way exhaustive. Despite Scharma being rather too left-wing and anti-capitalist for my taste (his economic "analysis" is often simplistic or plain wrong - employers are always squeezing workers; never, in Scharma's world, do they raise wages in response to market forces/scarcities!), mean would be the reader who could not appreciate his sheer skill in writing. I found particularly compelling his description of competing British visions of how to deal with India in the nineteenth century and his interpretation of how doomed was the Raj by the end of that century. By then, there springs into the history, with his combination of daring-do and voracious reading and writing, Winston Churchill. He, of course, stubbornly clung to the Empire and several other lost causes, before his sudden elevation at a worse-than-desperate hour for his country. This elevation is preceded by a particularly fine overlapping and interweaving of the lives of Winston Churchill and George Orwell in the later chapters of the book. Can any history have described so well in so few pages the 1930s in Britain?
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]