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Unique insight into history, a must,
This review is from: Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World (Paperback)
This guy is REALLY good. I had just finished Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals and ordered this straight away. I am now about to order Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire.
Whilst the writing at times can slow down and you tend to jump a paragraph, there are some absolutely shocking facts presented in this book in a way that completely changes your thinking.
Two of the uniques of this book are (a) accuratel description of the pre-colonial developing nations (b) descriptions critical social commentary at the time. These two approaches destroy conventional wisdom very subtley. The presentation of facts does not come over in a BNP style make-you-stop-listening rant but in a calm indisputable style. This should be a must for amateur historians and is up at the top table with John Pilger etc.