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This review is from: Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress (Pax Britannica) (Paperback)
This first volume of Jan Morris' trilogy tracing the rise and fall of the British Empire, is simply riveting. Morris is a romantic - and none the worse for that, of course - and the story she has to tell is simply fascinating. I hadn't previously realised, for example, quite how accidental the Empire was; I think someone referred to it as having been acquired in a fit of forgetfulness, and that seems spot on.
Morris manages the huge sweep of the growth with exemplary skill, and is often extremely funny too, particularly in some wonderfully pointed foot notes.
This is a very easy read, and I mean that s a big compliment. Do give it a try - you'll be entertained and instructed, and come out at the other end with a real appetite to move on, as I did, to the succeeding volumes and see what happened in the end!