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5.0 out of 5 stars Schama in his element, 9 Sep 2011
This review is from: A History of Britain III: The Fate of Empire 1776-2000: Fate of Empire; 1776-2001 Vol 3 (Hardcover)
This book was written to accompany a television series of the same name and there is an audiobook of it read by Timothy West, all of which I recommend.

Schama at his best needs an audience and he loves performing; I heard him recently (May 2011) giving a lecture on the Festival of Britain and his ability to relate to and communicate with the audience was great to watch. (Like David Starkey live, he is a wonderful users of language and an enthusiast for his subject, both of which draw people into his sphere of learning and interests.)

In writing, his erudition, encyclopaedic knowledge and skilful writing leap of the page of this, the last of three books covering 3000BC to 2000AD; this is 1779-2000. He makes connections others do not make and choices others do not, one of the reasons some people dislike his approach to history. The following chapter headings give a brief insight into his unique approach.

Forces of Nature: The Road to Revolution
Forces of Nature: The Road Home
The Queen and the Hive
Wives, Daughters and Widows
The Empire of Good Intentions: Investments
The Empire of Good Intentions: Dividends

Obviously, not everyone will agree with his choices or his observations but he is a fascinating historian, able to cover this immense period with great skill. (Having Timothy West reading it in the car whiled away many miles with informative, enjoyable listening.)

Recommended
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