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- File Size: 17279 KB
- Print Length: 144 pages
- Publisher: Scholastic Non Fiction; new editon edition (5 July 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008H3W5WI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You want an example? Deary explains the circumstances (ie the brutish and stupid acts of the British) leading up to the Indian Mutiny, but he doesn't mention the Mutiny itself and the massacres of civilians. That's just perverse in my book. As Lawrence James points out in "Rise and Fall of the British Empire", only one Empire in history was dismantled voluntarily, and succeeded by a social club of ex members. And Niall Ferguson elegantly explains in "Empire" that the British Empire's contribution to stimulating world trade has create lasting benefits that must not be ignored.
It is quite obviously an attempt to indoctrinate children into a Leftist way of thinking - it is filled with guile towards Britain and other favourite hate targets of the Left such as the Christian Church. This is Deary's sinister way of getting back at right-wing historians such as Ferguson, of whom Deary says "Obnoxious people like Niall Ferguson write a book to prove that the British Empire was a good thing...He's a deeply offensive right wing man who uses history to get across a political point."
Such glaring hypocrisy is sickening. In child speak, Deary - Look in the mirror, mate.
So nakedly political in its angle, so left-wing and so biased. Deary me.
It's because of drivel like this that things are so bleak today, and society is on it's knees.
It would be immoral to give this book to impressionable children. I couldn't believe the biased things I was reading.
If this Mr. Deary has such a problem with the country in which he lives, perhaps he'd be happier moving to Zimbabwe.
So many negative comments here from people who don't like to learn about how horrible their own history was - it's a bitter pill, and one we should teach all of our kids.
Having skim-read it I decided to bin this and buy a different book for him.
Twisted, incorrect and aimed at the self-loathing, trendy, (il)liberal elitist section of today's Britain.
It's rather a shame when one looks at the Empire and just what was achieved in terms of liberty and progress when compared to the current decline of the West.
Save your money and buy Empire or Civilisation by Niall Ferguson instead.
PS Unlike the author I write this as someone who studied history and sociology, not as one with an axe to grind and a chip on my shoulder!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good, informative and educational.
A bit disgusting in bits, but in overall a good book.
P.s good read
You can't beat Learning about the past any better way than with Horrible HistoriesPublished 23 months ago by Anni
this book is grate because it has cartoons and teachers
about the British empire and therefore it is a great book
The writer of this book should be deported from this country, this is the sort of bigotry the Nazis wrote about the Jews.
Do not let young minds be brain washed by this trash.
I loved reading this book all about my country and how big my country used to be and it was great. 5 stars for Terry dearyPublished on 3 Jan. 2014 by Mr Martin
great book was missing from a set I got so delighted to complete my box set my son loves these storiesPublished on 26 July 2013 by ms sylvia jones
A well-balanced book only in so much as Dippy Deary has a whole sackful of chips on each shoulder. Self-hating leftist nonsense. Read morePublished on 9 April 2013 by Tim Randall
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