Top critical review
Well researched and interesting account of the development of the english language
on 1 January 2015
Overall an enjoyable read but I think the title is somewhat misleading. I suspect the "how the English language conquered the world" was at the insistence of the editor as it's clearly an afterthought.
I echo the sentiment of another reviewer that it would have been interesting to explore the development/diversion of English in the former colonies in more detail. This of course would have changed the tone of the book. As it stands, far more emphasis is placed on the development of the English language as opposed to its ascension as a global language - hence my previous comment regarding the title.
Nevertheless an enjoyable read which is also easy to follow despite the inherent dullness of explaining grammatical quirks. No small feat!
Only additional comment is the structure is somewhat odd. The book flows reasonably well but by the end it almost feels as if these were autonomous chapters arbitrarily strung together. This is perhaps more a comment on the last chapter specifically. I felt it was oddly placed and ended so abruptly with no real commentary on the overall significance of what gooden was trying to say. Somewhat disappointing and reason for 3 stars as opposed to 4