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1.0 out of 5 stars Quite terrible, 27 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British (Kindle Edition)
I have struggled with this book for a variety of reasons:
all the time I am being told what to believe, rather than presenting facts and allowing me to decide for myself
there are inaccuracies throughout, both factually and in terms of the assessment and interpretation of facts
there is overwhelming bias - against the notion of the British Empire being in any way a positive thing
it is a chronological nightmare, with extraordinary jumps in time within paragraphs!
it is poorly written - a low grade A Level student's product at best
notes often refer to secondary sources, and stories (although often entertaning) are usually not sourced at all
there is a pomposity running throughout the book - "Listen to me, for I am right" which just will not do
and, finally, the book does not do what the title sets out to do - there is just a simple set of statements toward the end

So, it is pulp material at best. It's a huge pity though that on account of his name, this book will be read (and believed?) by a large number of people.
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