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B. S. Mahtani

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loved it, buy it NOW!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-01-20

Bernadine has captured the lives of so many of us so exactly, she must have been at the same parties as me. Ended way too abruptly for me. Ready for the sequel. Don't hang about Bern. Will be reading Me Evaristo's other books after this one.

Black women have an untold history.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-19

Loved listening to this and will re-listen many times. Mainly because of the starting point being the eras long before transatlantic slavery. Complex, women-led societies rivalled the Roman Empire - not well known. Many new facts and details, very relevant right to the very present day in terms of eugenics, fake news, criminalization of black people. Heartbreaking stories of people who have more than overcome, but still stifled by institutional racism. Cleverly linking in the debates happening about decolonisation, returning artefacts to their land of origin, the role of museums, libraries, and universities as collectors, managers and knowledge creators. Lots to grapple with, and a realisation, that we are just barely scratching the surface. Chronology very helpful for a beginner like me.

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An honest critique of global capitalism

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-19

For once we weren't drowning in adulation of how apparently great empire has been. Mike Mason has done a great job of painting the history that is rarely told.... the voice might be a bit monotone for some, but even that didn't put me off from taking in this addictive, broad brush stroke of 70 years of history. He was measured and pragmatic in his critique, clearly well read and in touch with current affairs, including Trump, Brexit, the Far Right and much more. Worth persevering for informal and formal students of politics and global power. I have held back on 5 stars only because I want that chapter on climate change he should have done at the end.

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Brilliant, hopeful and highly recommended

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Reviewed: 16-03-19

A story about creating hope after a couple finds themselves homeless. It is a inpiring journey, intertwined with recounting how government poliicies undermine the working class who are landless, and obstacle the routes out of poverty. A very humanitarian and loving tale, of nature too along the coastal path, that brings out the reality of homeless people's lives and the under reported extent of the problem in rhe UK.

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Good for beginners by a passionate no dig farmer.

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Reviewed: 10-02-18

Really great. Quite long and drawn out but detailed and helpful knowledge, giving you the overview. probably the most successful in the biz.

brilliant intro that removes stress of the verbs

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Paul is an excellent confidence and knowledge builder that helps you enjoy the learning process. Will play again and again.

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Interesting and insightful overview of history

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Reviewed: 14-08-16

Very long but mostly interesting. Reveals how partial history is in terms of class, gender and race to me though these things are in sufficiently covered. It also shows how little we know of the past and how packaged our historical knowledge is with stereotypes - so some gaps filled. This audible book goes a little way to challenge conventional history but ultimately not far enough for me. Hence holding back from 5 stars.

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