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mr r d eggels

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  • Worth Dying For

  • The Power and Politics of Flags
  • By: Tim Marshall
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

When you see your nation's flag fluttering in the breeze, what do you feel? For thousands of years flags have represented our hopes and dreams. We wave them. Burn them. March under their colours. And still, in the 21st century, we die for them. Flags fly at the UN, on the Arab street, from front porches in Texas. They represent the politics of high power as well as the politics of the mob.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • meh!

  • By mr r d eggels on 18-05-18

meh!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-18

Some interesting bits, but ultimately weighed down by the dry narration which makes for an effective sedative. Not anywhere near as good as Prisoners of Geography.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Empire

  • How Britain Made the Modern World
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

Once vast swathes of the globe were coloured imperial red, and Britannia ruled not just the waves but the prairies of America, the plains of Asia, the jungles of Africa and the deserts of Arabia. Just how did a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic achieve all this? And why did the empire on which the sun literally never set finally decline and fall? Niall Ferguson's acclaimed Empire brilliantly unfolds the imperial story in all its splendours and its miseries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A useful overview, but with challenging biases

  • By Don on 05-02-18

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Extraordinarily compelling. Made me feel oddly proud of Britain's imperial legacy. Food for the inner jingo.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful