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Summary

Ferguson's most revolutionary and popular work, this is a major reinterpretation of the British Empire as one of the world's greatest modernising forces.

Based on the Channel Four series that will be aired simultaneously with the book, it shows on a vast canvas how the British Empire in the 19th century spearheaded real globalisation with steam power, telegraphs, guns, engineers, missionaries, and millions of settlers.

©2004 Patrick Hennessey (P)2004 Penguin Books Ltd

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Unexpected pleasure

Having seen Ferguson take centre stage in his tv documentaries I was unsure of enduring hours of his narration. This is a superb audio. It makes such a difference listening to an author tell his story. His enthusiasm is infectious and really drags you into the book. For a first time ever I have listened again to certain chapters in the audio book so interesting and enthusiastic is the author.

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Informative and engaging

Brilliantly knowledgable and balanced account of a controversial topic. Communicated with light hearted turns of phrase and tangible illustrations.

Helped me see a fuller picture of the British empire, and the incredible amount of good that came to the world through it, despite its faults. Highly recommended.

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Very superficial

Simple and rather shallow restatement of the basic facts. I was hoping for a deeper and more thorough analysis and ended up disappointed.

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Too brief

More like the notes to a TV show. An excellent summary but more detail would be good.

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  • Jean-sebastien Goyette
  • 01-12-11

Fantastic introduction to the British empire

This is an ideal book for anybody interested in understanding the rise and fall of the British empire. Although it covers centuries of history, it transitions from eras and countries very well and leaves us wanting to know more (but in a good way).

The author gives a great performance with gives it a sincere angle as we detect passion and even sarcasm in some sections.

I'm looking forward to reading other books from Niall Ferguson.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-02-12

Ferguson should narrate all his books.

What made the experience of listening to Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order the most enjoyable?

I have seen the TV series and this is a nice recap. Although abridged from the book (was based on the series), it does provide some perspective for comparison of e British Empire with the alternatives, pointing out that

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The author-narrator's enthusiasm.

What about Niall Ferguson’s performance did you like?

His confidence in his work.

If you could give Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order a new subtitle, what would it be?

The original from the book: How Britain made the Modern World.

Any additional comments?

Superb.

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  • Koen
  • 19-09-16

Disturbingly pro Empire

The author sounds disturbingly pro Empire: reminiscing its greatness, explaining away its atrocities with on-the-other-hand...