Library Ed. BBC Audiobooks America/ Sound Library 2004
CS ISBN 0792732030 $110.95 Fourteen cassettes
CD ISBN 0792732049 $115.95 Fourteen CDs
Niall Ferguson reminds us why the British Empire is still important. It's no accident that today the international language of science, diplomacy, and commerce is English, or that the predominant superpower in the world is the United States. All of this is a consequence of the British Empire's world domination, which peaked at the end of the nineteenth century and essentially ended by the mid-twentieth. How this came to be is a "ripping yarn." Ferguson compresses three hundred years of history by focusing on exemplary men and events, recounting their stories in a dramatic fashion more worthy of the cinema than a textbook. The tone is more than appropriate for the highway-bound multitasking audiophile who seeks to understand the broad strokes of history. J.W. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: OCT/ NOV 04]
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