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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (331 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Simon Schama Narrator: Timothy West Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN:
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Simon Schama's final volume of his epic history of Britain, The Fate of Empire, opens on the eve of a bloody revolution, but not a British one. The French Revolution never actually crossed the Channel, through its spirit of fiery defiance and Romantic idealism did, sparking off a round of radical revolts and reforms that gathered momentum over the coming century - from the Irish Rebellion to the Chartist Petition. The Fate of Empire make stops at celebrations, like the Great Exhibition, and catastrophes, like the Irish potato famine. Amidst the military and economic shocks and traumas of the twentieth century, and through the voices of Churchill, Orwell, and H.G. Wells, Schema asks the question - is the immense weight of British history a blessing, a curse or a milestone around the neck of the future?

The Fate of Empire is a compelling epic made more so by lively storytelling and bold character. But alongside flamboyant heroes, Schama recalls unsung heroines, like the Crimean War nurse Mary Seacole, and virtually unknown enemies like Indian Islamic Jihadi warrior Ahmadullah. And with the grand ideas, Schama also exposes the grand illusions that cost untold lives, as when India's viceroys let millions of starving Indians die.

As he brings the narrative up to the present, Schama takes a hard look at ambitious post-World War II liberal dreams and analyzes what happened to them. His conclusions emerge in The Fate of Empire and reveal the living ideals of Britain's long history, a history that tied together social justice with bloody-minded liberty. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/5/2014

    " A decent (if conservative) history of the Isles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/11/2013

    " I need to read this again, but I know I enjoyed it first time round. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 11/25/2013

    " great series; not sure but the illustrations and photos may be the best part "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Huw Evans | 9/8/2013

    " please see Schama, the Wars of the British. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marks54 | 5/9/2013

    " This concluding volume covers the history of Britain from the US revolution to the present. As you might expect, it is a broad survey of themes but that is OK. I have read more detailed accounts. The section on the establishment of the Raj in India was the most interesting part of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 5/9/2013

    " Whew. A lofty endeavor but interesting. Think I will just watch the bbc presentations for the next 12 volumes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 5/6/2013

    " Probably the most compelling of the series. The end of the Victorian era through to the end WWII in particular is covered brilliantly, primarily from the perspective of Churchill, who is portrayed sympathetically, although not hagiographically thankfully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 8/29/2012

    " Great set of books. This series of books is also great on dvd "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/18/2012

    " I first saw the series on dvd. The books are way more detailed (of course). He is a dramatic historian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger Jane | 6/24/2012

    " I heart Simon Schama forever. Of course, if I was to be hell picky about my history I would probably have something more critical to say. As it is - I just - I just - I lurve him. I want to have his history babies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 6/18/2012

    " Dull compared to the first two volumes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen Dawson | 6/6/2012

    " The account of Britain's history concludes, as the subtitle says, with a focus on the fate of the Empire. But there is a good deal of focus on the peoples and social history of Britain too, which makes for quite a balanced and varied account. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 10/17/2011

    " Probably the most compelling of the series. The end of the Victorian era through to the end WWII in particular is covered brilliantly, primarily from the perspective of Churchill, who is portrayed sympathetically, although not hagiographically thankfully. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marks54 | 6/12/2011

    " This concluding volume covers the history of Britain from the US revolution to the present. As you might expect, it is a broad survey of themes but that is OK. I have read more detailed accounts. The section on the establishment of the Raj in India was the most interesting part of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 12/15/2009

    " Great set of books. This series of books is also great on dvd "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 12/15/2009

    " loved this 3 part british history
    set. Would recommend "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 11/23/2009

    " A decent (if conservative) history of the Isles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 8/12/2009

    " I heart Simon Schama forever. Of course, if I was to be hell picky about my history I would probably have something more critical to say. As it is - I just - I just - I lurve him. I want to have his history babies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 4/8/2009

    " Dull compared to the first two volumes. "

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About the Author
Author Simon Schama

Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York. His award-winning books include Scribble, Scribble, Scribble; The American Future: A History; National Book Critics Circle Award winner Rough Crossings; The Power of Art; The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age; Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Dead Certainties (Unwarranted Speculations); Landscape and Memory; Rembrandt's Eyes; and the History of Britain trilogy. He has written and presented forty television documentary films for the BBC, PBS, and The History Channel, including the Emmy-winning Power of Art, on subjects that range from John Donne to Tolstoy.

About the Narrator

Timothy West is an acclaimed actor who played the role of Sir Leicester Dedlock in the Masterpiece Theatre presentation of Bleak House. He is a frequent narrator of audiobooks.