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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Huw Evans | 9/8/2013

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

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About the Author
Author Simon Schama

Simon Schama is a professor of art history and history at Columbia University and is the author of numerous award-winning books; his history Rough Crossings won the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. He has been a cultural essayist for the New Yorker and has written and presented more than thirty documentaries for the BBC, PBS, and the History Channel, including The Power of Art, which won the 2007 International Emmy for Best Arts Programming.