Nterpretation of history drive me insane whether it be throwaway comments Woodrow Wilson was the most racist President of the 20th century and doesn t deserve the accolades of a nice liberal man head scratching apologist tracts a very surprising defense of Edward VIII or a slightly disturbing defense of the actions of Franco I also found the conclusion to be a bit abrupt compared to the introduction there was much I was hoping would be discussed and ruminated upon at the very end A N Wilson is a very popular historian and novelist this is the first book I ve read by him While his style is charming his research and history are not to my taste He tends to interject comments if only the Germans had bombed the ugly building rather than the attractive one including gossip did both the Mountbattens sleep with Nehru which is rather besides the point He also assumes that the reader is familiar with all the details Indeed if the reader were British this might be the case but not me
I M Sure He Sm sure he s smart and charming and I would love to sit next to him at a dinner party but not read another one of is books This could have been called The Decline and Fall of the British Empire and it must have been tempting to do soWilson provides a very detailed sometimes surprising and often wry telling of the history of the first half of the twentieth century It s a familiar story but this books fills a lot of gaps This book was generally pretty good although not as compelling as some other history books I ve read It was still interesting enough though This book looks at the history of Britain from the turn of the 20th century until the 1950s through the eyes of famous people who lived through this period The book is well written and well researched and covers periods of time not usually looked at in the same publication However the author never makes a persuasive *case as to why he has covered this period He says in the subtitle that he will be *as to why he has covered this period He says in the subtitle that he will be at Britain s decline and loss of empire but. Ers riveting accounts of the savagery of World War I and the world altering upheaval of the Communist Revolution He explains Britain's role in shaping the destiny of the Middle East And he casts a bright new light on the World War II ears Britain played a central role in defeating Germany but at a severe cost The nation would emerge from the war bankrupt and fatally weakened sidelined from world politics while America would assume the mantle of dominant world power facing off against the Soviet Union in the cold war Wilson's perspective is not confined to the. After the Victorians is a "Wonderfully Entertaining Book Wilson Is "entertaining book Wilson is excellent writer and is able *To Bring To Life The *bring to life the figures and dramatic events of British history in the first part of the 21st centuryThat being said the book does have
it s flaws It s fairly unforgivable that Wilson refers to President Harry Truman as lawyer when ins flaws It s fairly unforgivable that Wilson refers to President Harry Truman as lawyer when in he was the only 20th century President NOT to earn a college degree Missing this detail could be seen as a minor mistake but it belies the general lack of research Wilson appears to have undertaken on the other great powers of World War Two He admits that he basis his entire account of the decision to drop the atomic bomb on just one source and casually condemns the act as a war crime While doing this he glosses over the very complex issue of whether an ultimatum was really given to the Japanese or whether their was any reason to believe that Hirohito would have surrendered under any other circumstances other than the ones he surrendered underI m not trying to argue for or against the argument he is making it just seems that he could have put research into these areas and given credence to other viewpoints That being said this is a book about Britain and the issue of the atomic bomb is peripheral to his subjectThis is an excellent read and I recommend it to anyone interested in British or 20th century history The decline of Britain and loss of empire is a well covered topic in Britain at least This outing might have a desultory or depressive air but again Wilson brings an acute perception to a range of political and social issues and opens up new ways to interpret the record The social dynamic is particularly well done and should make the book available to readers who could be uninterested in major political or strategic histories This is an epic readbut it gets high marks for being a massive work of history that manages to also be a fantastic and enjoyable read I m keeping it from 5 stars because there are times when A N Wilson s The distinguished historian AN Wilson has charted in vivid detail Britain's rise to world dominance a tale of how one small island nation came to be the mightiest richest country on earth reigning over much of the globe Now in his much anticipated seuel to the classic The Victorians he describes how in little than a generation Britain's power and influence in the world would virtually dissolveIn After the Victorians Wilson presents a panoramic view of an era stretching from the death of ueen Victoria in 1901 to the dawn of the cold war in the early 1950s He off.
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