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."
Don't miss Simon Schama, Clive James, Bernard-Henri Levy, and Anna Deavere Smith talking about art and politics at The New Yorker Festival.
©2002 Simon Schama; (P)2003 BBC Worldwide. Produced in association with Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
"Schama has written a delightfully readable book that should be mandatory for anyone interested in British history." (Publishers Weekly)
"Schama's narrative is magnificent." (New York Times Book Review)
"My literary discovery of the year...British history made so playful and seen through the eyes of today." (Los Angeles Times)
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