The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire
- Narrated by: Ray Porter
- Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 25-10-11
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
So strap on your pith helmet for a rollicking ride through some of history’s most colorful events. The Politically Incorrect Guide to the British Empire provides a panoramic and provocative view of 400 years of history that will delight and amuse, educate and entertain.
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By Anonymous User on 03-12-11
Not what I thought it'd be
The book consists of around 20 disconnected autobiographical histories of important figures who created the British Empire. However, there is virtually no argument for or against the British Empire being a good or a bad thing. Rather, Crocker just seems to like the people he describes and on the basis that they were quite fascinating characters the British Empire was a good thing. Any sort of analysis of what the British Empire actually did, for good or ill, was not present.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Rachel on 22-05-18
Do Not Read This Book
I am the first to say that it is good to engage with arguments, discussions and people that you disagree with. However, my intellectual disagreement with this book, the fact that is dismisses the genocide of thousands of colonised natives in favour of a deeply unfashionable big-man history of white colonisers, is nothing compared to the patronising tone, clickbait format and blatant inaccuracies that pepper this book. It is at best profoundly selective and at worst deliberately misleading. Not to mention my personal favourite - the misuse of the word 'Scotch' to describe the Scottish people. Mr. Crocker, Scotch is for whisky and eggs, Scottish is for people. If there was ever proof that Americans lack awareness of culture, race, history and The concept of 'facts' this is it.
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By snozek on 12-05-16
By the end, I lamented both the end of the book and the fall of the British Empire!
While this is not a white-washing of the history of Britain, it is a tale seldom told of the rose, glory, and recession of the greatest empire in the history of man.
You disagree? I challenge you to listen to the tale of this book with a truthful heart and not form a similar conclusion.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Jared on 07-08-16
Incorrect and weak historical summery
While trying to come off as coherent and rebellious challenging modern concepts on the nature of past British imperialism. The historic narrative sharply veered off into the realm of implausible followed by impossible and finally landing squarely within the realm of the ridiculous.
It is understandable, and praise worthy, to develop perhaps an understanding of British imperialism from the perspective of the twin pillars of liberalism and conservatism. These concepts were terribly defined. It is not understandable to simply excuse outward racism and prejudice.
I have many more serious problems not least of which the overt sexism, clear bias towards religious fundimentalism, and describing the second opium war as a victory to instill free trade, but I won't spend all night writing this review. The real point of this book is a poorly written excuse riddled fantasy account of history extolling the virtues of a fictional Libertarianism over a modern equally fictional 'politically correct' Socialism.
TL;DR This book is garbage. Not worth the read.
4 of 11 people found this review helpful