The English and Their History

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5 out of 5 stars
By m sinclair on 02-20-17

A big commitment, easily paid off!

This is the first history book I've read since school.

It seemed daunting with the size of it at a nuts 45+ hours and it's taken me months to get through.

Please don't let this stop you though from taking it on.

This book has helped me to have such a vastly more expansive view of history from our own little island perspective.

Not only that but it's made me fall even more deeply in love with my own country of birth!

I am so very proud to be English!

Thank you Robert!

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26 of 26 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By D. D. Paxton on 10-26-16

This is a masterpiece.

It's incredible that a subject so vast can be so comprehensively explored in one volume. Tombs manages it and does so with balance and insight. This is an exceptional work.
Far more than a chronological collection of facts and anecdotes, Tombs provides analysis which constantly appears somehow refreshing, vital, and incontrovertible. Perhaps this is why the book is recommended by people from across the political spectrum.
Highly recommend.

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14 of 14 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By robyn on 11-04-16


very informative, the narrator has a tone of voice that kept me interested all the way through. a must for lovers of British history!

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Stephen Johnson on 11-29-16

Thoroughly interesting and engaging work

Although initially slightly intimidated by the length sheer scale of this audiobook, the lure of its scope paired with such good reviews were too much to resist.

Having read a few other works on general English history, mostly due to a frustration at lack of coverage during my schooling throughout the 2000's, this book provided a perfectly pitched walkthrough of the series of events that lead to England's present state. For me personally, no topic was lingered on for too long, and coverage was good. Although focused on England, there is also enough discussion of events that occurred in other nations which add context to the reasons why these impacted those in England.

The final proportion covering the past 40 years (especially the last 20) were extremely refreshing, mostly just to remember events which today's constant news cycle make so easy to forget.

Interesting and thought-provoking...what more could you want from a book

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By mat brown on 09-01-16


A great read that looks at English history from a different view point highly recommended

The readers smooth tones help me through some of the more arcane subjects

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12 of 14 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By qwerty on 03-18-17

Fresh view on broad canvas

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Well researched and presented. Quite a radical but curiously uncontentious broad canvas view of England, Britain and the UK and the world in general. The last remark put it in perspective for me.

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