Globish: How the English Language Became the World's Languageby Robert McCrum
How English conquered the world: a Guns, Germs, and Steel argument based on the power of the word.
It seems impossible: a small island in the North Atlantic, colonized by Rome, then pillaged for hundreds of years by marauding neighbors, becomes the dominant world power in the nineteenth century. Equally unlikely, a colony of that island nation, across
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McCrum presents a fascinating, well-written history of how the English language developed and leads the reader to an understanding of how our language is widely spoken throughout the world today - with modifications. I haven't finished the book yet, but intend to soon. It is a work that requires concentration as McCrum knits together thousands of language-related facts into a cohesive story of the evolution of the English that people speak now. Anyone interested in language for its own sake should enjoy Globish.