Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire

Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire

by Simon Winchester
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Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire by Simon Winchester

Simon Winchester, struck by a sudden need to discover exactly what was left of the British Empire, set out across the globe to visit the far-flung islands that are all that remain of what once made Britain great. He traveled 100,000 miles back and forth, from Antarctica to the Caribbean, from the Mediterranean to the Far East, to capture a last glint of imperial glory.

His adventures in these distant and forgotten ends of the earth make compelling, often funny reading and tell a story most of us had thought was over: a tale of the last outposts in Britain's imperial career and those who keep the flag flying.

With a new introduction, this updated edition tells us what has happened to these extraordinary places while the author's been away.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060598617
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/15/2004
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 479,321
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, The Map That Changed the World, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen. He resides in western Massachusetts.

Hometown:

New York; Massachusetts; Scotland

Date of Birth:

September 28, 1944

Place of Birth:

London, England

Education:

M.A., St. Catherine¿s College, Oxford, 1966

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Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Carolyn Seals More than 1 year ago
Anything by this author is certainly entertaining and well done. I have read all of his books and enjoyed them thoroughly, BUT in this one his anti-american slant is very evident. Good old England's empirical history isn't exactly something to rave about. Sorry I put money in your pocket on this one, Mr. Winchester.
Superior_Shores More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for two reasons; (1) Simon Winchester is one of the best authors I have read. His book on Krakatoa out-classed any other book I've read to date. (2) The photo on the cover is not where you think it may be. In fact, I have showered inside the phone booth in the British Virgin Islands and yet, it's not even mentioned in the book. As with other viewers, there is a definite anti-American slant to this book even though he now resides in the United States. The book is no comical and really, especially toward the end gets downright boring. I kept in mind that this was written in the 80's and early 90's but things have changed a much of what was written then is old news now and actually is no longer pertinent. I am a huge fan of Simon Winchester, but this book does not do his brilliance any justice.
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This book has a terrific flow. Of all the travel books I have read, this book gave me the most incentive to continue reading after the completion of a chapter, etc. I honestly didn't think a load of far-flung islands could be this intriguing, but honestly, Winchester makes them. Historical context, humor, its all there.