Books by Lawrence James

EMPIRES IN THE SUN by Lawrence James
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"An often scintillating but flawed depiction of the European domination of Africa over more than a century."
A history of "the transformation of Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when almost the entire continent became a part of Europe's global empires." Read full book review >
CHURCHILL AND EMPIRE by Lawrence James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2014

"Exciting but very specific, this work will appeal most to those already knowledgeable about the subjects and looking for fresh insights."
An intriguing new look into both imperialism and a fascinating historical figure. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 6, 2010

"Still, the author provides a helpful chronicle of the traditions we hailed from and happily rebelled against."
A broad narrative history of British wealth and opulence since the Norman Conquest. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Solid enough, but cursory, providing little that cannot be found in standard histories."
A bloated commemoration of the Thin Red Line over centuries of valorous—and sometimes not-so-valorous—service to the Empire. Read full book review >
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE by Lawrence James
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A worthwhile if not particularly innovative study. (24 pages photos, not seen)"
A history of the British empire from its earliest swashbuckling days to the era of its maturity, when it buckled rather than swashed, by the biographer of Lawrence of Arabia (The Golden Warrior, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

"A lesser but still magnificent Lawrence. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Revisionist bio that tries to shrink T.E. Lawrence down to his actual deeds. Read full book review >