Synopses & Reviews
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. In this provocative new look at the course of empire, Robert McCrum shows how the language of the Anglo-American imperium has become the world's lingua franca. In the twenty-first century, writes the author, English + Microsoft = Globish.
A daring revisionist history of the English language. . . . History buffs and linguistics junkies alike will devour this love letter to the English language.Gripping and profoundly informative.Robert McCrum argues, brilliantly and provocatively, that England’s greatest contribution to the world is English. The empire may be gone. But Globish explains why the language still rules. --Malcolm Gladwell
Globish presents a terrifically interesting prism through which to view the history of English . . . Most fascinating and amusing . . . Mr. McCrum’s rapid journey . . . makes entertaining reading. --Paul Levy
"A fascinating study not only of the roots and growth of our own language but of its future."--
About the Author
Robert McCrum is the associate editor of The Observer and lives in London with his wife, Sarah Lyall. His books include the bestselling The Story of English, My Year Off, Wodehouse: A Life, and Globish.