In NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD, Dominic Sandbrook takes a fresh look at the dramatic story of affluence and decline between and Arguing that. Buy Never Had It So Good 1st Edition by Dominic Sandbrook (ISBN:) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Arguing that historians have been besotted by the cultural revolution of the Sixties, Dominic Sandbrook re-examines the myths of this controversial period and.
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In this strikingly impressive debut, he combines academic verve and insight with colourful, dramatic writing to produce a classic, ground-breaking work that will change forever how we think about the Sixties. Particularly strong on social and cultural history although sl spent far too long on some aspects of popular culture albeit important aspects e.
Never Had It So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles
The Emergence of Globalism: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Arguing that historians have been besotted by the cultural revolution of the Sixties, Dominic Sandbrook re-examines the myths of this controversial period and paints a more complicated picture of a society caught between conservatism and change. My ship was diverted to the Mediterranean and I was left behind in Plymouth harbour on a battleship too vulnerable to go to sea, with David Dimbleby in the adjacent hammock.
Dec 01, Michael Sterckx rated it liked it. This, after all, sp the era that marked the import of American comics, jazz and rock music, as well ndver of commercial television and the concept of the teenager.
Already a subscriber or registered access user? Sandbrook manages to show the entanglement of the two in a much more vivid way. Overall an excellent book and I’m looking forward to reading the follow-up White Heat covering the second half of the ‘s.
He explores the growth of a modern consumer society, the impact of immigration, the invention of modern pop music sandbrokk the British retreat from empire.
And the post-war Butskellite consensus, which for those of us with social-democratic inclinations, seems like the best British party politics has dkminic been. Book 1 of the Gereon Rath Mystery Series. More worrying perhaps are some statements that sound rather like assertions without evidence that have crept into the text. Little Englanders yearning for greatness and the return of empire, much of which was a sad story of imperial hubris and suppression anyway.
The sections on culture and social history are interesting and the book is a better read for the fact that it has a mild thesis running through it that of challenging the belief that changes in social attitudes and The first of Sandbrook’s ‘post-war’ series, this is well researched, full xandbrook detail and covers a diverse array of material. The Profumo affair, with which I thought I was au fait, is addressed and explained in an extremely clearly, managing to get the whole thing into its proper perspective and clarifies the effect of the media and the sensationalist headlines of the time.
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History just as I like it. He explores the growth of a modern consumer society, the impact of immigration, the invention of modern pop music, and the British retreat from empire. Much attention to detail and if you make notes, you come out of it with tonnes of references for further exploration.
Sandbrook also balances his social history with his political history very well, and relates complicated events like the Suez crisi You can read this after Call the Midwife, because they go together. No attempt is made to reinterpret the era from the perspective of the 21st century. In this book, as opposed to “Seasons in the Sun” I found the author’s views creeping into the history rather more than I remember.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It’s well-written and easy to read. The obvious answer might have seemed to be either or On the voyage, he forged an improbable rapport with his year-old cabin steward who was called John Prescott, and is now the deputy prime minister. They thought that ‘history would not deal with them as it had dealt with other nations which had strutted their brief moment of power on the world stage Sandbrook does his best, but he lacks the literary talent to cover such a wide canvas and keep the reader awake.
Never Had It So Good · Dominic Sandbrook
In practice, the book builds in enough context from the immediate post-WWII period to explain the psychology around Suez and the initial application to join the EEC, and makes sense of how domestic politics unfolded during the period. With big books, even when they have problems like that or the excessively detailed chapter on the succession of Alec Douglas-Home there can be so much right with them in the other odd pages that without notes it’s easy to forget the flaws.
He paints a picture of the country in those post war years, as rationing ended and there was a greater wealth and consumerism.
The explanation is simple: He pain This book, the first of two giving a social and political history of Britain in the Sixties, has been on my radar for many years. Having grown up in the period described in the book, From Suez to The Beatles, and having read quite a number of varied histories of the period I thought I was well up on it.
An enthusiastic Keynesian, he spent government money with as much enthusiasm as Labour, and his colonial achievement in demolishing the British empire with the assistance of Iain Macleod was as impressive as Clement Attlee’s. This the second of the 4 Sandbrook tomes that I have read soo the subject of UK history from the Suez Crisis up to The middle-class leaders of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament were as convinced that the British could continue to lead the lesser breeds as the most diehard empire loyalists.
But he does have a theme: History may not repeat but it certainly does echo. A thoroughly entertaining book. With the old Tories gone, the Sixties were meant to end elitism and bring a meritocracy.
I felt as if I was living through everything described.