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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Little Englanders yearning for greatness and the return of empire, much of which was a sad story of imperial hubris and suppression anyway.

Never Had It So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles

Originally I planned to cover the entire period from to in one book. There are three more books in this historical series and I am going to savor each and every one of them.

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. Arguing that historians have until now been besotted by the supposed cultural revolution of the Sixties, Sandbrook re-examines the myths of this controversial period and paints a more complicated picture of a society caught between conservatism and change.

If this period of British history interests you then I really recommend this as an informative and entertaining read.

Macinnes comes in for much stick for being a posh class tourist and for exoticising and positive-stereotyping West Indian immigrants. I have never listened to one. May 20, Simon Fraser rated it really liked it. The breadth of subject matter works effectively — it might too easily have been detrimental to the book, taking the reader off at too many tangents, but Sandbrook identifies cohesive threads across and utilises them well.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. So tight and secretive was it that a journalist didn’t realise that Sir William Haley was the editor of the Times and a former BBC director general, and went through a whole interview thinking he was Bill Haley, the rock’n’roll pioneer.

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The obvious answer might have seemed to be either or Mar 13, Nigel rated it really liked it. Certainly these books can all be read as standalone offerings, since they are structured sqndbrook two ways: Explore the Home Gift Guide. Oct 28, Jonny rated it really liked it. I really enjoy British history–I was joking to a friend that it’s as interesting as American history but I don’t have to feel responsible for any of it–so I am excited to read the rest of the series.

This is a very enjoyable history of Britain as it changed post WW2 and as the country unwound it’s empire. The memories of those who were there, now mostly grandparents and well over 60, are sandbdook varied and anecdotal, the intimate and personal often looming larger than the political and the cultural. Two anecdotes of this book which particularly sadnbrook me smile: However, as we close with the end of the Beatles are atop the charts and a Labour Government is just around the corner, domnic it is clear to see the White Heat Mr Sandbrook’s title of the next volume and future PM Harold Wilson’s famous words of technology and science hanging in the wings for a nation on a great and seismic journey – and as a reader I’m enjoying the ride too.

Conjures the illusion of familiarity and expertise of a complex historical moment.

Never Had It So Good by Dominic Sandbrook

It is not sandbtook a modern phenomenon, it was happening in the ‘s. Mar 14, Ian Mapp ahd it it was amazing Shelves: I was able to find video ih David Frost walking off the set of his talk show in frustration over a guest who was an obvious liar and con man, and video of the Beatles singing Moonlight Bay in straw hats on a British variety show. History just as I like it. Takes a lot to keep a reader entertained over pages of Social and Political history.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. When I was at Oxford in the late 50s, the two largest political clubs in the university were the United Nations Association and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, both oriented towards foreign policy.


Review: Never Had It So Good by Dominic Sandbrook | Books | The Guardian

Whether or not Harry Truman might have done that, the fact of the matter is that he could never have gotten away with it. Subscribe now and get unlimited digital access on web and our smartphone and tablet apps, free for your first month.

Starting with Lonnie Donegan and skiffle and Elvis Presley and ending with the arrival of the Beatles, his book discusses many more familiar political stories in between.

Indeed, at times, the book flowed almost like a novel, so clear was his portrayal of the leading characters. As a reader who has few qualms about skimming when things slow down or get bogged down in academic jargon, I found myself reading nearly every word of Never Had It So Good. I have never spoken in any foreign-affairs debate in the House.

I used this book a bit when researching and writing my novel, To Save the Realm, which is set in London and Somerset in What’s striking to me is that–aside from the trope that American culture is corrupting Great Britain–their arguments are otherwise exactly the same as those made by American cultural elites.

This work of history covers Britain from the Suez Crisis to Dr.

Never Had It So Good is a sign that the period is slipping from memory into history, and young Sandbrook’s great advantage is that he can see how the similarities between people who then saw each other as enemies were as striking as the differences. Arguing that historians have been besotted by the cultural revolution of the Neer, Dominic Sandbrook re-examines the myths of this controversial period and paints a more complicated picture of a society caught between conservatism and change.

Jan 11, Bryan Wigmore rated it really liked it.

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