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 fact he’s weak on social developments as a whole, tending to look at the mass of the people mainly in terms of their behaviour as consumers.

Your subscription will end shortly. Sandbrook also has that happy knack of combining his extensive research and detailed analysis of the times with an account that is immediately accessible and engaging.

Its a super fast moving time Takes a lot to keep a reader entertained over pages of Social and Political history. This was a great read that covered a wide range of subjects and areas within Mr Sandbrook’s first period of his history that will run into the s.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. And this, generally, is readable and marvellously comprehensive. It wasn’t until months after buying this and its sequel White Heat in autumn that I found out the author was a Tory; already slightly regretting the purchase of these huge tomes, I was even less keen after that but still wanted to read about the era in detail. His dismissing of British New Wave kitchen sink cinema was unfair though and he conveniently overlooked key films such as A Taste Of Honey which countered his argument that they were largely working class, chauvinistic and small c conservative in outlook.

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I’m looking forward to reading volume 2, “White Heat. At the end of this book, we have Harold Wilson as the leader of the Labour Party and it is obvious that political change is coming — and welcomed by most. As an American who has been visiting the UK for almost 30 years this book explained a lot to me.

Mar 13, Bevan Lewis rated it it was amazing. I felt as if I was living through everything described. Andrews and Cambridge, he taught history at the Sanxbrook of Sheffield and is sanebrook a fellow of the Rothermere Institute at Oxford. It saddens me, and one can see where that began in these pages. This book itself runs to over pages of small typeface and they are all of similar length. 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.

It’s well-written and easy to read. Born in Shropshire in and educated at Oxford, St.

In this book, he references some aspects of social history that he will cover in detail in subsequent volumes and this is sensible. If this period of British history interests you sandbrokk I really recommend this as an informative and entertaining read. If gokd interested in contemporary British history, this is a great place to start. Sandbrook has no sense of amazed discovery and is never able to seize the reader and say “Look what I’ve found out; you should know about this.

Dec 01, Michael Sterckx rated it liked it. Of course, inthe British Invasion will begin and London will suddenly swing into the Sixties proper. In America, the rather more tenuous ‘loss’ of China prompted a scarring political debate that affected foreign policy for a generation.

Never Had It So Good: Yet he constantly downplays this development and fails to measure its significance. Arguing that historians have been besotted by goos 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.

I’m used to massive histories–but godo usually on such a small period of time.

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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. This is my favorite time and place to read about. I’m conscious that I’m just listing things here, but it is really difficult to convey the richness of the book without producing a much longer review.


And I would have imagined that the Profumo scandal, which was both lurid and at least ostensibly connected to national security, would have proved the natural segue. Jun 04, Paul domiinc it it was amazing. Read the full article.

As late asthere are those saying that Trad Jazz will be the dominant music sqndbrook the Sixties, until Beatlemania burst onto the scene and into the charts.

Might wait until S3 of the Crown. Refresh and try again. Lists with This Book. But definitely worth it for the way it deepened my understanding of topics such as Suez and the Profumo affair just enough for my level of interest, in a fairly compact package. Please try again later. Read more Read less.

He overdoes his attempts to describe the popular culture of the day and his apparent fixation with The Beatles resulted in an absurdly prolix gold frankly boring chapter on his analysis of the reasons for their dizzying rise and meteoric success. These are not too overt and, of course, the author always has the right to such assertions. We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details.

If you’re interested in contemporary British history, this is a great place to start. Start your free trial. You are currently logged out. He made Sandbgook Macmillan incredibly likeable; I already knew of him as probably the most progressive Conservative PM we’ve ever had but knew little about him as a person.

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It’s just that he can’t stop mentioning his friends’ races, which seems like a legacy of pre-Second World War essentialism. Topics History books The Observer. Thanks for telling us about the problem.