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This history of London ranges from the fires and plundering of Londinium to the art, music and politics of the 1990s.
Paperback, 1111 pages
Published 1998 by Macmillan
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Over the past two weeks, whenever I haven't been packing, working, or cleaning, I've been marathon reading Inwood's History of London. Don't let the book's size daunt you: Inwood keeps everything zipping along at a good clip and doesn't get bogged down in minutiae -- if anything I would have preferred more detail in some sections. Overall, though, I found this extremely coherent and readable, and a good foundational overview of London's development.

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Edoardo Albert
Now this is an interesting addition to reading categories: book as offensive weapon. Honestly, I'm not joking - I weighed my edition (and I have the paperback!) and it came in at over 3 lbs (or 1.4kg for the metrically minded) - so chucking this at an assailant, a critic or a Brummie would certainly cause severe bruising, probably concussion and, hitting the right spot, possibly even death. Even reading it was a workout for the wrists: mine are now like the steel hawsers that they used to use on ...more
Candy Wood
Now this is a comprehensive history of London, more than 900 pages plus almost 100 more of endnotes and bibliography. It's also very readable. Inwood asserts in the preface that "London, I found, is not a city that can easily be enjoyed in ignorance," and he is determined to promote enjoyment by dispelling ignorance. As Roy Porter's introduction points out, Inwood's approach emphasizes people as much as geography, politics, architecture, and so on, always making clear how those topics have affec ...more
Reddy Katz
If you dont know your history dont read this book it wont fill you in.
If you do know your history dont read this book you'll be bored to tears!
If you simply like brushing up on knowledge and like big books then by all means go ahead but dont expect it to be interesting
A bit plodding but it is worth the minutia gleaned from this book. Helps to appreciate a visit to London
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