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A History Of London

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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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Ruth
Apr 19, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2015 Edoardo Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2015 Reddy Katz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adults
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
Nancy
Oct 27, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit plodding but it is worth the minutia gleaned from this book. Helps to appreciate a visit to London
Jim Lane
Sep 21, 2016 Jim Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A challenging read. Lots of info, and well documented, but often quite plodding.
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