A History of Modern Britain
So, what does that mean? I think people might well disagree with me that this was conservative – I mean, there are places where he clearly supports the path taken by the Labour Party over the...more
While at times the book was a bit verbose and dry, for the most part Andrew Marr kept the tone remarkably accessible, and extensively quoted primary sources. The wry British humor is out in force when...more
The writing style makes the book and easy (if long) read, and some of the connections it uncovers are fascinating. "There is nothing new under the sun" - even the sixties, even the eighties. Especially 'New Labour'.
I prefer my history forwards, so when I came to read Andrew Marr's books I chose to read the newer The Making of Modern Britain before its precursor. Surprisingly for a journalist of Marr's standing,...more
From the post-war aftermath to the end of Blair's reign, Marr provides a rivetting insight into how Britain has changed, and how it hasn't. Themes such as immigration, car usage, the rise of supermarkets and the decline of politics run through this book, with short thematic chapters providing a comprehensive yet interesting vie...more
Andrew Marr, a British journalist, has written a history of Britain from 1945 to roughly 2008. As other reviewers noted, the book is heavy on political, particularly Parliamentary, history. But it also covers such matters as the British economy, the changes in popular culture such as the development of rock and roll in the 1960s, and the drastic reduction in union power in the Thatcher years. The earlier chapters tend to have relatively more material on social and cultural matters, such as live...more
this, and the rather awkward and unconvincing way a central theme - that Britain became transformed into a nation of shoppers - is proposed at a few odd points within the book, but is...more
I watched the BBC TV series and enjoyed it very much, but I would say that the book is where the treasure lies! There is so much more detail within the book, Marr's political insight and knowledge sheds so much more on the historical facts - it is just simply one of the best modern history reads of all times. At nearly 600 pages, the book never lets up, Marr never flags for something of great interest to say or analyse, and the pages just drift by with the reader de...more
Marr casts a critical, yet fond, eye over we British and our leaders. There's no discernible political bias - successive governments have their strengths and weaknesses appraised.
Having lived most of my adult life in times of relative wealth for Britain, I was surprised at just what a desperate state our economy was in during my childhood.
I was als...more
It is interesting how economically knackered the UK was in the 1940's, yet this became a driving force for the national health service - perhaps, given the circumstances, the biggest undertaking of any government ever.
The prologue which starts with the fall of the Britain Empire was eerily reminiscent of what is...more
I think few readers will gain any fantastic revelations from this book, but it's a fun read, and whizzes through ~50 years at a good lock considering the book's 600-page length.
I really enjoyed it, and would recommend to anyone with an inter...more
At times it is overly crafted, but generally it reads well and is at times almost eloquent.
Not a bad way to learn about modern Britain. I'd read i...more
I was helped by reading most of it when staying in a superb 1960s house with a cupboard full of press cuttings and magazine articles from the post war period.