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
Marr’s background does show through in a couple of ways though. Although he does cover social trends and the life of ordinary Britons, the bulk of the book is taken ...more
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
Unfortunately I listened to the abridged audio book which was just too compressed, so the narrative seemed to jump around and was a bit disjointed. (But it was still long enough for Marr's narration, ...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'.
It is a strange phenomenon as recent events become part of history. Andrew Matt is a superb guide. His objectivity is impeccable, but he is never dull. Professionally he has interviewed many politicians - and it shows! No one will agree with everything he says, but reading this book is an enlightening experience. His epilogue taking the story as far as Brexit is truly memorable.
I liked his sub-theme of the rise of consumerism. I don’t know whether he is the first to present ...more
Similar to my experience reading 'Cameron at 10' last year, learning about modern British history made me feel like I was at that bit of an SFF novel where a character learns about the background of their world and how the current crises have come about. Britain's confused relationships with America and continental Europe are a major thread throughout our post-WW2 history.
Major catastrophes such as the Second World War cause major changes: ...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
I must say though, the length of time it took me read it is in no way due to it being a chore to read. My modern history is a bit appalling, I can tell you ...more
The book is ordered into tiny chapters, typically of around six pages (or so it feels). Because of this, and the author's concise, charming style, episode digestion is easy. The downside is, though, ...more