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Never Had it So Good

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Never Had it So Good

A History of Britain from Suez to the "Beatles" - Britain in the Sixties

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Never Had it So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the "Beatles" - Britain in the Sixties: v. 1: 1956-63 by Dominic Sandbrook
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In 1956 the Suez Crisis finally shattered the old myths of the British Empire and paved the way for the tumultuous changes of the decades to come. In NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD, Dominic Sandbrook takes a fresh look at the dramatic story of affluence and decline between 1956 and 1963. Arguing that historians have until now been besotted by the supposed cultural revolution of the Sixties, Sandbrook re-examines the myths of this controversial period and paints a more complicated picture of a society caught between conservatism and change. He explores the growth of a modern consumer society, the impact of immigration, the invention of modern pop music and the British retreat from empire. He tells the story of the colourful characters of the period, like Harold Macmillan, Kingsley Amis and Paul McCartney, and brings to life the experience of the first post-imperial generation, from the Notting Hill riots to the first Beatles hits, from the Profumo scandal to the cult of James Bond. In this strikingly impressive debut, he combines academic verve and insight with colourful, dramatic writing to produce a classic, ground-breaking work that will change forever how we think about the Sixties.

Author Biography

Dominic Sandbrook is set to lead the next generation of narrative historians. Born in Shropshire in 1974 and educated at Oxford, St. Andrews and Cambridge, he taught history at the University of Sheffield and is currently a fellow of the Rothermere Institute at Oxford.
Release date NZ
May 5th, 2005
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
16 colour illustrations
Imprint
Little, Brown & Company
Pages
848
Dimensions
153x234x53
ISBN-13
9780316860833
Product ID
1664797

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