In NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD, Dominic Sandbrook takes a fresh look at the dramatic story of affluence and decline between and Arguing that. Buy Never Had It So Good 1st Edition by Dominic Sandbrook (ISBN:) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Arguing that historians have been besotted by the cultural revolution of the Sixties, Dominic Sandbrook re-examines the myths of this controversial period and.

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An enthusiastic Keynesian, he spent government money with as much enthusiasm as Labour, and his colonial achievement in demolishing the British empire neber the assistance of Iain Macleod was as impressive as Clement Attlee’s.

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Dec 03, Daniel rated it really liked it. No trivia or quizzes yet. But by the time I had reached it was obvious I had more than enough material for one long book, covering the first half of the period we conventionally call the Sixties.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Nor am I arguing for more details as these books are quite lengthy enough as is! And the post-war Butskellite consensus, which for those of us with social-democratic inclinations, seems like the best British party politics has ever been. Arguing that historians have been besotted by the cultural revolution of the Sixties, Dominic Sandbrook re-examines the myths of this controversial period and paints a more complicated picture of a society caught between conservatism and change.

The book contains a wealth of detail on each of the episodes in describes, which together make up a very det A thoroughly entertaining book. The Suez crisis seems to me–and of course I could be wrong, since I’m a novice at British politics–as the exception that proves the rule; of course it ended in humiliation and the downfall of Anthony Eden, but the replacement of one center-right prime minister with another doesn’t seem that dramatic to me all things considered. No matter what the TV footage shows of Carnaby Street, that was not the experience of the majority of the nation.

In fact he’s weak on social developments as a whole, tending to look at the mass of the people mainly in terms of their behaviour as consumers. Having grown up in the period described in the book, From Suez to The Beatles, and having read quite a number of varied histories of the period I thought I was well up on it.


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He also doesn’t appear entirely comfortable with gay men; their legal has social situation gets a few pages within the section on spies, after the story of Burgess and Maclean the chapter later devotes 20 pages to Domiinic Fleming’s works alone and, invariably referring to them as homosexuals, he reports media slurs of the day in a sort of free indirect style, sounding not so much academically detached as perhaps slightly in agreement.

In JanuaryAnthony Eden resigned as the British prime minister and left with his wife for a cruise to New Zealand. He explains the vicious misogyny of the ‘new wave’ working-class films by pointing to how the consumer boom encouraged domesticity and the power of women, and shows how that consumerism meant most people didn’t give a damn about the loss of empire. If this period of British history interests you then I really recommend thi A large but very readable book.

Never Had It So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles by Dominic Sandbrook

Nov 22, Andrew Fish rated it it was amazing Shelves: And this, generally, is readable and marvellously comprehensive. Mr Sandbrook covers taxes and the strength of Sterling to the prosperity and consumer boom with a growth in disposable income for some sections and age groups with a rise in membership of clu This was a great read that covered a wide range of subjects and areas within Mr Sandbrook’s first period of his history that will run into the s.

What’s striking to me is that–aside from the trope that American culture is corrupting Great Britain–their arguments are otherwise exactly the same as those made by American cultural elites. Only a few sections did not hold my interest. My ship was diverted to domnic Mediterranean and I was left behind in Plymouth harbour on a battleship too vulnerable to go to sea, with David Dimbleby in the adjacent hammock.

I’ve watched S6 and its timeless, standing up to any classic comedies. I suppose I might say this again in my review of the next volume in the series, but seriously, what a prick. The author writes with great ease, quality and insight as he discusses literature of period including the unlikely friendship of Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin, to milk and Expresso sic coffee bars; and the scandal of the Profumo affair and the spies and ministers dkminic a wartime generation who acted and sounded differently to literary figures such as James Bond and George Smiley who challenged in outlook, popularity and approach.


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Aug 24, Brettsinclair70 rated it really liked it. I agree with the previous reviewers that the way in which the author weaves together strands of political, social, economic, and cultural history makes for fascinating reading.

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A mix of politics and culture of the times. My lasting memory of his era, in which I came of age, is the song we used to sing on the various CND marches from Aldermaston, a song with excruciating rhymes but excellent rhythm: In practice, the book builds in enough context from the immediate post-WWII period to explain the psychology around Suez and the initial application to join the EEC, and makes sense of how domestic politics unfolded during the period.

The great scandals of the day John Profumo, the defection of Kim Philby are also described. And I would have imagined that the Profumo scandal, which was both lurid and at least ostensibly connected to national security, would have proved the natural segue.

This book itself runs to over pages of small typeface and they are all of similar length. 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.

Sandbrook manages to show the entanglement of the two in a much more vivid way. Never Had It So Good is a sign that the period is slipping from memory into history, and young Sandbrook’s great advantage is that he can see how the similarities between people who then saw each goox as enemies were as striking sqndbrook the differences.