Having it So Good: Britain in the Fifties (2020)

Having it So Good: Britain in the Fifties Peter Hennessy Having it So Good Britain in the Fifties Winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Writing Peter Hennessy s Having it So Good Britain in the Fifties captures Britain in an extraordinary decade emerging from the shadow of war into growing af
  • Title: Having it So Good: Britain in the Fifties
  • Author: Peter Hennessy
  • ISBN: 9780141004099
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
Having it So Good: Britain in the Fifties Peter Hennessy Winner of the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, Peter Hennessy s Having it So Good Britain in the Fifties captures Britain in an extraordinary decade, emerging from the shadow of war into growing affluence.The 1950s was the decade in which Roger Bannister ran the four minute mile, Bill Haley released Rock Around the Clock , rationing ended and Britain embarked on the tWinner of the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, Peter Hennessy s Having it So Good Britain in the Fifties captures Britain in an extraordinary decade, emerging from the shadow of war into growing affluence.The 1950s was the decade in which Roger Bannister ran the four minute mile, Bill Haley released Rock Around the Clock , rationing ended and Britain embarked on the traumatic, disastrous Suez War.In this highly enjoyable, original book, Peter Hennessy takes his readers into front rooms, classrooms, cabinet rooms and the new high street coffee bars of Britain to recapture, as no previous history has, the feel, the flavour and the politics of this extraordinary time of change Utterly engaging a treat It breathes exhilaration Libby Purves, The Times If the Gods gossip, this is how it would sound Philip Ziegler, Spectator Books of the Year A particular treat fine, wise and meticulously researched Andrew Marr Stands clear of the field as our best narrative history of this decisive decade Peter Clarke, Sunday Times A compelling narrative Hennessy s love of the flesh and blood of politics breathes on every page Tim Gardam, Observer The late Ben Pimlott once described Hennessy as something of a national institution You can forget the first two of those five words GuardianPeter Hennessy is Attlee Professor of History at Queen Mary College, London, and the Director of the Mile End Institute of Contemporary British Government, Intelligence and Society He is the author of Never Again Britain 1945 51 winner of the NCR and Duff Cooper Prizes , Having it So Good Britain in the Fifties winner of the Orwell Prize the bestselling The Prime Minister and The Secret State.
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  1. Converse

    Hennessy s second volume on the history of Britain after the Second World War covers most of the 1950s after the end of the Labor government headed by Clement Atlee in 1951 After 1951, the Conservative party was in power for the remainder of the 1950s, under successively Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, and Harold MacMillan.Slowly over this period British politicians were slowly forced to admit to themselves the loss of British power in international politics This gradual realization occurred to [...]

  2. Martin Samuels

    Peter Hennessy is one of Britain s leading political historians and that shines through this volume Hennessy tracks the path of Britain in the 1950s through a close examination of the thinking and concerns of the Prime Ministers of the time, with a focus on Churchill and Macmillan Combining analysis of their personal papers with detailed examination of a number of key government documents, Hennessy brings out the central fixation of his main players with the twin issues of the implications of th [...]

  3. MadgeUK

    This book is an eloquently written sequel to Never Again Britain 1945 51, reviewed elsewhere I can comment no better than Peter Clarke, writing in The Sunday Times Stands clear of the field as our best narrative history of this decisive decadeyone over the age of sixty will relish the book for its masterly evocation of the 1950s the other set of must have readers is anyone under sixty Here is their guide to a part of the past that will no longer be a foreign country Or as Philip Ziegler wrote If [...]

  4. Peter

    Frankly I was a bit disappointed I was a young man in the 1950s and of course remember many of the incidents described by the author, which made it very interesting for me However, I found it heavy going and was quite glad to reach the end, and tick it off, so to speak Perhaps there is too much detail, or, likely, my age has had an effect on my concentration skills.

  5. Ilona

    Just started this book the title comes from Harold Macmillan s comment sometime in the late 40s early 50s shame on me should know this that the people of Britain had never had it so good.

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