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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This book, the first of two giving a social and political history of Britain in the Sixties, has been on my radar for many years. Never Had It So Good: Kim Philby’s career seems particularly damning, since he was not only responsible for the deaths of British assets, not only permitted to escape justice entirely by fleeing to Moscow, he was publicly exonerated in Parliament by the sitting Prime Minister. If this period of British history interests you then I really recommend this as an informative and entertaining read.

Indeed foreign countries only come into their own when the Beatles grace Hamburg with their presence. Harold Macmillan was the cartoonists’ favourite politician, with his drooping eyelids and walrus moustache. Dominic Sandbrook’s thesis emphasizes the essential conservatism of the era, to be sure, but Britain struck me as a notably conservative, stable place even by Western standards of the day. Yet it brought him a majority of in the election of On the voyage, he forged an improbable rapport with his year-old cabin steward who was called John Prescott, and is now the deputy prime minister.

Sandbrook’s entertaining history of the Butlin Holiday Camps that were like summer camps for the whole family was also memorable, and so was his informative section on the music that led up to The Beatles.

Dominic Sandbrook has written an entertaining and complete history of the late s and early s in Britain from the Suez crisis to the coming of the Beatles.

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.


They are definitely a canon of work as far as I can tell, one leading into the next and all apparently written in the same style. As a reader who has few qualms about skimming when things slow down or get bogged down in academic jargon, I found myself reading nearly every word of Never Had It So Good.

If you’re interested in contemporary British history, this is a great place to start. I can’t out my finger on specific examples and again, the detail that is present suggests such statements do have a factual basis, but still.

As late asthere are those saying that Trad Jazz will be the dominant music of the Sixties, until Beatlemania burst onto the scene and into the charts. Dominic Sandbrook makes much of that strange, now forgotten flowering of folk music in his wide-ranging history of the Sk era, which aims to cover both culture and politics. Sandbrook also balances his social history with his political history very well, and relates complicated events like the Suez crisi Wandbrook can read this after Call the Midwife, because they go together.

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Its a super fast moving time Takes a lot to keep a reader entertained over pages of Social and Political history. Today, Tony Blair is accused of being the new Eden, although his Iraq adventure has shaken the foundations of Middle Eastern tyranny. Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your access to the most informative and considered journalism in the UK.

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A well-known historian, commentator and broadcaster and author of two highly acclaimed books on modern Britain: The great scandals of the day John Profumo, the defection of Kim Philby are also described. I enjoyed it because I like reading history and this book covered a period of my childhood so it was lived history where I could compare the author’s descriptions with my own memories. Therefore we are treated to cultural issues, political, world events and societal changes by chapter, although basically all in chronological order although there is some overlap.

The great scandals of the day John Profumo, the defection of Kim Philby are also described. Andrews and Cambridge, he taught history at the University of Sheffield and is currently a fellow of the Rothermere Institute at Oxford.


It’s remarkable to me that top officials in Whitehall and 10 Downing Street were able to simply neved not to air their own dirty laundry, and in that way keep a lid on serious controversy. Sep 23, T.

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

Read the full article. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Paperbackpages. Having It So Good: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Read more Read less. Amazing how cycles of incompetence occur in parliament – do s not learn. A second novelty, and for baby boomers an ominous one, is that he can’t remember the Sixties.

I really enjoy British history–I was joking to a friend that it’s as interesting as American history but I don’t have to feel responsible for any of it–so I am excited to read the rest of the series. 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 clubs, the increased prevalence of electricity leading to more refrigerators, TVs and car ownership and holidays.

He iy the growth of a modern consumer society, the impact of immigration, the invention of modern pop music, and the Britis 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.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. It is a tribute to Sandbrook’s literary skill that his scholarship is never oppressive. Nov 22, Andrew Fish rated it it was amazing Sajdbrook How did Britain start to imitate and resemble the U. I read Macinnes’ Absolute Beginners before finishing this book and what it seems to me to show is a stage in the evolution of attitudes: Aug 20, Martin Willoughby rated it did not like it.