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Bang! A History Of Britain In The 1980s [Hardcover]

Graham Stewart

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Feb. 26 2013
Britain in the 1980s was a polarized nation. With the two main political parties as far apart as at any time since the 1930s, the period was riven by violent confrontation, beginning with the explosion of rioting that rocked England's cities in 1981 and again in 1985; a year-long fight with the National Union of Mineworkers, and then with print workers in Wapping. There was the war to retake the Falkland Islands and the re-escalation of the troubles in Northern Ireland, which began with hunger strikes and peaked with the attempt to assassinate the entire Cabinet in the Brighton bombing. It was also a decade of political innovation—in the life and death of the Social Democratic Party, the mass privatization of state-owned industries, the sale of council houses, and the deregulation of financial markets—and cultural ferment, with the rise and fall of indie pop, the emergence of house music, Channel 4 and the growth of alternative comedy; and Prince Charles's interventions on architecture. Graham Stewart's magnificent and comprehensive history of the eighties covers all these events, and many more, with exhilarating verve and detail, and also examines the legacy of a decade that sowed the seeds of modern Britain.

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS (Feb. 26 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848871457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848871458
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 5.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 980 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #628,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Graham Stewart has done a terrific job. His book brings the decade vividly to life and convincingly places it in perspective... Stewart is a gifted writer. He possesses a novelist's ability to engage the reader's interest... Excellent." — Toby Young, Mail on Sunday

"A thorough, well-marshalled overview of the politics of the 1980s." —Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

 "An entertaining and insightful summary of interesting times." —The Times

 "Stewart has written an accomplished, politically minded history of a decade in which Britain was painfully reborn." —Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Graham Stewart is the author of the internationally acclaimed Burying Caesar: Churchill, Chamberlain and the Battle for the Tory Party. He was educated at St Andrews and Cambridge universities and is a senior research fellow of the Humanities Research Institute at Buckingham University. His other books include Friendship and Betrayal, The Murdoch Years volume of the official history of the Times and Britannia: 100 Documents that Shaped a Nation.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Biased inaccurate view of 1980's Britain from a pro-Tory perspective Aug. 2 2013
By ger - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a heavily biased account of the 1980's, told from a Tory perspective. It ought to have been called 'Thatcher - her story' as every significant event in 1980's Britain - privatisation of state industry, the miner's strike, the Falklands conflict, Brixton riots, Northern Ireland - is told from a overtly sympathetic Tory viewpoint, with little or no attempt at impartiality or balance. I bought this book as I hoped it would be similar to Dominic Sandbrook's accounts of Britain in the 1960's & 1970's - it isn't. If you're a Conservative voter or a Tory grandee you'll love this book, but for readers who want a history book that isn't a Thatcher version of Mein Kampf, avoid avoid avoid.
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book Nov. 6 2013
By Gadgetgeek - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book, should be mandatory reading in schools if for no other reason than it seems to me to be a balanced view of what happened during the period. It's well written and not too dry or stuffy, with all books on history there is the issue that it is the authors view and can never be an exact science. I enjoyed the book and having lived through this period and voted for every major political party I found it refreshingly close to the truth given the left wing propaganda which is prevalent regarding this period in Britain's history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia July 11 2013
By Celtic mark - Published on Amazon.com
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A good book covering Britain in the 1980's, it's exactly as it says on the cover.
A good read for anybody who wants to look back on life in the 1980's uk

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