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London: The Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Jon E. Lewis
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Fascinating ... brings the story of London to life. --Good Book Guide

Book Description

London: The Autobiography tells the story of the world’s greatest city through the people who were there. From Boudicca’s savage raid on Roman London in 60AD to the bombing of 7/7, London speaks for itself.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2530 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (1 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NZQEZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read 16 Jun 2012
By Z. Nye
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The historical detail includes reports of riots and court proceedings, eye witness accounts and transcriptions of historic documents. A truly fascinating read that I'm very glad I bought.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars london from ground level 21 Mar 2013
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a good book to pick up in quiet moments, full of interesting snippets of information. an entertaining read and a good exercise in understanding old english
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - Highly Recommend 17 Jun 2012
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I was lucky enough to download a copy of this for 99p as a "Jubilee Special Offer". What a marvellous bargain, the best history book I have read in a long time. The great joy of this book is that it's a chronologically compiled collection of reportage by contemporary observers (eye-witness accounts in some cases), that spans the history of London from the Boudiccan revolt right up to the London bombings of 2005.

I enjoyed Peter Ackroyd's history of London, but the book that Jon E. Lewis has put together goes straight to the primary sources of historical research, which gives us not only a feel for the political and social context of the events described, but also an insight into the emotions, prejudices and bias of the various commentators. The descriptions of places, people and events that shaped the city (and in some cases the nation), include a wonderful amount of detail, that is often overlooked by modern historians, but which really brings the history to life.

I lent this to a friend to while away 15 minutes, while I was attending a brief appointment, it took me 2 hours to get it back - I had to promise them I'd get them a copy of their own !

So although the "Special Offer" price is no longer available, I still think that this book is a definite "must buy" for anybody interested in the history of London.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 July 2012
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An imaginative format and a most enlightening account. Beautifully written and engaging to read. Delightfully constructed and clearly expressed.Thoroughly enjoyable highly recommended indeed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea 15 Jan 2013
By Westham
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Great idea to tell the whole history of the world's greatest city by showing the reader a great selection of the historical documents that have survived and leaving him to draw his own conclusions. There should be more books like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading the history of London 27 May 2014
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This was quite a fascinating read. I was surprised however to discover that half the book was covering things that happened in living memory. When you think about it of course there are more chances and methods now for recording events.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading 27 May 2014
By Alan
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Its very interesting and informative read some that are just as good if not better. Will keep for reference though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't like it. 8 Jun 2014
By Helen S
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Could Google most of it. Not very interesting. Reads more like a list. Was expecting more of a social history, but didn't get it. Maybe better if you are a Londoner.
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