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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (3 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845951263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845951269
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bryan VINE VOICE on 20 July 2010
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Jerry White's London In The Twentieth Century is a remarkable book full of statistics and memories. The book is neatly divided up into sections and then the sections divided up into periods of time. This must have been an exhaustive event to undertake and can be proven by the two sections at the back of the book entitled Notes To Pages and Bibliography - these two sections alone take up nearly 100 pages of the book and proves the extensive research Jerry White took to write his book - and then 20 pages are devoted to the index!
The text of the book is very absorbing, beautifully describing London at any given point in time, from the turn of the century to the Millennium. Anybody living or brought up in London at that time will be able to appreciate the unfolding events described, whether, for example, it is the building of roads to link the small towns, the introduction of the north and south circular roads or even the laying down of the orbital motorway or the fluctuation of crime between the two world wars, the introduction of 'muggings' and the birth of the Teds and violence of the skinhead movement. Everything seems to be covered in the text, from markets and stores to finance and politics to crime and the police force to yuppies and council estates to immigration to emigration. Just reading a section brings back floods of memories, (personally) some good and some unpleasant but a delight all the same.
The book also includes some black and white plates, including the famous photograph of Winston Churchill at the siege of Sidney Street (1911) - well before my time! - and the Brixton Riots (1981) - which I remember driving through on my way to a night out in London!
Definitely...GREAT STUFF!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Empress on 24 Sep 2009
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Alongside his companion volume London in the nineteenth Century, this is a wonderful, easy to read biography of the city (without being over-simplified). For anyone who grew up in London - or arrived to fall in love with the city it is an excellent explanation and record of how our city developed. Historic decisions are contextualised within the history of the country more generally and you are helped to make links between social, Political, architectural changes.

He is working on the Eighteenth Century as I write. Can't wait!

PS You will become absorbed - a good holiday read, one chapter is never enough!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By London looks on 3 Mar 2011
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As an adoptive Londoner, I loved this book and helped me to understand my city better. It's been a long time since I read it, but I really found it compulsive reading and even dragged it on the Tube despite it's doorstop size. I only came on here because I wanted to get a Kindle version of the his history of London in the 19th century, which sadly isn't available yet.
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By terry s on 12 Jan 2013
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Jerry White doe.s it again
the third Jerry White book on LONDON and another great read
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the greatest city in the world
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