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Made in Britain [Kindle Edition]

Evan Davis
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Looking at how Britain pays its way in the world today. Like Andrew Marr’s HISTORY OF MODERN BRITAIN or Michael Palin’s HIMALAYA, the book will have a coherence and life beyond the television series, mirroring its basic structure, but looking at some issues in greater depth, and telling additional stories to illustrate some of the ideas.

This book is about the things that Britain produces in order to pay its way in the world, from physical goods that we can see and feel, to intangible services that are much harder to quantify. We don’t have to be prejudiced in favour of certain types of value: we shouldn’t assume finance is modern, and manufacturing out of date for example. What matters is what sells and for how much. From manufacturing to technology, design and the services industries, this book will provide a cutting edge analysis - via entertaining stories - about what we make and why it matters.

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Could not be more relevant Scotland on Sunday A lively, upbeat account of the way we make our living -- Independent On Sunday Sean O'Grady Hits the spot. Upbeat, balanced and ... filled with interesting facts ... An engaging book written by an author whose passion and command of his subject shine through City AM


Could not be more relevant Scotland on Sunday A lively, upbeat account of the way we make our living -- Independent On Sunday Sean O'Grady Hits the spot. Upbeat, balanced and ... filled with interesting facts ... An engaging book written by an author whose passion and command of his subject shine through City AM

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5033 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group; 1st edition (19 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZKVG1I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What a fantastic book to read! It will open your mind about what Britain still has to offer the world and challenge your views on services v manufacturing. I personally work with British exporters and see a lot of what Evan Davis writes about put into practice every day. The British economy has changed and it keeps changing - will we embrace the change and feel proud of our achievements and excited about what's ahead? A clever, thought-provoking book that you'll go back to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to the topic... 7 Sept. 2014
'Made in Britain' is an entertaining and enlightening myth-busting analysis of the British economy, an ideal starting point for the non-specialist or enquiringly student , with its focus more or less exclusively on private sector activity. Evan Davis writes with a flowing, good humoured light touch. His central theme is that yes Britain is very much open for business. However, it has suffered and continues to suffer from being rather too dependent on the service sector, consumption rather than investment growth (hence the significant o- going balance of payments problem) and issues relating to regional imbalances, particularly concerning skills mismatches and labour immobility.

One of the most encouraging aspects of this book is the discussion around the general productivity, creatively and global reach of many British firms. Car building, tourism, brand creation, finance and top level engineering innovation are all sectors in which the UK excels. As a nation we are also a major destination for foreign Direct Investment, which not only creates jobs but leads to increased exports, expertise and the development of local suppler bases.

The problem is of course is that there are not enough success stories, nor are they spread widely enough for the benefits of growth to filter through to a significant proportion of the UK's population. Even so Davis is charmingly up-beat. Suggesting that the global as well as the national economy is in constant flux. Yesterday we made ships, today we make cars and sell financial services, tomorrow who knows? The point is to be competitive, enterprising and more inclined to save rather than consume.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, insightful and substantial 20 Nov. 2011
Economics was dubbed "the dismal science" by Victorian historian Thomas Carlyle - reacting to the doom-laden population predictions of Thomas Malthus - but this entertainingly written and cleverly researched book is anything but dismal. It elicits a mood of optimism and potential when looking at the history of and prospects for the British economy. It is a well-argued antidote to the current economic gloom.

Evan Davis is a well known economist and British broadcaster who made his name with shows like Dragons Den but in writing Made in Britain he shows a deep and knowledgeable engagement with how British industry developed and the sort of businesses that are creating value today. His argument is that the economy is always in flux and the challenge is to get the right balance of manufacturing, services and the creation of intellectual property. He argues, and clearly shows, that those in love with nostalgic, sepia-toned notions of the sanctity of manufacturing are just as narrow minded as those who argue that we will end up us a purely service based nation. In the aftermath of the debt laden financial crash it is the balance that we must rediscover.

I missed all the BBC broadcasts which accompanied this publication but I can attest that the book stands alone as a good read and a thought provoking analysis. It is perhaps a bit of an indictment of the BBC that the series, only broadcast very recently is no longer available on the iPlayer or DVD. A change of BBC policy may be required for such genuinely valuable and timeless programmes.

Another well used phrase - this from JM Keynes - is that "practical men are slaves of some defunct economist.
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This morning I heard on the Today Programme that Max Hastings has been slating the British as idle and useless compared with the Chinese. John Humphreys must have been itching to say, "That's a load of tosh and my colleague Evan Davis's book explains exactly why". Well, I can't be certain that John Humphreys has read the book but I have, and I will never be deceived by ignorant raving about Britain again. Reading it actually changed my opinion.

"Made in Britain" is an extraordinary combination - a serious book about economics which is entertaining, easy to read, easy to understand, balanced and impregnably sound in its judgements. The author is not just a journalist but a respected economist with a background at Oxford, Harvard, London Business School and the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

The book is unfortunately littered with typos. The author must have been furious with the BBC for screwing up the schedule so that it went to print before it had been properly edited. But, as he points out astutely in chapter 11, organisations protected from market forces with a licence to collect money, can become too much of a good thing.

This is pretty much a must-read for anyone interested in the state of Britain or worried about our future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book
Published 1 month ago by Wango
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read even for non economists
Evan Davis leads the reader through an examination of the British Economy explaining economic concepts in an easy and accessible manner. Read more
Published 9 months ago by James Davey
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a dull read
I was expecting a book about world class British companies, but it was more about economics and it was a bit obvious, for instance If you want to survive then make higher value... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hertfordsteve
1.0 out of 5 stars Appologies for Thatcherism
This book seeks to big up the mess that thatcher left as her legacy. Davis leaves no stone unturned in his bid to assure us that everything is just fine. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Meeky Too
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
brilliant, in depth analysis, good to have a varied opinion so was a good read would reccomend as a first read
Published on 18 Feb. 2013 by Rhiannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Made In Britain: How the Nation Earns Its Living
An eye-opener. The book gives a whole new insight into the UK's economic performance over the last 30 years or so
Published on 24 Dec. 2012 by Wizard
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I love to watch Evan Davis on TV. He is a wonderful presenter and can simplify complicated issues into simple components. Read more
Published on 29 Jun. 2012 by Rajeshk4u
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an in-depth review but a recommendation to read this book
Other reviewers have taken the time and care to review this book in greater depth than I and I don't intend to contradict any of that. Read more
Published on 21 May 2012 by Big Jim
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, but doesn't cover public sector
The book certainly shows how diversified the British economy is, describing how the country has left low-value manufacturing to China/India, whilst retaining high-end and niche... Read more
Published on 26 Jan. 2012 by Mr. S. P. Bracken
4.0 out of 5 stars written review
Purchased this for my son as a 1st year specialist doing Economics at PreU/A level. We have found it to be very relevant, an easy read and very clear in its economic evaulation of... Read more
Published on 30 Oct. 2011 by yummymummy
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