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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (14 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857522248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857522245
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two centuries of reform, revolution and political intrigue in Chris Bryant's epic biography of Parliament

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Chris Bryant is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Rhondda since 2001 and was the Minister for Europe and the Deputy Leader of the House of Commons in the previous Labour Government. He was one of the two leading MPs who fought to expose the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News International. Before entering parliament he was a priest in the Church of England. His previous books include biographies of Sir Stafford Cripps and Glenda Jackson.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Sept. 2014
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This and volume 1 are a very good set of books. You have to be familiar with the topics to appreciate the books as there are a lot of unfurnished references. Given that small reservation, I would whole-heartedly recommend the text.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Broadbent TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2014
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This is the two volumes story of British Parliamentary history from uncertain beginnings almost 800 years ago to the present day.
It is well written and incredibly well researched with fine and interesting details.
Occasionally it becomes heavy sailing and sometimes i had to refer back a few pages because it was a little confusing.
However these are personal and minor niggles, if like me you want to understand our parliamentary history then stay with it.
There is so much to learn, not just in terms of laws and bureaucracy, but the colourful characters that litter our history, expressions and words that have entered the English language, all from the British Parliament.
Volume 1 takes you from the early days of the first meetings that were the forerunner of a structured system to 1800.
Volume 2 completes the history.
There is a lot of myth and misconceptions about our parliament and this book puts those to bed.
Remember this great institution affects every aspect of our lives, and will affect the lives of your children and grand children.
I do not know of any other books that are so specialised and comprehensive.
A permanent reference tome of immense usefulness that is also great value. Recommended.
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Although well written and an engaging read this is somewhat less admirable for the analysis of constitutional change than the preceding volume I. Perhaps naturally for the more recent history there is a concentration on personalities that is not present in the first part. Maybe this was inevitable with both the more detailed record available and the changing nature of the institution, the times and the increasingly intrusive media.

Never the less it does give a fascinating insight into the recent evolution of the British parliament and with its first half forms an invaluable primer on the history of parliament.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Fraser Brown on 10 Sept. 2014
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A well written history of the seat of Government.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Onespot on 21 Aug. 2014
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Heavy going
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