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Parliament: The Biography, Vol. 2 - Reform [Hardcover]

Chris Bryant
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14 Aug 2014

Over the last two hundred years Parliament has witnessed and effected dramatic and often turbulent change. Political parties rose – and fell. The old aristocratic order passed away. The vote was won for the working classes and, eventually, for women. The world was torn apart by two extraordinarily bloody wars. And individual politicians were cheered for their altruism or their bravery and jeered for their sexual or financial misdemeanours.

This second volume of Chris Bryant’s majestic Parliament: The Biography has a cast of characters that includes some of British history’s most famous names: the Duke of Wellington, Sir Robert Peel, Gladstone, Disraeli, Lloyd George, Churchill and Thatcher. Its recurring theme is reform and innovation, but it also lays bare obsessive respect for the past and a dedication to evolution rather than revolution, which has left us with a fudged constitution still perilously dependent on custom, convention and gentlemen’s agreements.

This is riveting, flawlessly researched and accessible popular history for anyone with an interest in why modern Britain is the nation it is today.

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (14 Aug 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857522248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857522245
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,195 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

About the Author

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of books on Parliamentary history 21 Sep 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and informative. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant read. 10 Sep 2014
A well written history of the seat of Government.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 Aug 2014
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Heavy going
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