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Ten Days that Changed the Nation: The Making of Modern Britain [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Pollard
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Sometimes it is not big events or great men or women that change history. Often, an apparently trivial occasion or insignificant decision changes everything.
Stephen Pollard's alternative history of the past sixty years examines ten such crucial days in our history. None of them are obviously historic. But each of them changed the country - some for good, others for ill.
Combining history, analysis, humour and polemic, this incisive look at events stretched across six decades reveals how and why we became the nation we now are.
The ten days which constitute Pollard's history of Britain deal with important areas of national life. The arrival on 22 June 1948 of 492 West Indians aboard HMS Empire Windrush changed the very make-up of the country. The invention of the microwave on 8 October 1945 altered not just what we eat but how we eat - and drink. The education system, Pollard argues, was destroyed by the forced introduction of comprehensive schooling on 12 July 1965. Publication of Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch on 24 October 1970 changed family life. And the staging of It's a Royal Knockout on 15 June 1987 marked the end of the monarchy as a serious institution. The events of other days transformed culture, politics, crime, sport and the very future of Western civilization.
Behind each of the ten days is a story; some of these stories are well known, some obscure. Fusing narrative with analysis, and history with contemporary relevance, Ten Days That Changed the Nation shows us the major impact that apparently minor events can have on our lives.
Stephen Pollard's approachable, readable narrative is as engaging as it is controversial. Sure to incite debate, Ten Days That Changed the Nation is a handbook for our times.

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About the Author

Stephen Pollard is currently Editor of the Jewish Chronicle and has written columns for several publications including The Times and the Daily Mail and maintained a lively Spectator blog. He is also the author of the controversial 2004 biography of David Blunkett, and co-authored A Class Act: The Myth of Britain's Classless Society, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (3 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9GIU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars SET OF BIASED ESSAYS 11 Dec. 2012
This book is a set of 10 essays on randomly selected topics. The book is very biased,whether this is intended or not I am not too sure.The topics seem interesting, but they do not stay in the forefront of the essay for very long,the author then rambles off to cover every conceivable aspect of that particular title,and there seems to be no strong connection between the auspicious day and event to what actually follows.I would have liked some contra views expressed. It struck me rather like a Conservative manifesto under a very right prime minister, and certainly not to my tastes.There is a great deal of statistical evidence to support the various arguments, but at the end of the day I was not totally convinced of the validity of the general arguments. A book I would not pay to read unless I was part of the 'hang-um and flog um brigade'
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gallop through the UK's recent history 2 Feb. 2012
Ranting of the highest calibre, as I've been led to believe one might find in The Daily Mail newspaper. Not all of it makes complete sense, non sequiturs and dodgy conclusions about but I'm not sure that really matters. It would be interesting to have a book consisting of a view from the other side of the fence for each chapter. For example, comprehensive education must have some benefits mustn't it, surely ... ?
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1.0 out of 5 stars Spectacularly biased 10 Sept. 2011
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Absolutely no attempt is made at objectivity.
This appears to be be one man's hobby horse. If you like your history impartial and with a critical distance look elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to reading... 6 July 2009
I am very much looking forward to reading this new book by Stephen Pollard. He is a brilliant writer who has a talent for keeping the reader enthralled.
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