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So That's Why They Call it Great Britain: How One Tiny Country Gave So Much to the World
 
 

So That's Why They Call it Great Britain: How One Tiny Country Gave So Much to the World [Kindle Edition]

Steve Pope
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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In this quirky new book, Steve Pope reveals the stories behind some of the world's most remarkable inventions and discoveries - and all of them are British.

Presented in an easy to read A-Z format, So That's Why They Call It Great Britain is quite simply crammed full of fascinating facts.
For example, did you know we gave the world chocolate bars, fizzy drinks, the flushing loo, computers and the iPod ?

We also came up with the cash machine, safari parks, the collapsible umbrella, the light bulb and text messaging.

Of course there were more serious inventions too like ibuprofen, anaesthetics, innoculations and antibiotics. We unlocked the DNA code, produced the world's first test tube baby and invented ultrasound.

Trains, planes and automobiles revolutionised the way we travel and our advancements with computer technology gave everyone the world wide web.

Not bad for a country which covers less than half of one per cent of the earth’s land mass.

Our agricultural and industrial revolutions changed the way the world ate and worked, our legal and political system has been copied across the globe, our explorers discovered new lands and our language is spoken everywhere.

Most of the world’s major sports originated here and the television set that they are watched on was also invented by a Brit.

And we lead the world in one other thing: self-deprecation. This book shows – without boasting, and with tons of humour, unknown facts and weird stories – just why our country is called GREAT Britain.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 760 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (3 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8SS78
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,122 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and fun 16 Jun 2009
By susie
Format:Paperback
What a fantastic, fascinating, uplifting book!

I had no idea that people from Britain were behind so many amazing inventions, discoveries and 'world firsts'. Everything from the chocolate bar and champagne to cures for diseases and huge technological advances.

Unlike similar history-type books, which are often worthy and wordy, So That's Why They Call it Great Britain is a clear, succinct and really easy read. It's a great book to dip into when you have a spare moment. I did the random page test and found that you could open it virtually anywhere and find out at least one interesting fact.

Along with Bill Bryson's brilliant A Short History of Nearly Everything it should be on the national curriculum.

A great present for the know-it-all in your family (I've since bought a copy for my brother-in-law)or for you to buy yourself so you can sound really knowledgeable at the next pub quiz.

In these gloomy economic times it is a great reminder that we were behind some of the world's most amazing medical breakthroughs, inventions and discoveries.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Recommended! 18 Jun 2009
By Dave
Format:Paperback
Packed full of interesting and often very amusing stories about the men and women who have made Britain 'Great', from the heroic Antarctic explorers to the man who first descovered Ibuprofen could cure a hangover! Set out alphabetically in bite sized chunks, it's great for opening up at a random page and reading a couple of entries.

I read some of them out to my children and found myself frequently wondering why they don't learn more at school about our Country's incredible achievements. Having said that, there was absolutely loads of stuff I didn't know about either. It's very well researched and makes you want to try and find out more.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 30 July 2009
By Marie
Format:Paperback
There is a saying "An educated person should know everything about something & something about everything." This excellent book enables people to find out about the achievements of British people throughout the centuries & take pride in this country that is rightly called Great Britain. Steve Pope is a brilliant writer & has amassed an enormous amount of interesting information. this book should be in every home, school & library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for a present! 23 July 2009
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I thought this book might be a bit pedestrian, but it is packed with loads of really interesting information and stories.....such as the english guy who came up with the idea for an ipod but failed to patent it.

Easy to read and dip into, it's a definite winner in my books ('scuse the pun!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing facts 2 May 2012
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Some amazing facts that I, for one, was never taught at school. Life at history class would have been far more interesting if some or all of these facts had been included or even mentioned.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative! 18 July 2013
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This is a great little book filled with such interesting information that I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend it - you will be starting every conversation with, "Did you know......."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 2 April 2013
By GSC
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I really enjoyed this book. It repeatedly surprised me who invented what, especially some of the locals in my area. Well worth reading - thoroughly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative 16 Mar 2014
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This book is enjoyable reading and very informative . A good place to find conversation points and impress your friends.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not at all a recommended book!
The author does not cover England, but only the counties he likes, the book could have been half the length,and still be too long!
Published 1 month ago by David Whittall
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you even prouder to be British
A jolly good read.

I was already aware of many of Steve Pope's . However Steve gives the reader an opportunity to understand the background as we'll.
Published 1 month ago by Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars God we are Great!
Well I knew as a nation we we're GREAT but reading this book makes you realise just how GREAT we are! My god we might be a small place on this planet but we are so GREAT! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
This is a great little book to pick up randomly and have a nose through. It certainly makes you proud to be British!
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. D. Fletcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple History
Great little reference book reminding one of all the things Britain achieved. A must read for patriotic Brits..Useful to have a notebook handy.
Published 7 months ago by john shewell
3.0 out of 5 stars Grate
Wasn't expecting much, except to be amused while travelling. Just about managed that - well-enough compiled set of anecdotes, but only its cheapness really recommends it.
Published 7 months ago by Clarsach
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better books
I wasn't very good at history at school (many,many years ago, but have always liked it.

This book is worth reading for the history and for the little snippets of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener
This was an enjoyable read with lots of facts most people do not know and the potential to bore your friends over a quiet drink!
Published 13 months ago by Mr. P. J. Garrett
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read...
Was interesting read but some of the links to GB are tenuous and some clutching at straws to say the least. Still worth reading though.
Published 15 months ago by Cheeky77
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interestin and infomative book well written. Gives a general overview of British inventions and discoveries from way back until present day
Published 15 months ago by William UK
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