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The British Century: A Documentary History of the Last 100 Years Hardcover – 8 Sep 1997

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W&N; First Edition edition (8 Sept. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297823442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297823445
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 2.6 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moving, enthralling and enlightening, The British Century, a witness to the art and historical importance of the photograph, should find its way to classrooms and coffee tables, to studies and studios. Through the dramatic contrasts of 300 pages of black and white images is portrayed, chronologically, the dark and light of Britain's last hundred years. It reflects in its scope--from the grimace of death to celebrity smiles-- Brian Moynahan's combined experience as a historian and newspaper editor. He supplies a substantial, balanced and sensitive text which, like the photographs, portrays mood as well as fact and includes poignant quotations from ordinary people as well as from the famous. The photographs communicate where words would struggle. A grainy image of the Beatles in the Cavern Club, Liverpool, and the eerie view as seen by a German pilot of the Spitfire he is about to attack convey the atmosphere and emotion of the past. With detailed captions, the images may be looked at separately, and readers will be drawn to them again and again. The British Century is a book with power--and with staying power. It is not easy to forget such pictures as seven ex-First World War soldiers, looking like any old club photograph, but with only one leg between them. --Karen Tiley

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was certainly worth the five crowns I awarded it. It has an excellent range of information and pictures. It is quite humorous in parts and retells the epic story of the British century. From the Grand days of the British Empire to Thatcher's Britain and the Falklands War.
The book also focuses on the British monarchs of this century, from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth 2. The book looks at colonialism in the British Empire and how the aristocracy lived.
This book is certainly worth buying and is one to keep.
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By sledge on 31 Jan. 2015
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Nice book
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