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The City Of London Volume 1: A World of its Own 1815-1890: A World of Its Own, 1815-90 Vol 1 (History of the City) Paperback – 1 Jun 1995


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New Ed edition (1 Jun. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712662006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712662000
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Kynaston was born in Aldershot in 1951. He has been a professional historian since 1973 and has written eighteen books, including The City of London (1994-2001), a widely acclaimed four-volume history, and W.G.'s Birthday Party, an account of the Gentleman vs. the Players at Lord's in July 1898. He is the author of Austerity Britain, 1945-51, the first title in a series of books covering the history of post-war Britain (1945-1979) under the collective title 'Tales of a New Jerusalem'. He is currently a visiting professor at Kingston University.

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"Exceptionally readable...a colourful narrative full of well-judged extracts from contemporary material" (Financial Times)

"An absorbing read, full of good quotations and riveting anecdote... A significant piece of scholarship" (English Historical Review)

"It would be difficult to conceive a more lucid or entertaining study of a subject both immensely complex and of the greatest historical importance" (Daily Telegraph)

"Charlotte Brontë once wrote: "At the West End you may be amused, but in the City you are deeply excited." A better blurb for this book is hard to imagine... Wonderfully vivid" (Mail on Sunday)

"It's rare to be able to say that a historical book is positively life-enhancing but David Kynaston, in his vivacious yet measured book, has proved that he is a rare kind of writer" (Times Literary Supplement)

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The first ever comprehensive history of the City: volume one of a three-volume work covering the period from 1815 to the Big Bang.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Sept. 2001
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What makes this book highly enjoyable and interesting is the large amount of extracts from contemporary material. This material provides a window into the thought processes and lifestyles of many people involved with the City of London during the Nineteenth Century. Not just the high fliers, but also newly appointed clerks nervously starting out on their career within banking.
Where I feel the book fails, is that it relies too much on the contemporary material, and were that removed there is not a lot left. Specifically, I felt that some of the "big" events described were lacking sufficent detail. Thrown away in a paragraph or two.
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By bookcrazy on 9 Jan. 2015
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A quite wonderful first volume! The reseach is outstanding..
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A real slog, perhaps worth it 14 Oct. 2012
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Reading all four volumes of The City of London was a real slog. There is much interesting detail, but the set has two major faults: (1) the author does far too much quoting from original sources, much of which is of dubious relevance; and(2) the author offers far too little analysis of the importance of what he is observing. So, I only recommend this to someone who wants to read lots of gossip about long past financiers or to someone with incurable insomnia. Far better to read, say Ferguson's biography of the Rothschilds.
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