B. Duncan

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A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr
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Andrew Marr turns the spotlight on the recent history of Britain to reveal how the political and social life of the Country has evolved over the past sixty years; in doing so he illuminates how many values and ideas have changed and realigned in response to technology and globalisation changes.

The Labour government of Clement Atlee inherited a post-war generation tired and hungry following the privations of war. But it was a proud, spirited and optimistic people that elected Clement Atlee to launch modern Britain with a vision of social justice and establish the flag-ship of the national psyche, the National Health Service. He outlines how Britain reacted to that period of… Read more
Dark Side of the Moon: The Magnificent Madness of &hellip by Gerard DeGroot
I read this book whilst on summer vacation in 2009 and it was a truly compulsive read. I veritably devoured all 261 pages within two days! DeGroot shares an alternative perspective on the much celebrated achievement of the USA space programme that saw Apollo 11 land Neil Armstrong on the moon.

In the course of his narrative, DeGroot reveals that the `manned' flights to the moon in the 1960's were a consequence of `Cold War' politics. He argues that the drive to land a man on the moon was in large part to satisfy the `US public's' psychology and demonstrate US technological superiority. The Soviet Union had stunned the West with its own space programme by making headline catching… Read more
A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romance&hellip by John Burrow
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I read this book whilst on summer vacation in 2009. I found it absolutely fascinating. For me it was one of those books that didn't necessarily flow effortlessly and I would not describe it as a `page-turner' by any stretch of the imagination. Yet I found it a very rich book that charts how the approach to writing and recording history over the centuries has evolved.

Over a period of nine or ten days, whilst cocooned in a rural part of a sun-kissed island, I found it a pleasure to read the book chapter by chapter, pausing after each one, to take a break from the wealth of information and reflect a little on what I had learned.

Burrow opens the book with chapters on… Read more

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