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After The Victorians: The World Our Parents Knew
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I absolutely loved this book.

A N Wilson is luminously intelligent, and his prose style is luminously clear and engaging. I wish history books had been like this when I was at school. The author has a wonderful ability to sum up a person, a place or an event in a few words that light up the page.

I particularly liked his sense of fairness: Winston Churchill is shown warts and all, and Edward VIII gets a sympathetic reassessment. A N Wilson reveals some very dirty secrets about the British in India, whilst arguing for the positive aspects of the Empire. He shows us why the Nazis were popular in Germany, and why this did not make the Germans much different from the rest of us.

And it's not just politics: there are illuminating chapters on religion, literature, science and art.

Fascinating, enthralling, often deeply moving and sometimes very funny - this is quite simply one of the best books I have ever read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2013
This book goes underneath and above the usual party line of history of this time, giving us insight into things usually skated over or ignored. He's an insightful and clear writer who presents history in an easy to digest and entertaining humourous manner, if you like wry humour that is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2012
'After the Victorians' is a fascinating and informative account of the first half of the 20th century ending a few years after the second world war
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2013
The further Wilson gets from his beloved Victorians, the less he seems fascinatingly provocative and the more he seems like a crank. For example, from the book you'd get the impression the abdication of Edward VIII was one of the great injustices of the age. I doubt it. Why does Wilson care? Over so many pages? He wasn't even alive at the time. On the other hand, he's wonderful on Churchill — but then ( a point Wilson makes himself ) Churchill was something like the Last of the Victorians.
This was my third Wilson ( after "Victorians" and "God's Funeral" ) and I've got the new Dante book on my shelves — even further from Victoria, but Wilson's such excellent company I won't be able to resist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 May 2014
good informative read should be read by all school kids and adults who are interested in history of this period in time
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2007
One of the most enjoyable history books I've read. The author displays an amazingly wide knowledge of the arts and politics and, entertainly I think, throws plenty of his own slants and favourites into the mix.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2007
Meticulous research and a novelist's empathy. A treasure chest of a book - highly recommended
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2011
I started this and then left it - it was a bit overwhelming. When I had more time I had another go at it, but I could only read about a chapter at a time. The amount of detail was so packed in that I found I often had to go back and read a bit again as I hadn't taken it all in, and the next bit didn't make sense until I had understand and assimilated the previous part.
So, full of information, presented in a rather confusing way for someone unfamiliar with the period, as it was thematic rather than chronological, but eventually worth the effort. But not particularly enjoyable, more of an acquisition of knowledge activity.
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