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London In The Eighteenth Century: A Great and Monstrous Thing
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on 26 October 2014
Another brilliant book by Jerry White. This author really brings London out of the Mists of Time a fantastic read superbly written.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Full credit to Mr White for completing his London trilogy. Readers of his earlier volumes will recognise the high standards White aspires to and indeed achieves. However, this volume is considerably weaker though no less readable. White was no doubt aided by the incredible advances made in electronic catalogues and finding aids to supplement the areas of study he covers. Unfortunately, at least a couple of the chapters read like recycled lectures with the overuse of the colloquial `then' repeated redundantly far too often. There is a return to form by the end - if you can make it that far. White's forte is political analysis and this provides a very satisfying conclusion to this heavy (literally) volume.
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on 9 August 2014
Excellent book. Jerry White's books are so well written and researched.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 May 2012
A tale of the physical and social and cultural development of the great city through the 18th century.
Very detailed in parts, yet sometimes seeming to lose themes part way through.
This leads to sense of excitement building up as one reads, only to be let down as the scene shifts and one gets lost in the detail.
But, overall it is an absorbing book for someone with a special interest in the period.
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on 7 November 2014
A must for all lovers of London history.
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on 16 June 2013
The research is impressive!
It is informative and interesting. Could prove useful for history students and gives real insight into London
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on 12 February 2015
Well written and researched
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on 21 April 2012
A well written and very interesting book of people with immense riches and then all the way down the scale to total and abject poverty
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on 25 July 2015
Fantastic
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on 7 July 2013
I usually take history books on holiday to read but one of the reasons I particularly wanted to read this is because I had family living in London in the C18th. It beat Dr Johnson's London.
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