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The new standard history,
This review is from: Peace, Reform and Liberation: A History of Liberal Politics in Britain 1679-2011 (Hardcover)I bought this book in December, just before leaving for the US on a Christmas holiday. By chance, I packed this book in my bag, perhaps to read on the aeroplane. Pulling it out shortly after takeoff, I was engrossed. I stopped only for a few bites of lunch.
This volume represents the culmination of a long effort to create, in a single volume, a comprehensive history of the Liberal Democrats and the parties and groups that preceded the modern party. It is an overwhelming success.
For those of us, whom previously had only read about, or worked on the modern history, from Orpington Man" in 1962, it provides much needed insight.
Of particular note are Dr Mark Pack and Stephen Farrell's opening chapter from the Glorious Revolution through the Great Reform Act, and the chapters from Prof. David Dutton, Jamie Reynolds and Ian Hunter, and Robert Ingram which carry the reader from 1914-1974.
Finally, Iain Dale's new publishing firm, Biteback Publishing, has done an excellent job of putting together a book that is not only a pleasure to read, but also well constructed and durable. Perhaps even as durable as the chapters contained therein.
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