26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Great - as long as you like politics,
This review is from: Borrowed Time: The Story of Britain Between the Wars (Paperback)
Let's get one thing straight - Roy Hattersley is an excellent writer. He's thorough and he tells it well.
The problem (if it is a problem) is that this is almost exclusively a political history. So much so that I feel - strongly - that the title is misleading. This is not the story of 'Britain Between the Wars' it is absolutely and definitely 'the Political History of Britain Between the Wars'. For sure, contemporary events are intertwined but they come only as an introduction to the politics or as a thread through the politics. This is exactly the same approach that was used in his previous book - the Edwardians.
So, all that sounds a bit strong and critical, but I don't mean it to be. My criticism is only with the title. The book is great.
I happen to be very interested in Edwardian and post-Edwardian politics (sad, I know) so this is a terrific read for me - and I would assume for others with a similar bent. The motivations, rivalries and interactions between the giants of the day (Lloyd George, Baldwin, Asquith, Churchill) are dealt with superbly well.
You cannot fail to marvel at the amount of effort and craft that goes into a book like this. Roy Hattersley deserves widespread kudos for his 'niche' talent as a political historian. A great read.