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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable, 13 May 2010
This review is from: White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties 1964-1970 (Paperback)
This really is a very fine book. The breadth of knowledge and research required to write about such a broad subject cannot be underestimated. Politics, football, fashion, music and sex are blended together to create a thoroughly absorbing account of the era. It is to Sandbrook's great credit that he is equally comfortable describing World Cup matches as he is cabinet meetings.

Most pleasing, for this reader at least, is the absence of any political slant. Whether the issue is Wilson versus Heath or the start of the Irish Troubles, it is impossible to perceive any bias towards the participants. Sandbrook persuasively-and quite sensibly-portrays the Sixties as an era of evolution rather than revolution and is at his best when dismissing the self-serving myths about the decade in favour of showing how ordinary people lived outside of the metropolitan bubble.

White Heat has the edge over his earlier volume by virtue of the subject matter being inherently more gripping, but both are highly recommended.
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