London: the Autobiography Paperback – 23 Apr 2009
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It's all here in spades. (Ham and High)
Fascinating ... brings the story of London to life (Good Book Guide)
London: The Autobiography tells the story of the worlds greatest city through the people who were there. From Boudiccas savage raid on Roman London in 60AD to the bombing of 7/7, London speaks for itself.See all Product Description
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I enjoyed Peter Ackroyd's history of London, but the book that Jon E. Lewis has put together goes straight to the primary sources of historical research, which gives us not only a feel for the political and social context of the events described, but also an insight into the emotions, prejudices and bias of the various commentators. The descriptions of places, people and events that shaped the city (and in some cases the nation), include a wonderful amount of detail, that is often overlooked by modern historians, but which really brings the history to life.
I lent this to a friend to while away 15 minutes, while I was attending a brief appointment, it took me 2 hours to get it back - I had to promise them I'd get them a copy of their own !
So although the "Special Offer" price is no longer available, I still think that this book is a definite "must buy" for anybody interested in the history of London.
Some centuries/decades are more covered than others. There are also accounts that some might find too short, while others go on for too long.
If you enjoy reading about he history of London, I recommend this, if you only have a passing interest, I'd skip this ~500 page account of it.
A good book to dip into.
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A great idea and very well done. Items varied in quality , interest and importance. Most of it was fascinating.Published 21 months ago by Olle Jones
If you appreciate history then this is a must. The concept which comes through is the constant change goes hand in hand with the in hanging nature of humans.Published on 5 July 2014 by John Archibald
An interesting approach. The history of London is presented in a series of short articles from a multitude of sources giving first hand impressions of momentous events through... Read morePublished on 19 Jun. 2014 by Chris Shepherd
Could Google most of it. Not very interesting. Reads more like a list. Was expecting more of a social history, but didn't get it. Maybe better if you are a Londoner.Published on 8 Jun. 2014 by Helen S