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London In The Eighteenth Century: A Great and Monstrous Thing by [White, Jerry]
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"An invigorating and thoughtful tour through the metropolis’s most extraordinary and bracing of centuries" (Sunday Times Online)

"This page-turner biography of the capital, full of amazing facts and anecdotes, a book that anyone wanting food for thought about social history or human nature will treasure" (Claire Harman Evening Standard)

"Sober yet incisive in his assessments, comprehensive in his coverage, and gimlet-eyes in his choice of detail, he offers an invigorating yet thoughtful tour through London’s most extraordinary and bracing of centuries" (Andrew Holgate Sunday Times)

"It’s hard to see how a more detailed and readable account of Defoe’s “great and monstrous thing” could have been written" (Euan Ferguson Time Out)

"White tells his story not as a chronological narrative...but through a series of themes: city, people, work, culture, power. It’s an enterprising way to marshal such detailed and fact-filled research...great thesis" (Kate Chisholm Spectator)

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The story of an extraordinary century in the history of London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5924 KB
  • Print Length: 708 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1448129532
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (1 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007AGATYY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,727 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Having read the author's brilliant previous books London In The Nineteenth Century: 'A Human Awful Wonder of God' and London in the Twentieth Century: A City and Its People, I was very much looking forward to the publication of this one. It certainly does not disappoint. In London In The Eighteenth Century: A Great and Monstrous Thing, Jerry White takes us on a fascinating tour of the great metropolis during a century of rapid change and expansion. It's a fascinating journey back in time, giving us a vivid picture of the sights, smells, character and society of London during this period. I will be revisiting areas of the capital with renewed interest and fresh insight. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book, and the others in the trilogy, to anyone with an interest in the history of London and society as a whole. It is extremely well researched and a very enjoyable read - no dry history this! I was really sorry to reach the last page, but will undoubtedly reread it in the future.
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This is a fascinating book; at over 600 pages jam packed with anecdotes, details and facts, it's a book which I found easiest to read in chunks, giving myself time to absorb each aspect.

The story of London in the eighteenth century is broken down into five sections: city, people, work, culture and power, and thirteen chapters within these five parts. Each chapter starts with the story of some one person who is directly connected with an aspect of London in this time - James Gibbs, Robert Adam, Samuel Johnson, Ignatius Sancho, William Beckford, Francis Place, Eliza Haywood, Teresa Cornelys, Martha Stracey, Mary Young, The Fieldings', Jonas Hanway and John Wilkes. Some names we know well, like Samuel Johnson with no `passion' for `clean linen' or Robert Adam, the great architect. Other characters in the book we are not so familiar with, like Rhynwick Williams, the so-called London Monster who apparently gained great satisfaction from lewdly talking to and stabbing women in the street!

We get to read in this book about the great, like Sir Thomas Grosvenor, and the unnamed like the immigrants and the thieves, the charlatans and the merchants. We read about the city, its people, their work, their culture and the power which made London in the Eighteenth Century so fascinating to so many people, both then and now. This book brings it home how much of a city of contrasts London was in this time; a callous and brutal world where you could be hanged for the theft of a handkerchief, but where great fortunes were also made (and lost).

Totally enthralling stuff from beginning to end; looking forward to reading the story of London in the nineteenth century next.
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In this his third book on the last three century's history of London, Mr White has given us once again a rich and varied tale of how Londoners of all sorts of Tastes, hues and personalities came through this it's "Seventeenth Century".London has always been a magnet drawing all shades of Engand and the world to its lively life. Here are tales familier and almost unknown brought to life by a master teller of history and how these people made us the people we are today.
I am very gratefull for this and the other two books, they have prompted me to search out, buildings, alleys, streets, pubs and monuments and make it posssible to see some of the lives of those mentioned in the books,from their point of view.
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A fantastically written and well researched book that picks up from where its predecessors left off. White breaks the book down into swctions that cover the whole sweep of the century through architecture, commerce, people and the merging of discrete boroughs to form the shell of what we now know as London. Highly readable and strongly recommended.
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This is an accomplished, well written, though rather dry look at a period of London history. Impeccably researched, but somehow the excitement of the period does not come through. (But there again, it is an academic book, and we should perhaps seek our thrills elsewhere.)
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A brilliant read, a fascinating nugget on every page, my disappointment at finishing it softened by knowing I have the same author's book of the next century in store. One reservation: I read this on my Kindle Paperwhite. The illustrations have come out small and indistinct. I hoped they would be clearer on my Kindle Fire but instead they are even smaller, not much more than the size of a postage stamp. A great pity as the pictures are well chosen and would otherwise have added much to the pleasure. This is something Amazon need to fix.
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This is the first of three books looking at London in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries - an essential read for London history buffs such as myself. It tends to centre on a key personality in each chapter. Unlike Peter Ackroyd, it avoids a sentimental or mystical approach to the capital's history. As a Londoner, I was hooked.
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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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