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Parliament: The Biography, Vol. 2 - Reform Hardcover – 14 Aug 2014

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (14 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857522248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857522245
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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"Impressive" (Independent)

"A sweeping history of Britain's political system... One of the most thoughtful accounts I have read" (Francis Beckett BBC History)

"Parliament is a very good read, with interesting anecdotes and observations enriched by the fact the author is an MP" (Total Politics)

"An entertaining read" (The Mail on Sunday)

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Two centuries of reform, revolution and political intrigue in Chris Bryant's epic biography of Parliament

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This and volume 1 are a very good set of books. You have to be familiar with the topics to appreciate the books as there are a lot of unfurnished references. Given that small reservation, I would whole-heartedly recommend the text.
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By S. Broadbent TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2014
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This is the two volumes story of British Parliamentary history from uncertain beginnings almost 800 years ago to the present day.
It is well written and incredibly well researched with fine and interesting details.
Occasionally it becomes heavy sailing and sometimes i had to refer back a few pages because it was a little confusing.
However these are personal and minor niggles, if like me you want to understand our parliamentary history then stay with it.
There is so much to learn, not just in terms of laws and bureaucracy, but the colourful characters that litter our history, expressions and words that have entered the English language, all from the British Parliament.
Volume 1 takes you from the early days of the first meetings that were the forerunner of a structured system to 1800.
Volume 2 completes the history.
There is a lot of myth and misconceptions about our parliament and this book puts those to bed.
Remember this great institution affects every aspect of our lives, and will affect the lives of your children and grand children.
I do not know of any other books that are so specialised and comprehensive.
A permanent reference tome of immense usefulness that is also great value. Recommended.
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Although well written and an engaging read this is somewhat less admirable for the analysis of constitutional change than the preceding volume I. Perhaps naturally for the more recent history there is a concentration on personalities that is not present in the first part. Maybe this was inevitable with both the more detailed record available and the changing nature of the institution, the times and the increasingly intrusive media.

Never the less it does give a fascinating insight into the recent evolution of the British parliament and with its first half forms an invaluable primer on the history of parliament.
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Disappointing. I would have thought that a Labour MP would be able to give a more detailed and perceptive account of the birth and growth of his own party in Parliament. This is an exercise in superficiality.
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Part 1 of a 2 part series and it is certainly good enough to warrant the purchase of the second volume.

Even at two volumes worth it is still a whistle stop tour of Parliamentary history since the 13th century.

You do need to be awake to follow the flow of all the dates and names, not suitable for snoozy bedtime reading but well worth the effort.

Has made me want to read some more about Pitt and Co so a biography has been duly bought

volume 2 now ordered....i wonder how it ends?

Fav line especially now!
"Cooke had warned that if an act of Union were to be agreed it would have to be "written-up, spoken-up, intrigued-up, drunk-up, sung-up and bribed-up" and so it was to prove"
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Review for Vols 1 & 2. An easy to read, in depth account of Parliament through the ages. Notably, the scandals of today are mittors of the scandals of yester year! Chris Bryant is to be congratulated on issuing this comprehensive work.
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