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"Authoritative and fascinating account… McLynn has delivered a scholarly and hugely informative book" (Roger Hutchinson Scotsman)
"McLynn is an astonishingly prolific historian. His books are always elegantly written, highly opinionated and enormously enjoyable, and this one…is among his best" (Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times)
"Has anybody done more – done as much – as Frank McLynn in writing intelligent, combative, thoroughly researched and thoroughly readable history? Personalities essential to the narrative appear brilliantly…we have in this quite outstanding book an arguable-with, character-rich account of longed-for ends grimly" (Edward Pearce Independent)
"One of our most readable historians, McLynn has produced another tidy volume rich with intelligent wrangling" (Christopher Silvester Daily Express)
"McLynn is a hugely knowledgeable guide to these great events, and is unfailingly thought-provoking" (Simon Griffith Mail on Sunday)
An incisive analysis cutting to the heart of Britain's most turbulent moments and looking at why Britain may have been brought to the brink at times, but didn't descend into revolution.See all Product description
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There are somestartling omissions: Gordon Riots, Cato Street, Gunpowder Plot, Invergordon, you name it. But for a novice to British history it is a useful compilation, with some equally useful pointers
'London was in a state of panic in 1745' - the evidence is very mixed, but McLynn is either unaware of this or ignores it. The numbers he gives about the Manchester Regiment at Carlisle and elsewhere are inaccurate, as are those for Cumberland's army at Culloden. He relies on rather outdated works, eg Prebble and does not deal with more recent research, eg by Reid and Oates. As for the popular Jacobitism of the West Riding people, more recent research concludes the opposie to McLynn's assertions. I can easily go on at length about this. Jacobitism and the '45 should have been the strength of this book, but are not.
The Daily Mail liked it, but I fear I don't.
However in all this is good book, the chapters on the Jacobite Rising and the UK general strike of 1926' are the best. Unlike some books on this subject the writer has a sense of humor and that really helps to bring the events to life.