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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (3 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007314531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007314539
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 309,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘The cinematic clarity of Gardiner’s descriptions of accidents and ceremonies tells more about the decade than a page of statistics.…or the depth of its research, the quality of the writing and the sheer richness and vibrancy of the material, this is a quite outstanding work of social history’ Telegraph

‘It is comfortably the definitive account of a decade that has been much maligned’ Daily Telegraph

‘A definitive, vividly detailed book on a complex decade, which is a joy to read’ History Today

From the Author

The Thirties: An intimate History started life under another name `Sitting on a Jigsaw', and that's how I think of the 1930s still: a fascinating series of pieces, that it's hard to fit together. Mass unemployment, hunger marches and slum dwellings alongside growing prosperity, glamour, swing, glitzy shops, modernist architecture, an obsession with speed. There was a passionate belief in a brave new world that science and progressive politics could bring about, and yet fascism and communism and ultimately war were also the reality. I have always found the Thirties an endlessly fascinating decade, and the only way to bring them to life was to write an intimate history, following the complex experiences of as many British people as possible as they lived through those complex pre war years.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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