Top positive review
22 February 2018
The Making of Modern Britain and A History of Modern Britain by Andrew Marr provide, in my opinion, the best general history of Britain in the 20th century. Each book covers political, economic and social history written in Marr's unique style; you can almost hear Marr's voice reading the history to you as you peruse the paragraphs and prose within them. So good in fact that I bought copies for my father (now sadly passed away) and he loved them too. Indeed it would be hard to fault these volumes; almost impossible I would say as they are so well written and well put together. Though I suppose some would argue that Marr's personal views are present within the text and this creates a certain bias in the books. This can arise via the topics chosen and the way some topics are treated. Others for example may have chosen differently to Marr and provided a slightly different take on the topics selected. It is because of this that it is often said that no one can actually write a book free from bias. One way or another it will always creep in. But I failed to see any of this in Marr's writing. What I saw was a fair, balanced treatment of the subject from a great writer. For me these books simply read beautifully from start to finish. They provide an very readable history of our country, and I believe it will be quite some time before they are surpassed by any future volume(s) covering the same period.
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