In NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD, Dominic Sandbrook takes a fresh look at the dramatic story of affluence and decline between and Arguing that. Buy Never Had It So Good 1st Edition by Dominic Sandbrook (ISBN:) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Arguing that historians have been besotted by the cultural revolution of the Sixties, Dominic Sandbrook re-examines the myths of this controversial period and.

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Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. A thoroughly entertaining book. Dominic Sandbrook does it with ease.

Young people longed to escape from the British imperial twilight, and they loved America for its classlessness.

White Heat v. I suppose I might say this again kt my review of the next volume in the series, but seriously, what a prick. Share your thoughts with other customers.

Mar 14, Ian Mapp rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sandbrook works very hard to leave no literary or cultural stone unturned. Jul 25, Stephen Goldenberg rated it really liked it. As a reader who has few qualms about skimming when things slow down or get bogged down in academic jargon, I found myself reading haad every word of Never Had It So Good.

Sandbrook manages to show the entanglement of the two in a much more vivid way. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

I was surprised to find it was fascinating and tragic in a way that the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars of today will probably seem to future generations. But he does have a theme: Whilst it has some imperfections, this is a great summation of many of the features and preoccupations of the era including new consumer goods and materialism, trade unions, the old-school-tie Establishment, the satire boom, spies both real and fictional, increased homophobia, the rise of television, the Keeler affair, immigration from the Carribbean and the Indian subcontinent, the satire boom, rock n roll, trad jazz and the Beatles, well-paid working class youngsters, the decline of Empire and failure to keep up with Western Europe in modernising industry.

Arguing that historians have been besotted by the cultural revolution of the Sixties, Dominic Sandbrook re-examines the myths of this controversial period and paints a more complicated picture of a society caught between conservatism and change.

Never Had It So Good by Dominic Sandbrook

Sandbrook has no sense of amazed discovery and is never able to seize the reader and say “Look what I’ve found out; you should know about this. Harold Macmillan was the cartoonists’ favourite politician, with his drooping eyelids and walrus moustache. Start your free trial. History is, however, a continuum rather than am infinite series of discrete episodes, and Sandbrook decided that he needed to go back into the previous decade in order to set the appropriate context.


Colin Wilson whose demented claims to be the ‘major literary genius of our century’ were taken seriously by literary London for a year or so, fell from grace when the father of his girlfriend burst into his flat with a horsewhip crying: Indeed, at times, the book flowed almost like a novel, so clear was his portrayal of the leading characters.

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When I knew subjects reasonably well – British New Wave films and pop music – he did seem a little obvious in presentation with one or two good bits missed out; still I always learned something I didn’t already know, and you can’t include absolutely everything, even in a book this size.

I was able to find video of David Frost walking off the set of his talk show in frustration over a guest who was an obvious liar and con man, and video of the Beatles singing Moonlight Bay in straw hats on a British variety show.

Please try again later. In this book, he references some aspects of social history that he will c This the second of the 4 Sandbrook tomes that I have read on the subject of UK history from the Suez Crisis up to And the post-war Butskellite consensus, which for those of us with social-democratic inclinations, seems like the best British party politics has ever been.

With big books, even when they have problems like that or the excessively detailed chapter on the succession of Alec Douglas-Home there can be so much right with them in the other odd pages that without notes it’s easy to forget the flaws.

There are three more books in this histor As an American who has been visiting the UK for almost 30 years this book explained a lot to me. This approach works very well as Sandbrook’s style is highly detailed, broad and deep. Dominic Sandbrook tells us that he had intended to write one immense work covering the years from skiffle, duffel coats and espresso bars to the Rolling Stones, miniskirts and discotheques.


The detail is the strength of these works and, if you have lived through any of these times as many who read this will have, memories are certainly jogged. Often reading two pages made me feel as if I’d read at least ten, so dense is the information.

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I have never listened to one. As a scrupulous historian, Sandbrook avoids drawing modern parallels, but the reader can’t avoid being struck by the cunning of history. How Britain became neveer in the American cultural embrace in the years under review might well have formed the subtext of Sandbrook’s work, for he has all the material at hand. Even as Britain coped with its changed perception within the world, there is a longing for traditionalism and opposition to the influence of the US, especially on the young.

It takes a very closed ruling class to turn such natural Conservatives sominic Richard Ingrams into rebels.

A second novelty, sandbrooj for baby boomers an ominous one, is that he can’t remember the Sixties. There is no aspect of British life that he has not considered.

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Yet he constantly downplays this development and fails to measure its significance. I was worried that this was going to be an historical justification for Thatcherism, but Mr Sandbrook managed to keep his political opinions mostly at bay. Certainly these books can all be read as standalone offerings, since they are structured in two ways: You can read this after Call the Midwife, because they go together.

The great scandals of the day John Profumo, the defection of Kim Philby are also described. They are definitely a canon nevsr work as far as I can tell, one leading into the next and all apparently written in the same style. Sandbrook is as at ease discussing the treacherous way Harold Macmillan dealt with his colleagues as the passion for apocalyptic science fiction when the Cold War threatened to turn hot.