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50 Years On: A Prejudiced History of Britain Since the War

Roy Hattersley

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History, General & world history, History: earliest times to present day, Military history

* Subtitled 'A Prejudiced History of Britain Since the War, this is a superbly iconoclastic overview of modern British history.

In FIFTY YEARS ON, Roy Hattersley explores and explains the events which have shaped modern Britain. Combining acute analysis of domestic politics with a brilliant eye for the bigger picture, his 'prejudiced history' takes the reader from the high hopes of 1945 to the cynicism of end-of century Britain. Roy Hattersley focuses his attention on two particular features of post-war Britain: the perpetuation of an education system which fails to meet the needs of the whole country, and our stubborn refusal to accept that the United Kingdom is a medium-sized European nation which can only increase its power and prosperity by real integration within the European union. FIFTY YEARS ON is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the forces that have shaped us.

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Praise for 50 Years On: A Prejudiced History of Britain Since the War

  • This eloquently written work would be my first choice for any student who wanted a compressed political history of the last fifty years in Britain...a classic. - Brian Walden, LITERARY REVIEW

  • Hattersley calls it a 'prejudiced history' and it is all the better for that. What makes Hattersley a consistently thought-provoking and page-turning writer is the fact that his prejudices are not always predictable - Observer - Andrew Rawnsley

  • An entertaining, stylish and generally unbiased romp through the last half-century by Britain's leading born-again Socialist - Independent on Sunday, Books of the Year - Ben Pimlott

  • Centring on parliament, party, cabinet and conference, and where the inner history of the Labour Party is concerned, mingling casual revelations with well-researched accounts of key episodes. Not only is Hattersley's recall vivid, but he started in politics so young that he straddles the decades with little sign of effort. - Spectator - John Vincent

  • Mixes perspective and a polemic in a way which constantly makes you have to define where you stand - Observer, Books of the Year - Peter Preston

  • A formidable book, meticulously researched [and] immensely readable...Marvellous - Sunday Times - Tony Benn

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Roy Hattersley

Roy Hattersley is a politician-turned-writer. He was elected to Parliament in 1964, and served in each of Harold Wilson's governments as well as Jim Callaghan's Cabinet before becoming deputy leader of the Labour Party in 1983. He is the author of fourteen books.

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