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Family Britain, 1951-1957

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    A fascinating look at Britain since World War II

    The second in the six volume series, the over-all title of which is "Towards a New Jerusalem," David Kynaston's "Family Britain," is an all-encompassing look at society in all its aspects in the years between 1951-1957. His earlier volume, "Austerity Britain," covered 1945-1950. The work when eventually finished will cover the period up to the assumption of the office of Prime Minister by Margaret Thatcher. This was the period when so many things considered British and traditional changed radically.
    The books are part chronological history presented directly by the author and part anecdotal, taken from diaries, interviews, newspaper articles etc.
    This a very large read, 784 pages, but worth every paragraph. It seemed a bit slower to interest me than the first but resonated with me since I arrived in England in 1957 at the point where the book ends. I was stationed in Yorkshire at a US Army post that was just being built. I was there for a year and got to know the England of that time and the English men and women. This study seems to me to quite accurate in feeling the pulse of the times. For anyone interested in British history, social history, or how a country is changed so drastically in a relatively short time this is a must. Highly recommended

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