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  • Posted November 13, 2008

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    On the streets of London

    The sights, smells, sounds of thousands of years of London engulf you as you wander the streets of London with Ackroyd. This book is responsible for absorbing hours and days and, yes, weeks of my life. The "problem" is that each detail, each perfectly balanced phrase is so well researched, and presented in such a compelling way, that not only could I NOT speed read through this - I found myself touching and examining every sentence and thought process. <BR/><BR/>Not for the faint of heart or the casual reader! This very long and heavy book demands your full attention - you will not be able to sort of watch the football game while meandering through the chapters. You will be riveted to this challenging romp through the centuries.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Great History Lesson

    What an interesting idea, to write the biography of a city. Having been to London many times and loving that city, it was thrilling to read a comprehensive history of it. Very easy to read and understand, and helps to put all the different eras into perspective. Makes me anxious to read Ackroyd's bio of the Thames.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    A marvelous journey through London and its history.

    History as taught in the classroom is often dull and lifeless. Ackroyd excels at making London of history come alive for the reader. His book is a joy for those who wish to know a little or a lot more of the history of London culture, the land it comprises and the people within it. Each chapter focuses on a new facet of London, a new theme that immediately engages the reader. For those, like myself, who enjoy primary sources, Ackroyd is careful to prepare a full bibliography that is easily searched and referenced.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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