Johnson's Life of London: The People Who Made the City that Made the World

Johnson's Life of London: The People Who Made the City that Made the World

by Boris Johnson
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Johnson's Life of London: The People Who Made the City that Made the World by Boris Johnson

The exhilarating story of how London came to be one of the most exciting and influential places on earth—from the city’s colorful, witty, and well-known mayor.

Once a swampland that the Romans could hardly be bothered to conquer, over the centuries London became an incomparably vibrant metropolis that has produced a steady stream of ingenious, original, and outsized figures who have shaped the world we know.

Boris Johnson, the internationally beloved mayor of London, is the best possible guide to these colorful characters and the history in which they played such lively roles. Erudite and entertaining, he narrates the story of London as a kind of relay race. Beginning with the days when “a bunch of pushy Italian immigrants” created Londinium, he passes the torch on down through the famous and the infamous, the brilliant and the bizarre—from Hadrian to Samuel Johnson to Winston Churchill to the Rolling Stones—illuminating with unforgettable clarity the era each inhabited. He also pauses to shine a light on innovations that have contributed to the city’s incomparable vibrancy, from the King James Bible to the flush toilet.

As wildly entertaining as it is informative, this is an irresistible account of the city and people that in large part shaped the world we know.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594631467
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 978,962
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Boris Johnson is the very popular and internationally known Mayor of London. Educated at Oxford, he began his career as a journalist, writing for the Times and the Telegraph (for whom he still contributes a regular column), and working his way up to editor of the Spectator. He is the author of Johnson’s Life of London (Riverhead, 2012) and The Churchill Factor (Riverhead, 2014). He was elected to the House of Commons in 2001 and served there until he was elected Mayor in 2008. Johnson is a regular on British television and radio. He lives in London with his wife and four children.

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Johnson's Life of London: The People Who Made the City that Made the World 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Conversational style, lively, erudite. Highly recommmmended.
Basil More than 1 year ago
Who else but the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to discuss its world-famed sons and daughters? This is an intelligent, decidedly pleasant summer read. And if you're going to London for the Olympics, it's a splendid introduction to the city, ranging from the ancients, such as Boudica and Hadrian, to a swinging contemporary like Keith Richards. Now that's range for "The People Who Made the City That Made the World."
AnglophileDS More than 1 year ago
This was from beginning to end a real treat. Informative, but not dry and dusty. The writer is very skilled and also very funny. It's a great read. I have no reservation recommending it everyone - and in fact I have.
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If Boris Johnson had written the history textbooks I encountered in my early school years, I would have fallen in love with the subject much earlier. Now I must go to London to see the places he describes, although many of the buildings no longer exist. His words had me on-site through many of the events in the lives of the city's most famous residents. This book would make a wonderful gift because it is so entertaining.