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Made in Britain Audiobook

Made in Britain: How the Nation Earns Its living

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Publisher's Summary

Looking at how Britain pays its way in the world today. Like Andrew Marr’s History of Modern Britain or Michael Palin’s Himalaya, the book will have a coherence and life beyond the television series, mirroring its basic structure, but looking at some issues in greater depth, and telling additional stories to illustrate some of the ideas. This book is about the things that Britain produces in order to pay its way in the world, from physical goods that we can see and feel, to intangible services that are much harder to quantify.

We don’t have to be prejudiced in favour of certain types of value: we shouldn’t assume finance is modern and manufacturing out of date, for example. What matters is what sells and for how much. From manufacturing to technology, design and the services industries, this book will provide a cutting edge analysis - via entertaining stories - about what we make and why it matters.

©2011 Evan Davis (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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    Joshua Kim 06-10-12
    Joshua Kim 06-10-12

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    "Consuming 'Made in Britain'"

    Are you fascinated by how people manage to earn a living? Does an economy built on services, where none of us seems to do much of anything besides go to meetings and e-mail each other, completely confuse you? How is it that we manage to buy houses and cars and computers if we don't really make anything?

    For answers to these questions, and more, the best place to visit is Britain. Why? Because England has gone further down the road of creating a services based economy than the U.S., Germany, Japan or other wealth countries. The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the workshop of the world, is the poster child of the service economy of tomorrow.

    I really liked Made in Britain. I'm hoping that Evan Davis franchises the book. A "Made in France" and a "Made in South Korea" and a "Made in the USA". The book grew out of Davis' BBC production of the same name. You can find the episode online, but apparently the BBC does not let North American's view their online video. (Can anyone help?)

    The British economy is strong in areas of finance, pharmaceuticals, marketing / design, defense and higher education. Problems exist, such as persistent underinvestment in research and development, too little savings, and too much borrowing. Housing continues to absorb too many investment dollars. The finance sector is probably too large. The U.S. can learn much from Britain's economic strengths and weaknesses, and Made in Britain is a great place to start.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Giles
    Wyton, Huntingdon, United Kingdom
    10/19/11
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    "The UK's Income Explained!"

    It is a question often asked in a conversation, and then everyone starts to moan that "we don't make anything anymore". The book blows this myth to smithereens by showing what we do make and how well our products are received globally; however it is balanced with what we don't make, and why we don't make those things any more.

    The UK's economics and our societies' culture (and to a certain extent its psychology) are examined, indicating why we have a trade deficit and prefer offices to manufacturing.

    I'm abbreviating heavily here. This book deserves much more of your time and attention. Evan Davis narrates himself, and I've always found programs or documentaries of his on TV engaging, entertaining and easy to understand. He brings all this to the book; if you're a fan of his style, you'll love the book.

    This was one of those audiobooks I didn't want to end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Judy Corstjens
    12/16/12
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    "Lucid"

    I really enjoyed this. Easy to listen to and straightforward to follow, interesting throughout, balanced and also with a number of surprises. If the French have car brands and we don't, does it mean they have a larger auto industry? Well, cars are made up of components from all over the world, and the UK supplies a few. Also the retail distribution of cars is an important and essential part of the auto industry value chain. Wheels within wheels.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • john
    Uxbridge, United Kingdom
    5/5/12
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    "Pitched just right"

    I came away from this audiobook feeling both informed and entertained. A subject like this could easily be dull, but this work is both written and narrated with real pace and an infectious enthusiasm. Perhaps the best endorsement I can give it, is that it really did change my opinion on the subject. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Bolton, United Kingdom
    10/26/11
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    "Excellent"

    This was a truly pleasurable listen. Evan gives a very impartial and positive overview of the British economy. If you have been reading a news paper or listening to the doom and gloom on TV. Get this book, listen to Evan's account of how Britain does what it does and I guarantee the pride will return.

    Really good stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CC
    Scotland
    9/5/11
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    "Entertaining and revealing"

    I enjoyed this book. It's read well, interesting, and at times surprising. Best of all: it's a positive, honest message.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • D. J. Pritchard
    Chester, UK
    10/25/15
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    "Excellent synopsis of how modern economics works"

    Excellent synopsis of how modern economics works and n the UK and beyond. Well presented and easy to understand

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    LV426
    7/21/15
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    "Finally my questions are answered"

    I have been looking for the subject for quite some time.

    This audio book is very informative and proved my point right that universities are one of Britain's biggest income.

    I shall buy another copy as a gift to my country's president.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bus
    UK
    1/31/15
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    "Intetesting and well paced"

    This is an ideal audiobook for listening to on the commute to work. It is interesting, well written and well narrated. It's a shame that a second narrator was used to read each of the quotations. This second narrator was too softly spoken and recorded at a low volume level so I could never hear what he said,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • patricia
    SALISBURY, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "succinct summary of british manufacturing"

    A factual insight into manufacturing output in Britain over many decades and up to the present.

    Easy listening, interesting, thought provoking and surprisingly optimistic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Epping, United Kingdom
    7/29/11
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    "Made in Britain by Evan Davis"

    This was an excellent listen - very well put together and helped me understand quite a bit more about the UK economy.

    Davis addresses many of the easy-to-hold prejudices about the UK economy, many of which I myself hold (or possibly held in some cases) and shows how the thing really works.

    I still have many unanswered questions, but the book certainly helped.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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