This is a provocative and panoramic survey of 2,000 years of English history. Johnson tells the story of how a small nation, living in a geographical backwater, developed unique economic and political institutions, expanded its territory, and saddled upon it the frame of a modern industrial society.
Paul Johnson, British author and historian, is the author of many books, including Modern Times, A History of the Jews, Intellectuals, The Birth of the Modern, and The Quest for God, which have been translated into many languages. He has been a frequent contributor to the Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spectator, and other newspapers and magazines. He has lectured to academic, business, and political audiences all over the world.
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“Beautifully constructed…. An idiosyncratic viewpoint has enabled Mr. Johnson to extract a great deal of new information to add to the conventional account of English, or British, history.” (Times Literary Supplement)
“An excellent book that will stir up a great many people, and so it should.” (New Statesman)
“He is abreast of modern scholarship, and a reader with some command of English history will find Johnson’s iconoclasm stimulating and challenging. His coverage of the last two hundred years deserves to be labeled brilliant historical journalism.” (Library Journal)
An interesting subject, but as the book progresses it becomes more commentary than history. The book could more aptly be titled 'Paul Johnson's Opinions about the History of the English People.' I still found it somewhat enjoyable, but it could have been much better.
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