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Publisher's Summary

Eyewitness provides a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear the events of the century described by those who saw them happen. A wealth of BBC archive recordings, some never previously broadcast, is interwoven with an illuminating commentary by the historian Joanna Bourke. Published in 10 volumes, Eyewitness examines the role and the life of the British people in each decade of the century.

Politics dominated the '90s, from the toppling of the Iron Lady, ousted by her own party in 1990, to New Labour's massive election victory.

The Gulf War caused controversy, with opponents questioning the need for war and supporters disappointed by its inconclusive ending. There was conflict in Bosnia too, and British troops were sent to the former Yugoslavia as part of the UN peacekeeping force.

The media remained preoccupied with celebrity and trivia, exemplified by the shocking death of Diana, Princess of Wales, pursued by paparazzi. The nation mourned, but there was good news in Northern Ireland at last, as a ceasefire and the Good Friday Agreement brought an uneasy peace.

On 31 December 1999, the elite celebrated in the Millennium Dome. Apocalyptic fears proved groundless, and the Millennium Bug did not cause the expected chaos. The turbulent century came to a quiet end.

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Critic Reviews

"...mines the BBC¿s sound archives to produce what will surely become the greatest oral history series..." (The Times)
"A wonderful idea and excellently executed ..best possible use of the medium and a great narrator" (The Independent)

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A great review for a decade I grew up in.

What did you love best about Eyewitness, 1990-1999?

The different interviews and clips used made it feel like a documentary.

What other book might you compare Eyewitness, 1990-1999 to and why?

Afraid I can't think of any other books to compare it with, however, I'd say it's as good as the other books in this series covering the 20th century.

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to choose from.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Neil Kennik's or however you spell it 1992 labor speech was hilarious.

Any additional comments?

A must-have I feel for any fans of history, and British history in particular. I'd like to thank the author of this for allowing an American like me to hear these.

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Living History

The entire series of "Eyewitness" is remarkably well done. Tom Piggot Smith is superb as always and the voices from the past are sometimes chilling in their immediacy. This is a great series.