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  • Seasons in the Sun
  • Dominic Sandbrook
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  • 04 August 2019
  • 9781846140327

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Summary ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Dominic Sandbrook Dominic Sandbrook ´ 2 Summary Summary Seasons in the Sun Ra to remind us how rich it was from Bowie to Dennis Potter Martin Amis to William Golding' Damian Whitworth The Times 'Sharply and fluently written entertaining By making you uite nostalgic for the present Sandbrook has done a public service' Evening Standard About the author Born in Shropshire ten days before the October 1974 election Dominic Sandbrook was educated at Oxford St Andrews and Cambridge He is the author of three hugely acclaimed books on post war Britain Never Had It So Good White Heat and State of Emergency and two books on modern American history Eugene McCarthy and Mad as Hell A prolific reviewer and columnist he writes regularly for the Sunday Times Daily Mail New Statesman and BBC History. While this is no doubt the authoritative book on the period is he being paid by the word Several anecdotes are repeated over and over it all seems to be about Wilson being uninterested and moribund as a leader Benn is little than a cartoon figure The Thorpe chapter though is a hoot I d have liked social history and less politics That said there s not really a better writer for the era KING making you uite nostalgic for the present Sandbrook has done a public service' Evening Standard About the author Born in Shropshire ten days before the October 1974 election Dominic Sandbrook was educated at Oxford St Andrews and Cambridge He is the author of three hugely acclaimed books on post war Britain Never Had It So Good White Heat and State of Emergency and two books on Ty jesteś moje imię modern American history Eugene McCarthy and Mad as Hell A prolific reviewer and columnist he writes regularly for the Sunday Times Daily Mail New Statesman and BBC History. While this is no doubt the authoritative book on the period is he being paid by the word Several anecdotes are repeated over and over it all seems to be about Wilson being uninterested and The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy moribund as a leader Benn is little than a cartoon figure The Thorpe chapter though is a hoot I d have liked social history and less politics That said there s not really a better writer for the era

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Summary ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Dominic Sandbrook Dominic Sandbrook ´ 2 Summary Summary Seasons in the Sun Dominic Sandbrook's magnificent account of the late 1970s in Britain the book behind the major BB2 series The Seventies The late 1970s were Britain's years of strife and the good life They saw inflation riots the peak of trade union power and also the birth of home computers the rise of the ready meal and the triumph of a Grantham grocer's daughter who would change everything Dominic Sandbrook recreates this extraordinary period in all its chaos and contradiction revealing it as a turning point in our recent history where in everything from families and schools to punk and Doctor Who the future of the nation was being decided Reviews 'Magnificent if you lived through the late Seventies or for that matter eve. I could a tale unfold whose lightest word would harrow up thy soul freeze thy young blood and make thy two eyes like stars start from their spheres Actually I couldn t but Dominic Sandbrook can he has in Seasons in the Sun the Battle for Britain 1974 1979 the seuel to State of Emergency the Way We Were Britain 1970 1974I m not uite sure how to describe this book hovering as it does between history and black comedy I found myself laughing out loud at points at the sheer awfulness of our national life in the not so distant past a past my parents lived through a history they experienced I simply had to ask them if it really was that bad Yes and no they replied politically economically and socially times were bad a time of IRA terror a time rampant inflation a time of irresponsible trade union barons a time of Marxist militants a time of drift and decay but they were young they were both undergraduates at the same Cambridge college they were in love they had their season in the sun Perhaps the day will come when I look back at our present troubled times through a soft focused lens Sandbrook s title taken from a whimsical song popular at the time is deliberately ironic The period between the surprise victory of Harold Wilson and the Labour Party in the election of March 1974 and the defeat of his successor James Callaghan in the election in May 1979 comes as close as any to marking the nadir of modern British history It was a period that ended not in a Summer of Satisfaction but in the so called Winter of Discontent when the country overwhelmed by a great wave of trade union militancy saw rubbish pilling up in the streets and the dead ueuing for burial I knew that Labour governments were dysfunctional but my goodness I had no idea of just how dysfunctional Harold Wilson who won two elections in the 1960s came back to power a sad ghost of his former self increasingly beset by paranoia and uite possibly showing the signs of early mental decay He was completely dominated by his long standing political secretary and confidante one Marcia Williams a truly ghastly individual At one point she even addressed Wilson in the hearing of others as You little cunt By the summer of 1974 her influence was so baleful that his inner circle even contemplated having her murdered Instead the next best thing served she was sent upstairs to the House of Lords as Lady Falkender This Lady was no lady Even the ueen obliuely ueried her elevation Sandbrook rightly suggests that the mid to late seventies were not just important as prelude to Thatcherism surely the most necessary antidote ever devised but as a decisive moment in our recent history It was a time of transition a time that saw the strange death of social democratic England a time that saw the death of the consensus that had dominated British politics since 1945 It was the time that saw the end of Old Labour killed off ironically by its trade union allies I would say that if one wanted to understand Tony Blair and the modern Labour Party one could do no better than pay close attention to this periodIt was a time when illusions went hand in hand with delusions In March 1974 when it was clear even to the economically illiterate that it was no longer possible to spend one s way out of a crisis Denis Healey Wilson s Chancellor of the Excheuer proceeded to spend his way out of a crisis More and people began to wonder if Britain was on the road to Weimar with hyperinflation an ever present threat Actually the country had the worst of both worlds inflation and economic stagnation allowing a new term stagflation to enter the vocabulary The historian A J P Taylor who prided himself on his left wing credentials wrote to his Hungarian mistress urging her to Pray for the recovery of capitalism You can t realise how near we are to catastrophe all our banks may close their doors in a few months timeYou are lucky to be living in a Communist country and safe from such things Even Callaghan Foreign Secretary at the time said in a mood of black humour that if he had been a younger man he would emigrate Many did The author does an excellent job in identifying some of the key cultural icons There is surely none iconic than the inexpressibly vulgar Beverly Moss from Mike Leigh s play Abigail s Party She is a monster of social one upmanship She is also a harbinger of things to come Most of all she is a representative of a new aspirational Britain wholly material in concern and this includes the trade unionists who in their devil take the rearmost attitude killed all hope of a bright new socialist future There is surely no pathetic case than that of the political fantasist Tony Benn the Secretary of State for Industry propping up one dying industry after another full of socialist sentimentalism when all the working classes really wanted was new fridges and package holidays Workers of the world unite you have trips to Torremolinos to gain The trade unions are often seen as Margaret Thatcher s greatest enemies In fact they were her best allies The cowardice and irresponsibility of some union leaders Denis Healy later reflected guaranteed her election it left them with no grounds for complaining about her subseuent action against them I ve emphasised the politics of the period in this review by there is so much in Sandbrook s door stopper of a book weighing in at a hefty eight hundred plus pages He covers so much ground including the cultural and sporting highs and lows The highs and lows depending on your point of view might be best represented by the Sex Pistols a dysfunctional punk band for dysfunctional punk times Yes it was true there were no heroes any There is also a very good chapter on schooling and the negative effects of fashionable child centred educational theories absurd beyond absurd particularly in the example of William Tyndale Junior School in Islington This school might very well serve as a microcosm of England an undisciplined free for all Drawing on a huge range of sources Sandbrook weaves an effective tale though perhaps a little less effective than that told in State of Emergency To paraphrase Dickens this is the best of books and the worst of books It is strong in narrative and anecdote weak in depth and analysis The author s industry is impressive though given the uick turnaround between this and his previous book perhaps a little too Stakhanovite I would suggest less labour and reflection No matter Sandbrook s limpid prose carries one along uite nicely through an epic comic tragedy He has the ability to make one laugh and cry by turns This is the way we were This is the way we never want to be again

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Summary ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Dominic Sandbrook Dominic Sandbrook ´ 2 Summary Summary Seasons in the Sun N if you didn't don't miss this book' Mail on Sunday 'Sandbrook has created a specific style of narrative history blending high politics social change and popular culture always readable and assured A splendid book' Stephen Robinson Sunday Times 'Sandbrook has a remarkable ability to turn a sow's ear into a sulk purse His subject is depressing but the book itself is a joy Sandbrook is without doubt superb Seasons in the Sun is a familiar story yet seldom has it been told with such verve' Gerard DeGroot Seven 'A brilliant historian I had never fully appreciated what a truly horrible period it was until reading Sandbrook' A N Wilson Spectator 'Nuanced Sandbrook has rummaged deep into the cultural life of the e. I ve developed a serious addiction on Sandbrook s sprawling history of postwar Britain SEASONS IN THE SUN profits to this American non sports fan s mind by having little about soccer or cricket and lots about high ranking politicians plotting murders The Jeremy Thorpe scandal is amazing has that been turned into a movie Could we get Hugh Laurie to star as Thorpe Obviously the high point of the book is when Thorpe is on trial for murder while Wilson in retirement is giving wackadoo interviews about the CIAI want to uote the relevant passage in full just because it made my eyes pop out of my head I see myself as the big fat spider in the corner of the room Sometimes I speak when I m asleep You should both listen Occasionally when we meet I might tell you to go to Charing Cross Road and kick a blind man standing on a corner That blind man may tell you something lead you somewhere It s like something from the Nixon tapesOf course most of the book is not about posh people murdering their lovers or Harold Wilson s secret army of blind informers and s the pity But Sandbrook s gift is that he can sell the drama of Jim Callaghan tackles inflation or Margaret Thatcher takes over the Conservative Party as well I think it s this love for the cut and thrust of politics the acerbic ripostes in Parliament and dramatic speeches at party conferences that makes the books so addictiveThere is a strong end of empire vibe that at times seems overstated particularly when it comes to crime See Steven Pinker s graph on murder rates for an example Even leaving aside the dramatic difference between my frame of reference and the UK frame reference the increase in murder rates is pretty mild This makes the 90% support for the death penalty in 1975 interesting particularly since American support never climbed that high And while Sandbrook s use of absolute numbers wrt unemployment obscures this it appears that the unemployment rate never climbed above 4% until the Tories took over which makes the collective concern over unemployment a little hard to understand In fact I was surprised to find some of the Thatcherite proposals not only reasonable but obvious Of course an economy with high inflation and low unemployment should cut spending and restrict the money supply the failure to see this is analogous in my mind as the failure to see the folly of austerity when unemployment is high and inflation is at historic lows The proposal to include no strike clauses in essential services also strikes me as perfectly reasonable And if productivity was as dire as Sandbrook says then surely some kind of structural reforms were necessaryOf course it is entirely possible that I fell for the biased argument of a Tory historian and I would be interested to learn where to find a convincing opposing viewpointHaving said that the Thatcher uote that struck me the most is when she described as shattering the lack of income ineuality in Great Britain Needless to say this did not strike me as being particularly shattering I think it struck me as an ironic indication that the neoliberalism that took hold after the end of the postwar consensus contained with it the seeds of its own destruction as well More than the other volumes SEASONS IN THE SUN has the sense of one world ending and another one coming into being and precisely because I m used to this story being told with Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan I appreciated the reminder that it s bigger than any one person or country