An Utterly Impartial History of Britain

An Utterly Impartial History of Britain

By John O'Farrell

  • Release Date : 2008-09-04
  • Genre : Europe
  • FIle Size : 1.69 MB
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An Utterly Impartial History of Britain Many of us were put off history by the dry and dreary way it was taught at school. Back then 'The Origins of the Industrial Revolution' somehow seemed less compelling than the chance to test the bold claim on Timothy Johnson's 'Shatterproof' ruler.But here at last is a chance to have a good laugh and learn all that stuff you feel you really ought to know by now...

In this 'Horrible History for Grown Ups' you can read how Anglo-Saxon liberals struggled to be positive about immigration; 'Look I think we have to try and respect the religious customs of our new Viking friends - oi, he's nicked my bloody ox!'Discover how England's peculiar class system was established by some snobby French nobles whose posh descendents still have wine cellars and second homes in the Dordogne today. And explore the complex socio-economic reasons why Britain's kings were the first in Europe to be brought to heel; (because the Stuarts were such a useless bunch of untalented, incompetent, arrogant, upper-class thickoes that Parliament didn't have much choice.)

A book about then that is also incisive and illuminating about now, '2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge', is an hilarious, informative and cantankerous journey through Britain' fascinating and bizarre history.As entertaining as a witch burning, and a lot more laughs.

Reviews

  • An Utterly Impartial History of Britain

    5
    By Oran K
    If you love history, if you love Britain, if you love laughing out loud in public places, you will love this. There's a new kind of patriotism out there since the Olymoics. Not an aggressive militaristic patriotism but a simple love and pride in what we have become as a nation and as a society. And just like the Olympics and Paralympics, this book made me proud, oh so proud to be British. And it's very darn funny!!
  • great

    5
    By Amar0001
    the best way to learn about 2000 years of upper class idiots in charge in no way serious and perfect for graduates!!!
  • Fantastically funny. In no way serious. Yet you learn.

    5
    By Muuusics
    A hysterical take on the first 2000 years of British history, providing many laugh out loud moments. O'farrell does well to communicate the types of characters that form our ancestry, from the tragic heroes to the damn right foolish. The book takes you through all the periods of our heritage. Written like a story and as informally as his other comedy works, after reading this I truly believe there is no greater way of learning history, than through humour.

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