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The book behind major BBC2 series "The Seventies", Dominic Sandbrook's "State of Emergency - The Way We Were: Britain 1970-74" is a brilliant history ...Show synopsisThe book behind major BBC2 series "The Seventies", Dominic Sandbrook's "State of Emergency - The Way We Were: Britain 1970-74" is a brilliant history of the gaudy, schizophrenic atmosphere of the early Seventies. The early 1970s were the age of gloom and glam. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the Sixties had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by social unrest, fuel shortages, unemployment and inflation. The seventies brought us miners' strikes, blackouts, IRA atrocities, tower blocks and the three-day week, yet they were also years of stunning change and cultural dynamism, heralding a social revolution that gave us celebrity footballers, high-street curry houses, package holidays, gay rights, green activists and progressive rock; the world of Enoch Powell and Tony Benn, David Bowie and Brian Clough, Germaine Greer and Mary Whitehouse. Dominic Sandbrook's "State of Emergency" is the perfect guide to a luridly colourful Seventies landscape that shaped our present, from the financial boardroom to the suburban bedroom. "Hugely entertaining, always compelling, often hilarious". (Simon Sebag Montefiore, "Sunday Telegraph"). "Thrillingly panoramic ...he vividly re-creates the texture of everyday life in a thousand telling details". (Francis Wheen, "Observer"). "Masterly ...nothing escapes his gaze". ("Independent on Sunday"). "Splendidly readable ...his almost pitch-perfect ability to recreate the mood and atmospherics of the time is remarkable". ("Economist"). Dominic Sandbrook (b.1974) an indirect result of the Heath government's three-day week giving couples more leisure time. He is now a prolific reviewer and commentator, writing regularly for the "Daily Telegraph", "Daily Mail" and "Sunday Times". He is the author of two hugely acclaimed books on Britain in the Fifties and Sixties, "Never Had It So Good" and "White Heat".Hide synopsis
State of Emergency: The Way We Were: Britain, 1970-1974 (Allen Lane) – Hardcover (2010)
Hardcover, Allen Lane 2010
ISBN: 1846140315 ISBN-13: 9781846140310
In the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the Sixties had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish Seventies had been forgotten. In this brilliant new history, ...Show moreIn the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the Sixties had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish Seventies had been forgotten. In this brilliant new history, Dominic Sandbrook recreates the gaudy, schizophrenic atmosphere of the early Seventies: the world of Enoch Powell and Tony Benn, David Bowie and Brian Clough, Germaine Greer and Mary Whitehouse. An age when the unions were on the march and the socialist revolution seemed at hand, but also when feminism, permissiveness, pornography and environmentalism were transforming the lives of millions. It was an age of miners' strikes, tower blocks and IRA atrocities, but it also gave us celebrity footballers and high-street curry houses, organic foods and package holidays, gay rights and glam rock. For those who remember the days when you could buy a new colour television but power cuts stopped you from watching it, this book could hardly be more vivid. It is the perfect guide to a luridly colourful Seventies landscape that shaped our present from the financial boardroom to the suburban bedroom.Hide
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Description:New in new dust jacket. This mint, First Edition, 2nd printing,...New in new dust jacket. This mint, First Edition, 2nd printing, HARDBACK, Allen Lane, 2010, has a mint, unclipped dust jacket that is now protected in an extra, bespoke, clear, acid-free slipcover. The covers are black boards with white lettering to the spine. The book size is 16.4 x 4.8 x 23.9 cm with 755 pristine pages. There are illustrations, cartoons, notes, a bibliography and an index. This looks like a very interesting zeitgeist to the period. ISBN 1846140315. "The Unacceptable Face of Capitalism. Midway between Crawley and Tunbndge Wells, the nondescript commuter town of East Grinstead, with its quiet streets of identikit inter-war semis, is not exactly one of the world's most glamorous destinations. When the suburban seducer Norman in Alan Ayckboun's comic trilogy The Norman Conquests (1973) announces that he has booked a dirty weekend in East Grinstead, the other characters' open hilarity speaks volumes about the town's decidedly unromantic reputation. But fast Grinstead does have one small claim to fame. On the rural edge of the town stands a squat building that for a brief moment in the early 1970s found itself in the headlines of every major newspaper in the country. With its brick and glass facade, its flat roofs, its stains of damp and rot, it might be a science block in some under-funded comprehensive school. In fact, it was a dance theatre: to be precise, the Adeline Genee dance theatre, the pet project of the Home Secretary's wife Beryl Maudling, and a symbol of a virulent financial and political cancer at the heart of British public life. And as he contemplated the wreckage of his political career, Reginald Maudling must have wished he had never heard of it. ' When Maudling resigned as Home Secretary in July 1972, the consensus was that he was an honourable man brought down by sheer bad luck. During the mid-1960s, he had agreed to serve as chairman of an export company owned by a successful Yorkshire architect called John Poulson. In return, Poulson promised to help with the financing of Beryl Maudling's beloved theatre project, a 'Little Glyndebourne for Ballet' on the edge of East Grinstead. As a teenage ballet prodigy, Beryl dreamed that the Adeline Genee theatre would help to bring dance to the masses, and she was delighted when Poulson offered a financial covenant that would bail out the troubled scheme. So work on the theatre went ahead, and in January 1967 it opened its doors with a gala performance attended by Princess Margaret, Lord Snowdon and Dame Adeline herself, a former ballet dancer now in her nineties. But then disaster struck. Despite his air of success, John Poulson was a rather less adept businessman than he seemed, and in January 1972 he was forced to declare bankruptcy. When investigators looked into his murky finances, they found some very mysterious donations to civil servants and politicians, as well as the details of the covenant to Beryl Maudling's theatre. As the Attorney General reported to the Cabinet on 13th July 1972, not only was Poulson himself possibly guilty of fraud, but at least two Members of Parliament, 'several civil servants and various individuals in public life in the north of England' might also have to face 'charges of corruption'. ' All of this left Maudling in a distinctly tricky spot. As Home Secretary, he would nominally be in charge of any investigation, but since he and his wife had benefited from Poulson's largesse, he could hardly claim to be unbiased......" ( pg. 506 )
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