Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II

By A. N. Wilson
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18.43 Hours 01/05/2010 unabridged
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When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, few could have any inkling of the stupendous changes that were going to take place in Britain and around the world. In this third book of his acclaimed histories, A. N. Wilson paints a panoramic portrait of the development of modern Britain. He begins in the 1950s with the Suez crisis, immigration, the Angry Young Men and Harold Macmillan, and takes us through the vast cultural changes and pop fashions of the 1960s. He continues through the 1970s, with Vietnam and the Cold War looming large and the Labour government that ushered in the Winter of Discontent. The collapse of the Soviet Union in the ’80s signaled the end of a political era in Britain, leading up to the current period of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

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When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953, few could have any inkling of the stupendous changes that were going to take place in Britain and around the world. In this third book of his acclaimed histories, A. N. Wilson paints a panoramic portrait of the development of modern Britain. He begins in the 1950s with the Suez crisis, immigration, the Angry Young Men and Harold Macmillan, and takes us through the vast cultural changes and pop fashions of the 1960s. He continues through the 1970s, with Vietnam and the Cold War looming large and the Labour government that ushered in the Winter of Discontent. The collapse of the Soviet Union in the ’80s signaled the end of a political era in Britain, leading up to the current period of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A piquant refraction of an era of enormous change…The enthusiasms expressed in Our Times are enjoyable to encounter, but it is Mr. Wilson’s wicked wit that carries the reader along.”  Wall Street Journal
“A very funny, extremely opinionated, always provocative and often thoughtful read…Wilson is endlessly entertaining.” Observer (London)
“One of the most important books of recent years.” Daily Mail (London) 
“Although ‘the second Elizabethan era’ has been a period in which the majority of the British basked in comfort, security, and luxury, it is also the reign in which Britain effectively stopped being British, contends the opinionated and entertaining Wilson…Delightfully sharp-witted and sharp-tongued, and always controversial and ironic, Wilson takes no prisoners.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Wilson produces a history that even those not familiar with Great Britain will find fascinating.” Library Journal
“[Our Times] shows the author as a deeply committed watcher of our time, offering even American readers a great deal to ruminate over. By turns sardonic, rueful, engaging and cantankerous.” Kirkus Reviews
“A masterpiece of popular history.” Frank McLynn, British historian and critically acclaimed biographer

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Author Bio: A. N. Wilson

A. N. Wilson is a renowned British journalist and author. He has written several acclaimed biographies, including Tolstoy, C. S. Lewis, Jesus, and Paul. He taught for seven years at Oxford before becoming a journalist. He has won numerous awards, including the E. M. Forster Award, the Whitbread Biography Award, and the Somerset Maugham Award. A frequent contributor to the Daily Mail, Times Literary Supplement, New Statesman, Spectator, and Observer, he lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 18.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English