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Crisis? What Crisis?

November 18th, 2014 · Posted by Skuds in Politics · No Comments · Politics

I finally finished reading Crisis? What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s by Alwyn Turner. It took a while. I would probably have read two or three novels in the time it took me to read it, even though it is a much shorter book than many other history books that often weigh in at 700 or 800 pages.

The reason is that history is not as compelling as fiction for me. With a novel I will, if it is any good, find myself speeding up as I get further through and want to find out what happens next. And I will also put more time aside for reading do I can get to the end. Almost by definition, with a history book you know how it ends, and with a book about the 1970s there is no rush to get to the end because it ends with Thatcher.

That said, I was taken by surprise when the book finished because it was only 70% of the way through according to the progress bar at the bottom of the Kindle. I had forgotten that history books tend to devote a lot of pages at the end to references and bibliographies and this is the first one I have read as an e-book.

Quick conclusion: it is a different perspective to the others I read and even with covering the same ground it came up with a few things to make me stop and think. Well worth reading. There were a few points in it that I will probably return to in the near future.

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