White Heat : A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties 1964-1970 v. 2 Paperback
Harold Wilson's famous reference to 'white heat' captured the optimistic spirit of a society in the midst of breathtaking change.
From the gaudy pleasures of Swinging London to the tragic bloodshed in Northern Ireland, from the intrigues of Westminster to the drama of the World Cup, British life seemed to have taken on a dramatic new momentum. The memories, images and colourful personalities of those heady times still resonate today: mop-tops and mini-skirts, strikes and demonstrations, Carnaby Street and Kings Road, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath, Mary Quant and Jean Shrimpton, Enoch Powell and Mary Whitehouse, Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger. In this wonderfully rich and readable historical narrative, Dominic Sandbrook looks behind the myths of the Swinging Sixties to unearth the contradictions of a society caught between optimism and decline.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 976 pages, Section: 24, b/w
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 11/10/2007
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780349118208
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Review by planetmut
Another outstanding entry in Dominic Sandbrook's history of post-war Britain. Sandbrook tackles every issue of the day and does an excellent job of following Harold Wilson's government from election success to sudden collapse. As with Never Had It So Good, the pop culture of the day is given plenty of space and analysis. The Rolling Stones' rise from a little-known blues group to the bad boys of British rock is a fascinating read in itself and Sandbrook also takes on the myth that everyone in the UK drove a Mini, took copious amounts of drugs and slept around.I've read that there is a third volume in the works and I cannot wait to read it.