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Crisis? What Crisis?: Britain in the 1970s Paperback – March 19, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1845134259 ISBN-10: 1845134257

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (March 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845134257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845134259
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,542,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


'Turner has certainly hit upon a rich and fascinating subject, and his intertwining of political and cultural history is brilliantly done... This is a masterful work of social history and cultural commentary, told with much wit. It almost makes you feel as if you were there' -- Roger Lewis Mail on Sunday 'Vivid, brilliantly researched... Turner may be an anorak, but he is an acutely intelligent anorak' -- Francis Wheen New Statesman 'This well-researched and witty text recounts how the media reflected politics in an era of glamour, bad fashion and inflation... displays wit, colour and detail' -- Brian Groom Financial Times 'An adventurous and enjoyable reassessment of a much-maligned decade' -- Nick Rennison BBC History Magazine 'A real lesson in social history but without the stuffiness... A good fun reminder of the "decade that taste forgot"' Manchester Evening News 'An ambitious, entertaining alternative history of the 1970s which judges the decade not just by its political turbulence but by the leg-up it gave popular culture' Time Out 'Turner combines a fan's sense of populism (weaving in references to a rapidly expanding popular culture) with a keen grasp of the political landscape, which gives his survey of an often overlooked decade its cutting edge' Metro 'Turner's narrative is quite compelling... This is about as far away from sober, stuffy history as you can get and deserves a wide readership' Publishing News

About the Author

ALWYN W. TURNER is the author of Rejoice! Rejoice!: Britain in the 1980s, A Classless Society: Britain in the 1990s and the ebook Things Can Only Get Bitter: The Lost Generation of 1992, all published by Aurum. An acclaimed writer on post-war British culture, his other books include The Biba Experience, Halfway to Paradise, My Generation and Terry Nation: The Man Who Invented the Daleks.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By moco on May 18, 2010
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Supposedly the words then-PM Jim Callaghan spoke when asked about the rash of strikes that were bringing the UK to a standstill (He didn't), "Crisis? What Crisis?" is a great introduction to a colorful and tumultuous period in Britain's history. The book is divided into 3 parts corresponding to the 3 PMs of the decade: 1. Heath (1970-4), 2. Wilson (1974-6), and 3. Callaghan (1976-9). It's not all politics, however, as there is a lot of info on the pop culture of the day and how it often reflected the (rather morose) mood of the british people. Included are chapters dealing with the raging issues of the decade: a rising crime rate, the Ulster "Troubles", the growth of Scottish and Welsh nationalism, race, Gay and women's lib, entry into Europe, and especially, those two defining issues of the era: the often controversial role of organized Labor and the awful state of the economy. Amidst a background of frequent and violent labor disputes, economic stagnation, rising crime, ethnic/cultural troubles, pessimism and fear for the nation's future, one can see why millions turned to Thatcher and her conservatives in 1979. On the other hand, as this book shows, that background also displayed some of the greatest pop music and britcoms ever, many of which are still enjoyed some 30 odd years later; One can see why the era is also looked back on with nostalgia. Overall, a great book of a fascinating era. Highly Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dean S. Maclaughlin on October 7, 2013
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I know that the trend in history writing is no longer to write about kings and battles but to write history from the viewpoint of the common man - how he lived, made his living, etc. I applaud this trend, but Mr. Turner in this series of books has gone too far. There are endless references to television series, popular music, etc. I found myself flipping pages just skimming them. This comment is also true for the second volume "Rejoice, Rejoice". I probably won't buy the third volume.
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By Joey Zaza on July 7, 2014
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This book was just too biased for me. I was looking for something that would let me judge, not tell me what to think. Also, how many references can you make to British '70s television?
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