An Utterly Impartial History of Britain

An Utterly Impartial History of Britain: (or 2000 Years Of Upper Class Idiots In Charge)

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, British History
Paperback Published on: 05/05/2008
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An Utterly Impartial History of Britain
utterly hilarious satire of british history
never have I genuinely laughed so hard when reading about history, and I studied it for my undergraduate degree as well!!
Tara

Synopsis

Many of us were put off history by the dry and dreary way it was taught at school. Back then 'The Origins of the Industrial Revolution' somehow seemed less compelling than the chance to test the bold claim on Timothy Johnson's 'Shatterproof' ruler.But here at last is a chance to have a good laugh and learn all that stuff you feel you really ought to know by now...

In this 'Horrible History for Grown Ups' you can read how Anglo-Saxon liberals struggled to be positive about immigration; 'Look I think we have to try and respect the religious customs of our new Viking friends - oi, he's nicked my bloody ox!'Discover how England's peculiar class system was established by some snobby French nobles whose posh descendents still have wine cellars and second homes in the Dordogne today. And explore the complex socio-economic reasons why Britain's kings were the first in Europe to be brought to heel; (because the Stuarts were such a useless bunch of untalented, incompetent, arrogant, upper-class thickoes that Parliament didn't have much choice.)

A book about then that is also incisive and illuminating about now, '2000 Years of Upper Class Idiots in Charge', is an hilarious, informative and cantankerous journey through Britain' fascinating and bizarre history.As entertaining as a witch burning, and a lot more laughs.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780552773966
  • Number of pages: 592
  • Weight: 398g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 35 mm

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An Utterly Impartial History of Britain
A good read and laugh!
If only history teachers taught how this book reads! I found myself chuckling as I made my way through it. I liked it so much I brought the follow up as I ... READ MORE
Ian B
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain
Buy this now, and get a second copy because your best friend or neighbour will borrow it and you'll never see it again. One of the funniest "history" books... READ MORE
Lochne55
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain
Brilliantly funny and interesting
A hysterical roller coaster ride through the history of Britain, fantastically punctuated by lots of laughs! Well worth buying.
Hannah Lane
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain
An utterly enjoyable book that although for some may be considered heavy reading, it makes you smile all the way through. John O'Farrell's sense of humour ... READ MORE
Olga Dai
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain
The humour of John O'farrell always keeps me feeling that all is not lost with humanity. I like the way he sees things and his sharp pen is always ready to... READ MORE
Smintheus Fellin
An Utterly Impartial History of Britain
Hilarious AND Informative....
....For me, that's a brilliant combination. Can't recommend this book highly enough!
Matt Clifford