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Glory & B*llocks The Truth Behind Ten Defining Events in British History by Colin Brown

Glory & B*llocks The Truth Behind Ten Defining Events in British History

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10 defining events in British History, we take them for granted – the Suffrage movement, Abolition, the Armada and Waterloo but what do we really know about them? Is the version we have the true one or is it a polished and buffed-up misty-eyed looking back on past glory? Well, according to Colin Brown it’s a mix of the two, his delving in the archives reveals some surprising views on these key events, that the text-book version is not always right. Due to his use of archive material, reports and personal records from the time, Colin Brown has written an insightful and well-rounded view of 10 key events.

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Glory & B*llocks The Truth Behind Ten Defining Events in British History by Colin Brown

Was the longbow behind the victory at Agincourt, or was it just that the English are better in mud? Did Queen Elizabeth I know the Armada had capitulated when she drafted one of history's most inspiring speeches? Where did Wellington meet his Waterloo? Were the Falklands testament to Mrs Thatcher's steel or a grasping, imperial folly? Veteran political reporter Colin Brown - a true expert in spin - travels to the places where history was made to unearth what makes Britain great.


'Barely a page fails to yield some colourful historical nugget.' Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph on Whitehall

'Brown is a cheerful guide - full of anecdotes and observations.' The Guardian on Whitehall

About the Author

Colin Brown

Colin Brown is author of the acclaimed history Whitehall: The Street That Shaped a Nation. Formerly political editor of the Sunday Telegraph and Independent on Sunday, deputy political editor of the Independent, and correspondent for the Guardian, he covered breaking news in Downing Street and Westminster for over 30 years. He lives in London.

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7th November 2013


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Oneworld Publications


384 pages


Biography / Autobiography
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Politics & government



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