Shelfari edited the description of Never Had It So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles Wednesday, August 5, 2009.
A clever and engaging history of Britain in the early 1960s. In the late 1950s, Britain was a society on the brink of unprecedented materialism, opportunity, and cultural change. From the bloodshed of the Suez Crisis to the giddy heyday of Beatlemania, British life seemed more colorful, exciting, and more controversial than ever. The memories of these years still resonate: Teddy Boys and the Profumo scandal, the New Wave and James Bond, the rise of immigration and the birth of pop music. So, too, do the personalities who dominated the period, including Kingsley Amis, Peter Sellers, Sean Connery, and Paul McCartney. In this fresh and enlightening history of early 1960s Britain, Dominic Sandbrook illuminates the contradictions of a society caught between cultural nostalgia and economic opportunism and explores what British life was really like in the age of affluence.