The People Who Made The City That Made The World
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For centuries, London has ranked among the world’s greatest cities. But a city is nothing without its people. In Johnson’s Life of London, Boris Johnson, who was elected London’s mayor in 2008, offers a sparkling new history of the city told through a relay-race of great Londoners who embody its ingenuity, diversity, creativity and enterprise.
Johnson contends that London provides an environment that empowers people to create. Here, he explores a cross current of influences between Westminster and the City, between the politicians and the wealth creators, over many centuries. Johnson’s Life of London—a witty title that pays tribute to one of the greatest Londoners, Samuel Johnson—presents a chronological story of the city through concise biographies of figures both famous and (somewhat) obscure. It ranges from such Romans as Hadrian to one of the author’s predecessors as mayor, Dick Whittington; from John Wilkes (a strong upholder of the freedom of the press) to J.W. Turner; from Chaucer to Gandhi, and through to modern times with such figures as Churchill and Keith Richards.
Witty and erudite, Johnson’s Life of London re-discovers a great metropolis as never before.
Hardcover Book : 336 pages
Publisher: Riverhead Bks/Mbr of Penguin Putnam ( May 31, 2012 )
Item #: 13-523445
Product Dimensions: 6.0 x 9.0 x 0.84inches
Product Weight: 16.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)