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The Sunday Times economics editor David Smith presents a readable, informative history of the British economy since World War II. As a prominent journalist covering economic matters, he draws on a wealth of knowledge and anecdotes. His treatment of the decades of the 1970s and 1980s, in particular, provides a most interesting read. Though written before the Brexit vote, Smith’s straightforward account of a significant chapter in the United Kingdom’s history offers a wise and well-balanced perspective. This is a straightforward historical account without an opinionated viewpoint; little here is personal or contentious. getAbstract recommends this enjoyable overview to students, professors, investors and history buffs.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What events have marked the United Kingdom’s economic history since World War II,
  • What issues have caused the UK’s economic problems and
  • How the British have responded to these economic challenges.

About the Author

Economics editor of The Sunday Times David Smith also wrote The Dragon and the Elephant and Free Lunch.



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