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1215: The Magna Carta. 1415: Henry V. 1588: Defeat of the Spanish Armada. 1688: The Bill of Rights. 1815: Waterloo. 1833: Abolition of the slave trade. 1928: Women's suffrage. 1940: Dunkirk and Churchill's last stand. 1945: Creation of the welfare state. 1982: Falklands War.
From the Magna Carta to the Falklands, the years that have made Britain, for better and for worse
Colin Brown is the acclaimed author of Operation Big: The Race to Stop Hitler's A-Bomb, `The Scum of the Earth': What Happened to the Real British Heroes of Waterloo? and Whitehall: The Street That Shaped a Nation. Formerly political editor of the Sunday Telegraph and the Independent on Sunday, he covered breaking news in Downing Street and Westminster for over thirty years. He lives in London.
`This is as much a travel book as history. Brown goes to significant sites... It's in evoking such a strong sense of place that the book succeeds in conveying a sense of history.' * Independent on Sunday * `Spirited, entertaining and fascinatingly informative.' * Daily Mail * `David Cameron calls this "absolutely fascinating" and you can't say fairer than that.' * Daily Express * '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