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17. November 2011
London is special. For centuries, it has been amongst the greatest cities of the world. But a city is nothing without its people. This sparkling new history of London, told through a relay-race of great Londoners shows in one, personality-packed book that the ingenuity, diversity, creativity and enterprise of London are second to none. Boris Johnson believes that in order to understand London one has to know about its past. The heart and spirit of London lies in its people, in the range of its cultures. Through its diversity and energy, London provides an environment which empowers people to create, the impetus to invent. Boris Johnson's new book explores this 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 fitting tribute of course to one of the greatest Londoners -celebrates many of the characters who have made this city great. Boris's book provides a chronological story of London but is written in the form of a relay race of biographies - some very famous figures, some more obscure. He ranges from the Romans 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. Boris Johnson writes with wit and erudition, providing the reader with delightful insights. The book discovers London as none of us have seen it before and the journey is exhilarating and surprising .

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  • Verlag: Harper Collins Publishers; Auflage: Unabridged (17. November 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007440618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007440610
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 13,8 x 2,6 cm
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Praise for 'The Dream of Rome': 'Written with all the wit and zest that have helped to make him Britain's favourite celebrity MP.' Tom Holland, Daily Telegraph 'Johnson has not been intimidated by dry classics masters: his style is bright, breezy, populist and pacy.' The Times 'Described with his special combination of sharp-eyed intelligence and golly-gosh exclamation...a splendid romp through the Roman world.' Sunday Telegraph 'Lovers of Latin and ancient history unite! At long last there is a warm, funny, erudite introduction to the Roman empire...a marvellous reader-friendly account of Rome.' Independent 'History comes alive only when written from the heart and Johnson's is full of swashbuckling japes, bloodthirsty yells and energetic sideswipes.' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday

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Boris Johnson was elected Mayor of London in May 2008. Before this he was the Editor of the Spectator and Member of Parliament for Henley on Thames. He is the author of many books, notably Have I Got Views for You and Dream of Rome.

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A city has a life and a history to match its magnitude. Fortunately for London, and for us, it has a worthy chronicler of its march of heroes. Author and Lord Mayor, Boris Johnson, has put together this alluring book about The People Who Made the City That Made the World. Johnson provides brief biographies of the featured persons with a particular focus on the crucial role each played in the making of London. Some are familiar names of whom we learn more about their contributions to London and others are names we have never heard of but should.

From chapter to chapter we read of Boudica, the native woman whose attack convinced the Romans to reestablish their authority, Hadrian, the Emperor who made London the capitol of the province of Britain, Melitius, the Sixth Century missionary who brought Christianity back to London, and Alfred the Great, the Anglo-Saxon king who restored London only to have it taken by William the Conqueror who made his new city a center of trade.

A city is not built only of bricks and masonry. It needs a life of the mind, of arts and letters that was provided by the five of the subjects: Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson, J. M. W. Turner and Keith Richards. What I found to be most interesting is the way that these chapters go beyond the artistic veneers to introduce the reader to the men behind the legends, those who contributed more to his city than is apparent to the general public.

Any great city needs money and two titans of finance are featured. The first is a London Giant about whom I had never heard, Richard Whittington, who made a fortune, served as mayor and endowed a foundation that, 600 years later, continues to support the needy in the city he helped shape.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Love London, Love this Book! 17. Mai 2012
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Boris Johnson is a remarkable character. His flamboyance and unconcealed brilliance and brio make him a type of public figure not presently on the stage in the U.S.

Unlike most books presented as authored by American politicians in our era, 'Johnson's Life of London' has the compelling feel that can come only from a skilled writer in sync with his topic.

Boris Johnson loves London, and he loves life, and he loves writing--and he loves to put on a show for an audience.

Johnson's approach is to guide one through London via her history. He illuminates and brings together otherwise disparate historical fragments through his rendition of the legends of out-sized figures. Here we have Chaucer, there we have Shakespeare. Here we have the incomparable Samuel Johnson, there we have the notorious and engaging John Wilkes. Who but Boris Johnson would follow the inimitable Winston Churchill with the equally inimitable, though nonetheless surprising Keith Richards?

This book has something for nearly everyone. Whether you're going to London, would like to go to London or to remember London--or would just like a touch of London amid your day--you'll savor this one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best Contemporary Romp Though London's Past 4. Mai 2012
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Current Mayor of London, active journalist and prominent politician Boris Johnson takes American readers on a breathless bicycle ride through his favorite city--the source of many of his columns and articles in Britain's print media. Amusingly titled 'Johnson's Life of London,' the book suggests that other famous Londoner--Dr. Samuel Johnson, the wit and lexicographer. Certainly, his work shares the zest for life and for words found in the earlier Dr. Johnson. Boris Johnson introduces us to London while walking his bicycle across London Bridge; thus bridging many a gap in history and culture and beginning as he means to go on.

Americans will love this book if they have any interest in the city or any plans to visit it. London's citizens should feel that their mayor has 'done them proud' in this warm appreciation for the major personages, buildings, ideas and movements that make this city--in his eyes--the most vital in the world and the 'nest' out of which so many fine things have hatched. Johnson's scope is vast but not necessarily superficial. His learning is large and, one senses, that this account of his is selective and that he could have told many more equally compelling stories. Bridging the past and present, Boris Johnson takes us back to the first Roman foundations of London and its early tribulations under the onslaught of the furious Queen Boudica. He brings us up-to-date on archeological findings from the Roman era, including an appreciation of the Emperor Hadrian and the beginnings of Christian worship in London and the precursor of St. Paul's Cathedral. He has zippy chapters on Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror, Goeffrey Chaucer and a myth-debunking sketch of the early financier-Lord Mayor of London, Dick Whittington. William Shakespeare and London's role in developing the world's public theaters, the importance of the English language to world history (as exemplified in the King James Bible, as well as through Chaucer and Shakespeare) also come in for Johnson's thoughtful and upbeat treatment. One even gets the mayor's take on the importance of Keith Richards to the music of the Rock and Roll era and the role of London in 'giving back' some musical traditions to the United States. (The Beatles, being from Liverpool, are secondary to his chosen topic.)

This book is a marvelous blend of fact and opinion that only the 'quirky' type of English writer could have produced and it will go on my bookshelf along with other important works about British culture and travel to London.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Loved this history of London. 16. Mai 2012
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I love London and this is the most entertaining book I have read about it. Boris Johnson, the present mayor of London clearly loves it as much as the Dr. Johnson who said " When you are tired of London, you are tired of life" This book goes back to the Roman occupation of Londinium and continues to the history of the rolling stones. What a history it has, 2000 years of villages that have combined to make the most vibrant city in the world. The Celts, The Danes or Northmen, the Anglo Saxons, the population that now represents all of Britain's conquests all over the world.I found every word so entertaining and so filled with the greatness of London, I hope he will consider writing another book about London. ONe book is not enough!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fun but not accurate 24. Juni 2012
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I received Boris Johnson's book, Johnson's Life of London from the Amazon Vine review program. I looked forward to reading the book because as I historical scholar specializing in English history, I always enjoy the history of anything to do with the British.

Boris Johnson tries very hard to bring his beloved city to life. It is as if he is taking his reader on a walking tour of London, pointing out interesting tidbits along with historical places. His writing is engaging and very entertaining. Unfortunately, his historical knowledge fell flat too many times and his take on how the English view some of their history is wrong and seems to be based on his opinion only.

What really surprised me was that even as he professes to love his fellow citizens, he spends a large portion talking about how great the Romans were and what they did for England. He seems to forget that once the Roman's left, the Britons dropped their Roman ways and returned to the old way of life.
He gets many basic facts wrong; these are facts that can be easily looked up. Maybe what he needed was a better editor. Shakespeare's son did not die when he was an infant, he died when he was 11. Tanners used urine to soften hides, not fecal matter. The fecal matter was used to take the remaining hair and fibers off hides. It's basic facts like this that have me pausing. Yes, his writing style is fun, and his enthusiasm shows with every new subject, but because his facts are not always correct I am not sure I can recommend this for the serious reader. If you are looking for an overview of the history of the city of London, this may be the book for you, just do not use it if looking for hard facts.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Lord Mayor Waxes Eloquent on the History of London 12. Juni 2012
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I must admit at once that London is among my favorite cities in the world - along with Boston, New York, Istanbul, Kiev, Krakow and Florence. Standing on the literary shoulders of Dr. Samuel Johnson, current Lord Mayor, Boris Johnson, has penned a fascinating tour of his city. The cover tells the tale - on the bus that is his narrative, he has embarked key figures from the most significant epoch's in London'd history.

The Mayor's writing style is wonderful - full of insight, double entendre, wry commentary and civic pride. Over the years, I have taken many walking tours of London, and feel as if I know the city reasonably well for an American who has never lived in the UK. Johnson's anecdotes and historical references deepened my hunger to return to London and explore many of the nooks and crannies that still exist where significant events occurred.

One theme that keeps reoccurring is the unique relationship that exists between The City of London - the square mile financial center of the world - and Westminster, the seat of government of London and the UK. As he discusses each period of history, Johnson points out the sometimes synergistic and sometimes antagonistic relationships between the two poles.

If you already know London, this book will deepen your love and understanding. If you are a stranger to London, read the book, and you will yearn to be a stranger no more.
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