Johnson's Life of London : The People Who Made the City That Made the World

Johnson's Life of London : The People Who Made the City That Made the World

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London is still the mother ship for Americans, many of whom share the opinion of its tousle-headed, bicycle-riding mayor - that indeed it's the best city in the world. And as the capital takes center of the world stage with the 2012 Olympics, who better than Boris (as he is known) to convey how London became one of the most exciting and influential places on Earth?
Wearing his brilliance and erudition with characteristic wit, Boris narrates the story of his city as a kind of relay race of outsized characters, beginning with the days when "a bunch of pushy Italians" created Londinium. He passes the torch on down through a procession of the famous and infamous, the brilliant and the bizarre - from Hadrian to Shakespeare to Florence Nightingale to the Rolling Stones- illuminating with unforgettable clarity each figure and the era he or she inhabited. He also pauses to shine a light on places and developments that have contributed to the city's incomparable vibrancy, from the flush toilet to the King James Bible. As wildly entertaining as it is informative, this is an irresistible account of the city and people that in large part shaped the world we know.


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Details

Author(s)
Boris Johnson
Format
Hardback | 336 pages
Dimensions
154.94 x 226.06 x 38.1mm | 680.39g
Publication date
31 May 2012
Publisher
Penguin Putnam Inc
Imprint
Riverhead Books,U.S.
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
ISBN10
1594487472
ISBN13
9781594487477
Bestsellers rank
494,207