I have a short review of a new book by the Guardian journalist Andy Beckett in the latest issue of Prospect. “Promised You a Miracle” UK 80-82,” the sequel to “When the Lights Went Out,” Beckett’s magisterial history of the 1970s, is an “anatomy of the years 1980-82 and the first stirrings of what he calls Thatcherism’s ‘revolution in the head’.” One of the strengths of the book, it seems to me, is that Beckett doesn’t write conventional political history: he looks for intimations of the Thatcher revolution in the pop culture of the period as well as its high politics; in architecture and design as well as the arguments among economists that raged with particular intensity in those years—Martin Fry is as important to the story he’s telling as Milton Friedman.
Revolution in the head: Andy Beckett on the early Eighties
Charles Powell / November 8, 2017
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