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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By (author) Boris Johnson

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The exhilarating story of how London came to be one of the most exciting and influential places on earth--from the city's colorful, witty, and well-known mayor. Once a swampland that the Romans could hardly be bothered to conquer, over the centuries London became an incomparably vibrant metropolis that has produced a steady stream of ingenious, original, and outsized figures who have shaped the world we know. Boris Johnson, the internationally beloved mayor of London, is the best possible guide to these colorful characters and the history in which they played such lively roles. Erudite and entertaining, he narrates the story of London as a kind of relay race. Beginning with the days when "a bunch of pushy Italian immigrants" created Londinium, he passes the torch on down through the famous and the infamous, the brilliant and the bizarre--from Hadrian to Samuel Johnson to Winston Churchill to the Rolling Stones--illuminating with unforgettable clarity the era each inhabited. He also pauses to shine a light on innovations that have contributed to the city's incomparable vibrancy, from the King James Bible to the flush toilet. 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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Boris Johnson is the very popular and internationally known Mayor of London. Educated at Oxford, he began his career as a journalist, writing for the "Times" and the "Telegraph" (for whom he still contributes a regular column), and working his way up to editor of the" Spectator." He is the author of "Johnson's Life of London "(Riverhead, 2012) and "The Churchill Factor" (Riverhead, 2014). He was elected to the House of Commons in 2001 and served there until he was elected Mayor in 2008. Johnson is a regular on British television and radio. He lives in London with his wife and four children.

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UK Praise for "Johnson's Life of London " "[Johnson] exudes excitement and wonder about the city he grew up in and which he now leads. He loves London in all its frantic, grubby, creative glory, and wants to make us feel that way too. ... Revealing anecdotes go far beyond familiar guidebook tales [and] Johnson's unerring eye for detail catches your attention but also moves his story on." --"The Daily Mail" "Here's Boris, pedaling madly through the history of the capital. .... Through portraits of its famous residents ... Johnson gives us his very own London, and we can't but be glad that he did." -"The Times" "The stories of both the subjects and the city are brilliantly told [and show] an eye for detail that would do Savile Row proud. ... Resist[s] easy caricature to paint complex pictures of flawed humans. -"The Spectator "