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The Manchester Compendium: A Street-by-Street History of England's Greatest Industrial City

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The Manchester Compendium: A Street-by-Street History of England's Greatest Industrial City

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    Available in PDF Format | The Manchester Compendium: A Street-by-Street History of England's Greatest Industrial City.pdf | English
    Ed Glinert(Author)
In the same format as the successful London Compendium, the Manchester Compendiumrelates the remarkable and diverse history of England's second city.Manchester's town hall and its Royal Exchange epitomise the city's architectural grandeur and its industrial heritage., Peterloo and Engel's treatise on the conditions of the working classes its political history and the Manchester Guardian and Factory Records its cultural and social history.From Thomas de Quincey to Alan Touring, Neville Cardus to Morrissey - all are part of the city's rich and fascinating past.Covering every area of human activity and incorporating all the great events and key moments in the city's history this will be a fresh and unique perspective on a great city.

Quotes for Ed Glinert's previous booksHe reveals the secrets of the streets and the magic and mischief of the city (What's On In London )not jsut a book for Londoners but anyone with an interest in the capital's history (Sunday Telegraph, Books of the Year )A breathtaking cavalcade of facats, figures and faces ... Buy a copy, don a stout pair of walkign shoes... and explore (East End Life )

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Ed Glinert(Author)
  • Allen Lane (24 April 2008)
  • English
  • 9
  • History

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  • By Finoula on 28 April 2013

    I bought this as a gift for my dad who was born in Salford 70+ years ago and Manchester was always his stomping ground. He LOVED it. It was great for him to find out all about buildings and streets that he's walked past or along for many years and never really given much thought to. He definitely recommends it to people interested in the city. If it is indeed true that Manchester City fans (many of whom appear unable to spell very simple words)have some ridiculous vendetta against this book then Amazon should do something about it.

  • By collygirl on 13 January 2013

    It seems I was a little late in coming to this book. I lap up anything connected with the city of Manchester as I grew up close to the city centre in the 50s and 60s. This book kept me interested all through the recent Christmas holidays and as someone else said in a review it was only the lack of a few maps or diagrams that it didn't get 5 stars.I think it's hilarious that all those 1 star reviews were written at approx. the same time to discredit the author and this book. I personally never even looked at the reviews at the time I decided I wanted it as a present. As if anyone would take what these people said seriously , most of those reviews looked as if they were regurgitating what others has said just because of some implied slight over ,of all things, football. Oh please , credit the great reading public with a little intelligence in future ,all you 1 star reviewers!I found all the information very easy to read and loved the street by street aspect. I just had one of my Godfrey maps with me whilst reading which helped put everything in place. I was totally absorbed and would recommend the book.

  • By B. Evans on 22 April 2010

    For anyone who has a tourist, historical or just a celebratory interest in this amazing city this is essential. It is informative both for the sofa enthusiast for the city and for a passionate walker who wishes to test out all the information that is provided. The book blends curiosity and trivia with real scholarship. While it is a celebration of the city it also looks at the dark side and the sometimes grim history and, despite the real efforts of the regeneration agencies, the continuning sharp inequalities experienced by Mancunians today.

  • By kh1234567890 on 20 September 2014

    A very personal and at times selective, not always accurate, somewhat chaotic in layout but informative and eminently readable.If you've just arrived in this metropolis of the North West and are wondering where you'd ended up, then grab this book. It is a collection of historical anecdotes, some true, others less so, covering all that you should know about Mancunia. From Romans to Tony Wilson, from the Plaza to Marx and Engels, it is all there, organised not by time but by place.Grab this book, read it, put it in your pocket and walk the streets of Manchester with it as your private little guide friend. It might help you understand what Manchester is all about, because as with all great cities it is not just the buildings that make it but also the stories and lives attached to them.

  • By fairsnotfair on 25 September 2010

    ninety plus percent of the one star reviews were written on the same day, many use the same language, all the reviewers have only reviewed this book apart from one who also reviewed a book about Man City FC( I rest my case), many mention the author is a Londoner and other biased comments where they think he is a Man U fan, he is not, shame on Amazon for not clearly seeing this is an orchestrated campaign by Man City fans who did not like some of the authors comments about their team.

  • By Sir Norbert Stiles on 27 January 2011

    Firstly, a confession, as the nom de plume indicates I am a United fan, and so may be accused of being as biased as the 1 star brigade below. Which, as "The Genealogist" has pointed out, are part of a concerted campaign by a Manchester City FC website. The cause apparently being a couple of mild digs in their direction by Ed Glinert.For those not familiar with Manchester football politics, a brief (and not entirely objective) résumé may assist. For large periods of the twentieth century United and City competed quite equally, all this changed in the 1990s when City sunk to the third tier of English football and United won just about everything. Added to this, United had gained worldwide prominence as a result of its survival from the 1958 Munich air disaster (when a young and highly promising team was lost on its pioneering challenge for European glory, but whose successors went on to achieve this goal 10 years later). The result was that United's support had spread worldwide. To assuage their pain City fans invented a (quite clever and certainly effective) myth that all Mancunians supported City. This gained credence throughout the country, particularly as other football fans in far away places like Surrey were irked by neighbours cheering on United trophies in their locals. This was all quite fine, until (like the Scousers before them) the City fans began to believe their own myth, and a troglodyte Mancunian tendency was born (viz "Liam Gallagher"): narrowly inward-looking, and so an effective denial of this once world-shaking and cosmopolitan city. This means that any reference to Manchester that doesn't blow smoke up their collective rear ends is howled down as heresy. Mr Glinert has fallen foul of this. Hence, the group references to him not being a Mancunian, as: Only A True Mancunian Can Of Manchester Write.But to the book itself. I have found it to be excellent, full of interesting anecdotes, arranged, as the title suggests, on a street by street basis. True it lacks maps. As a native Mancunian (see I'm at it now) I didn't find this to be a problem, but a visitor would need to buy a separate guide (and as the book also doesn't do the tourist information bit re best hotels , bars, restaurants etc. most already would?). But as someone who has worked all his life in and around the city centre (there I go again) I have still found much to inform and delight me. This is well worth the money and I would heartily recommend it to anyone with an inquiring mind and an interest in Manchester.To return to the negative reviews, and echoing 'The Genealogist', it is a shame that Amazon facilitates a concerted campaign to effectively, and unmeritedly, damage some-one's livelihood. I had seen this book before on Amazon but (I'm ashamed to say) didn't investigate further given it's woefully low star-rating. It was only when I began to read it, having been given it as a present, that I went back to see how such an excellent product could be rated so badly. A lesson to me, certainly. As a son of this liberal city I'm naturally inclined against censorship, but it can't be right that such lying comments can be made and left with impunity. How many of these people have so much as opened this book, though most claim to have purchased it. They pose as innocent reviewers yet I can find only one of them to have reviewed another book (The Big Book Of City no less). They all claim that the book is littered with factual errors, and also plagiarised; but offer no proof (isn't this slander?). The only one to attempt examples is "P. Butcher" (a cockney Eastender, surely!) , who writes:"Amongst the errors are: page 38 the MCFC auction was predominantly performed at Hyde Rd not the Queen's Hotel.page 48 - the 'unusual' sight of City winning the FA Cup (at that point in history City had won the FA Cup more times than Utd!)page 65 - he talks of Utd's 1909 homecoming as if it was the greatest sporting homecoming the city had ever seen - that actually happened 5 years earlier with City!page 137 - all about City is skewed towards negativity with some of Manchester's biggest triumphs ignored or ridiculed.page 139 are wholly insulting about Swift and Munich."All of these complaints are subjective and cannot, therefore, be classed as factual errors. Even the first doesn't deny the auction at the Queen's Hotel (which I have seen well attested to elsewhere), but merely asserts that it "was predominantly performed at Hyde Rd not the Queen's Hotel".In short, although written by an "alien" this book is better representative of Manchester than are its parochial detractors.

  • By P. Callaghan on 28 November 2013

    Great book, if you like this kind of reading then this is the book for you! Good story as well, as a great author!

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