SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS by ASA Briggs
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It is unusual for a historian to play a role in great events himself, but Asa Briggs has both interpreted history to a mass audience and played no small part in the making of it.
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"July 2011 marked the 90th birthday of a remarkable man – Lord Asa Briggs. A Cambridge graduate, Bletchley Park code-breaker, and one of the most eminent and influential historians of our time, his experiences could easily fill several autobiographies. Yet, surprisingly this memoir is the first book that he has ever written about himself.

In it, Briggs delves deep into his own history-from the origins of his highly distinctive name and his early education; through his recruitment into the Intelligence Corps and his wartime experiences as a ‘Hut Six’ cryptographer; to his outstanding contributions as a social and cultural historian. Along the way he sets out to ‘trace those personal relationships which have most shaped (his) life’ – his childhood friends and Cambridge professors; his Bletchley Park coworkers; fellow historians; and of course his closest friends and family.

Brimming with fascinating insights, and full of warmth, intelligence and good humor, this is a exceptional memoir of an exceptional man. "

 

About ASA Briggs

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Asa Briggs, former provost of Worcester College, Oxford, is the author of many works on 19th-century British history.
 
Published October 24, 2012 by Frontline Books. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nigel Jones on Aug 10 2012

It is unusual for a historian to play a role in great events himself, but Asa Briggs has both interpreted history to a mass audience and played no small part in the making of it.

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Reviewed by Nigel Jones on Aug 10 2012

Briggs's study is adorned with his collection of Chinese revolutionary pottery – the fruit of his journeys to the country with the BBC.

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