David Kynaston's ground-breaking history of the City of London, published in four volumes between 1994 and 2001, is a modern classic. Skilfully edited into a single volume by David Milner, it tells a story as dramatic as any novel, while explaining the mysteries of the financial world in a way that we can all understand.
David Kynaston was born in Aldershot in 1951. After graduating from New College Oxford, he studied at the London School of Economics. A professional historian, in addition to the four-volume The City of London, his works include King Labour- A History of the British Working Class, 1850-1914, histories of the Financial Times and the stockbrokers Cazenove & co., and the first two volumes in a planned history of Britain between 1945 and 1979, Austerity Britain, 1945-51 and Family Britain, 1951-57. David Milner, editor of this volume, was born in 1971. After postgraduate work at university he became an editor for Secker & Warburg at Random House. He now works as a freelance editor for leading publishers, and lives in the Cotswolds with his wife and two children.
"The story is never dry, for Kynaston tells it as human drama... This is economic history at its most glittering." -- Simon Jenkins The Times "A work of breathtaking scope and accomplishment" -- D.J. Taylor Independent "Magisterial... Kynaston is compulsively readable on all the great City scandals." -- William Keegan Observer "No one knows more secrets about the City of London than David Kynaston... about what goes on behind the copper-plate facades of old City firms, or in the boardrooms of the gleaming glasshouses. Kynaston is the historian of the City." -- Peter Oborne Sunday Express "Everyone should read David Kynaston's riveting history of the City: a subject too important to be left to the bankers." -- John Lanchester, author of Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No one Can Pay