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This is London: 03/15/20

This is London

This is London by Miroslav Sasek is the second of the This is... picture book series. It's a snapshot of London of the late 1950s.

It covers all the big, well known parts of the city: the monuments, Piccadilly Circus, the black taxicabs, the Underground, the Horse Guards, and so forth. If you read the more recently released edition (2004), you can read the appendix that includes comments on what has changed over the years.

The biggest change is London's relative size. For much of the city's history it was the largest or in the top five of largest cities in the world. But the truth is, London after more than a millennium has run out of space. Other newer (and "New World") have since pushed London far down the list of largest city.

But as someone who first saw London in just snippets in 2015, I can say that Sasek's London is still there among all the changes over the years.

Five stars

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