By Kenneth Roy
His panorama of post-war Scottish life begins with the VE Night celebrations in the spring of 1945 and ends with the coming onstream of North Sea Oil in the autumn of 1975. It was the formative period in the making of modern Scotland, but it is a period little explored in depth and not fully understood until now.
Using a wealth of contemporary accounts, he tells a complex and often disturbing story of a country riven by poverty. struggling for a sense of its own identity and ill-serves by its masters