Jack Webster's Aberdeen

Jack Webster's Aberdeen

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Aberdeen has had its fair share of attention from historians down the centuries. But in this fresh look at the story, Jack Webster condenses the knowledge and wisdom of past research and focuses on the later history. He observes the city's dramatic transformation in the twentieth century, when it went from an economy based on farming, fishing, textiles and granite to an industry which outshone them all. Who could have guessed that the Granite City would take on an international reputation as the oil capital of Western Europe? The events that unfolded from the 1960s were to transform the prosperity of Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland on an unprecedented scale. Jobs, housing, hotels and restaurants sprang up everywhere, and the standard of living was raised to a level unthinkable to a previous generation.

Jack Webster grew up in the Aberdeenshire village of Maud, and attended Robert Gordon's college in Aberdeen. He then worked for various Aberdeen newspapers including the Aberdeen Press and Journal, and the Evening Express, and national papers the Daily Express and The Herald. He has been honoured with several awards: The Bank of Scotland Columnist of the Year, 1996, UK Speaker of the Year, 1996 and has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Aberdeen, 2000. He has written extensively on Scottish history.

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