Who Killed Kitchener?
The Life and Death of Britain's Most Famous War Minister
The death of Lord Kitchener when the battleship carrying him on a secret mission to Russia struck a German mine stunned a nation at war, and gave rise to various conspiracy theories. Suspicion fell on the IRA, the Boers, and even the British government, who disliked him intensely. Drawing on recently declassified documents, this history separates truth from fiction to reveal what really happened that day in June 1916.
Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader in 2015 surprised, delighted and troubled many in the party. This biography seeks the roots of his ideas in his life and career. It describes his childhood in rural Shropshire, his marriages, and his 40 years as a rebellious backbencher, before covering his leadership campaign and unexpectedly strong showing in the 2017 election.
An Unauthorised Life
Reviled as a terrorist and hailed as a peacemaker, Gerry Adams remains a controversial figure. Drawing on new intelligence and exclusive interviews, this biography follows his journey from street activist to elder statesman with access to prime ministers and presidents.
Can Democracy Work?
A Short History of a Radical Idea from Ancient Athens to Our World
From ancient Greeks to Donald Trump, people have argued about what democracy means. This concise history surveys its many incarnations, as expressed in the French and American revolutions and 19th-century radicalism, and assesses the challenges it faces today.
The 50 Most Thought-Provoking Theories in Politics, Each Explained in Half a Minute
This introduction to political theory surveys the various forms of rule by the few and by the many, including key elements of democracy and different schools of communism, together with concepts in the fields of political economy and international relations.
A People's History
While in office, President Obama received thousands of letters a day from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten of these at bedtime, whether they were apologies, appreciations, thanks or rants, and he often sent handwritten responses. The author of this book has interviewed the letter-writers, members of the White House staff and Obama himself to create a vivid portrait of an empathetic leader and the people he represented.
Fighters and Quitters
Great Political Resignations
Fighters and Quitters charts the scandals, controversies and errors that have obliterated many a political career, from the Profumo affair to the casualties of Brexit. It recounts the faked death of John Stonehouse in the 1970s, Edwina Currie’s undoing by the egg industry, Robin Cook’s resignation over the Iraq War, and the many comebacks of Peter Mandelson.
American Founder, Atlantic Citizen
Nathan R Kozuskanich’s study of Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) places America’s ‘founding father’ within the wider context of the 18th-century Atlantic empire and his years in Britain and France. It also examines his political role and his engagement with topics of perennial concern including the right to bear arms, the legacy of slavery and the nature of American democracy.
The Wilson–Johnson Correspondence
Presenting in full the correspondence between President Lyndon B Johnson and Harold Wilson over the four years between Wilson becoming Prime Minister in 1964 and LBJ leaving the White House in 1969, this volume illuminates the two leaders’ stated hopes of Anglo-American ‘close and friendly cooperation’ and how they were challenged by issues including the Vietnam War, Rhodesia, the Middle East, relations with the USSR and the Monetary crisis.