BBC Radio 4 Today
A History of Our World through 60 Years of Conversations and Controversies
Reporting from the Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham Common in 1983, or Tiananmen Square in 1989, interviewing strike leaders during the 1979 Winter of Discontent or discussing artificial intelligence with a professor of robotics ... Since it first went on air in October 1957, BBC Radio 4's Today has covered major developments in revolution and protest, politics, war, culture, social change, and science and technology. This volume presents Today discussions of 60 topics, introduced by the presenters.
The Secret Struggle for the Middle East
Tracing the long-running policies of Western nations and their manipulations of leaders and groups in the Arab and Islamic world, this study explores how they have contributed to the failure of the Arab Spring, the emergence of Islamic State and conflicts across the Middle East.
No Turning Back
Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria
This year-by-year account tracks the Syrian civil war from the first peaceful protests in Damascus in 2011 to 2016. Based on interviews with civilians, Free Syrian Army fighters and Islamist militias, it offers a human account of the devastation inflicted by the conflict, the ideological and religious passions involved, and the secret deals that armed and then betrayed the uprising.
A Modern History: 1945–2015
Starting with the growing nationalist demands for independence that followed the Second World War, Guy Arnold’s magisterial history describes the momentous changes that transformed Africa from a collection of European colonies to fifty independent nations. After an introduction to the post-war continent, the book examines how the hopes of the 1960s were followed by the realities of foreign interference, internal tyrannies and corruption. This 2017 edition ends with the growing influence of China, the Arab Spring and the refugee crisis.
The New Tsar
The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin
In this account of Vladimir Putin’s rise from obscurity to power, the former New York Times Moscow bureau chief explains how the Russian leader established his popularity by restoring order after the chaos of the 1990s and advancing his country’s interests on the international stage, before cementing his authoritarian rule and suppressing dissent.
The Illustrated History of Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal House of Windsor
With personal access to world leaders over a period of nearly 70 years, the Queen has witnessed profound political changes as well as experiencing crises in her own family, such as the assassination of Louis Mountbatten and the death of Princess Diana. With historical notes and profiles of leading figures, this photographic biography explores the pageantry and the intrigues of the House of Windsor from the abdication crisis to the Diamond Jubilee.
The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu
The Quest for this Storied City and the Race to Save its Treasures
When the political chaos of 2012 allowed jihadists to surge across Mali, librarians and archivists secretly worked to hide thousands of Timbuktu’s precious ancient manuscripts. This book combines first-hand reporting of those modern events with the story of Timbuktu’s past as a medieval centre of learning and as the mysterious city that inspired decades of dangerous expeditions by Westerners in search of its fabled wealth. Slightly off-mint.
The True Story of Life Behind the Counter
In the 1960s over a million women worked in shops, nearly a fifth of the female workforce. The number had grown steadily from the early 19th century as industrialization had drawn people to the cities and created a demand for, and supply of, consumer goods. Originally published to accompany the BBC TV series, this book explores the life of the shopgirl from the strict propriety of Victorian department stores to the boutiques of the 1960s.
The Colonel Who Would Not Repent
The Bangladesh War and Its Unquiet Legacy
Muslim and Bengali-speaking Bangladesh was once East Pakistan, created when India achieved independence in 1947. The country gained its own independence from Pakistan in 1971 after a war in which many hundreds of thousands died. More conflict was to follow, exacerbated by natural disaster, famine and corruption. Salil Tripathi, an Indian journalist and Bengali-speaker, presents the first in-depth account of Bangladesh’s struggle for independence and the troubled aftermath.
A Rage for Order
The Middle East in Turmoil, From Tahrir Square to Isis
New York Times correspondent Robert F Worth gives his analysis of the contemporary Middle East in this investigation of how the optimism of the Arab Spring of 2011 disintegrated into civil wars, brutal repressions and the rise of Islamic State. Illuminating the conflicts and contradictions through people caught between loyalties to family, sect, country or religion, the narrative focuses on Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Tunisia.
From Pre-Raphaelites to Punk
Beginning with the 19th century, this anecdotal history explores the less conventional aspects of London society. Recalling incidents in the lives of some of the city’s most Bohemian inhabitants, including Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, the Bloomsburyites and Dylan Thomas, it reveals their eccentricities and discusses the places they frequented: the Café Royal, the Colony Room and the Gargoyle Club.