Ministers at War
Winston Churchill and His War Cabinet
In this study of Winston Churchill and the small group of men – the 'team of rivals' – that he chose to help him guide Britain through the grave crisis it faced in May 1940, Schneer examines Churchill's leadership and the relations between the War Cabinet ministers – among them Eden, Beaverbrook, Bevin, Attlee, Morrison and Stafford Cripps. He also looks beyond the war to the Cabinet's response to public expectations after six years of hardship – domestic issues which demanded a new kind of leadership.
State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
Clinton's defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career; yet six years later, she re-emerged as a formidable stateswoman and the Democrats' presumed frontrunner for presidential nomination. That phoenix-like rise is at the heart of this 2014 study. Based on over 200 interviews with intimates, colleagues, supporters and enemies, it offers a remarkable portrait of the woman who almost became the first female President of the USA.
Last Man Standing
Memoirs of a Political Survivor
As a child in a council flat in Epping, Jack Straw never imagined he would one day hold three great offices of state. In this candid memoir he charts his progress from student politics to Lord Chancellor. Without rancour or self-justification, he reveals the toll that public office takes on private life, discusses the fateful decision to go to war in Iraq, and offers first-hand insight into both the Blair government and the Bush administration. Off-mint.
The Spicer Diaries
An MP from 1974 to 2010, when he was elevated to the House of Lords, Michael Spicer was a distinguished member of Margaret Thatcher's government, serving as minister for aviation, housing, electricity and coal. Honest, witty and perceptive, his diaries chart the intrigues and rivalries of the Thatcher administration, and the dispiriting years in opposition before the rise of David Cameron, while shedding light on the arcane rituals of Parliament with humour and insight.
The House of Commons 1690–1715
Volume I of this set comprises an introductory survey by DW Hayton that goes beyond biography of members to consider the scope and nature of parliamentary business. Volume II contains the constituency surveys; Volumes III–V present detailed accounts of 1,982 MPs.
At Power's Elbow
Aides to the Prime Minister from Robert Walpole to David Cameron
Since the office of Prime Minister first developed in the 18th century, its incumbents have relied on special advisors to guide their policy-making and public relations. These shadowy, unelected figures have often been feared and resented. This history tells their story for the first time, from Robert Walpole's fixers, through Lloyd George's war cabinet to the 'sofa government' of Tony Blair, showing how these essential advisors have provided their chiefs with both solace and strife.
A Political Biography
Reginald Baliol Brett (1852–1930), the second Lord Esher, sat in both Houses of Parliament, was a high ranking civil servant and friend and confidential advisor to three sovereigns and four prime ministers. However large he loomed in late Victorian and Edwardian political life, Esher was an enigma to his contemporaries and remains a puzzle to historians. Fraser's study sheds light on a man whose influence was regarded by many as unconstitutional and sinister.