Six Minutes in May
How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister
Britain’s first land operation of the Second World War, the invasion of Norway in April 1940, was a disaster. Just weeks later, Winston Churchill, the man blamed for the debacle, became Prime Minister. Ranging from the Arctic battlefields to the corridors of Westminster, this history charts the dramatic events and secret intrigues that would see Churchill oust Neville Chamberlain as Prime Minister and defeat his favoured successor, Lord Halifax, to lead Britain through the greatest challenge it had ever faced.
The French Exception
Emmanuel Macron: The Extraordinary Rise and Risk
How did France’s youngest-ever president assemble the network, team and finances to sweep to electoral victory in just twelve months? Based on previously unpublished interviews with Emmanuel Macron’s friends, mentors, opponents, and key members of his team, this first-ever biography in English charts his meteoric rise. It outlines his political vision, examines his support-base, analyses his strengths and weaknesses, and asks what his presidency means for Britain and the EU.
All the Kremlin's Men
Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin
Drawing on hundreds of interviews with Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, the Russian journalist Mikhail Zygar presents a portrait of Putin, the ‘man who accidentally became king’ and the machinations of his court. Described as ‘a milestone’ by the Financial Times, the book covers the years 1999 to 2015, revealing the inner workings of the Kremlin and the power struggles of oligarchs and officials as it traces Putin’s metamorphosis from ‘Vlad the Lionheart’ to ‘Vlad the Terrible’.
Adolf Hitler is probably the most reviled person in history, and the myth has all but obscured the man. Drawing on hitherto unseen documents and fresh research, this biography recounts his journey from childhood, through his early failures in Vienna and service in the First World War, to ultimate power. With acute psychological insight, Ullrich analyses Hitler’s insecurities, his beliefs, and the political instinct that enabled him to captivate a German public humiliated by wartime defeat and economic depression. American-cut pages.
The Mantle of Command
FDR At War 1941–1942
The first part of a trilogy, this reappraisal of Franklin D Roosevelt’s role as US Commander in Chief during the Second World War begins with his meeting with Churchill in Placentia Bay on 9 August 1941, and ends with the landing of US troops in North Africa in late 1942. In between are 14 military and political challenges, including an attempted ‘mutiny’ by US officials (which Roosevelt overcame) demonstrating not only his moral leadership, but also his talent for military strategy.
An Illustrated Biography
Bapu, ‘father of the nation’, the Mahatma: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869–1948) was relentless in his pursuit of equality, justice and India’s independence, leading non-violent protest from the 1930 Salt March that challenged a British monopoly, to 1948 and his final fast to improve Muslim and Hindu relations after Partition. Using contemporary accounts and 275 illustrations, Kapoor’s biography examines the contradictions of Gandhi’s character as well as his unparalleled achievements.
In 1946, a young Navy lieutenant returned from war in the Pacific to set his sights on Congress. Within four years of that first win, he was a senator; within six, vice president. This biography charts the transformation of the idealistic young dreamer into the only US president to leave office in disgrace. Meticulously researched and scrupulously balanced, the book sets Nixon’s achievements – healthcare, civil rights, environmental reforms and détente with China – against the sinister legacy of McCarthyism and Watergate.
No Room for Small Dreams
Courage, Imagination, and the Making of Modern Israel
One of the founders of modern Israel, Shimon Peres served his country as prime minister, president and foreign minister. He is best remembered, however, for his unswerving commitment to peace. In this final book, completed shortly before his death in 2016, he reflects on 70 years in politics, the turning points in Israeli history, the qualities required for leadership, and the hard choices that face his nation in the quest for peace.
The Curious and Macabre Anecdotes
On 24 February 1933, Hitler’s ‘clairvoyant’ advisor, Eric Hanussen, held a séance in which he predicted that a large Berlin building would be burnt to the ground. Three days later the Reichstag was set on fire. Drawn from a wide range of sources, this collection of over 300 short anecdotes about the German dictator depicts the man, his shortcomings and his eccentricities in a strange and often lurid light.
Great crowds attended public services and ceremonies following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on 15 April 1865; this study explores personal as opposed to public responses to the president’s death. Using letters, diaries and other contemporary records of people’s reactions and sentiments rather than memoirs written with hindsight, the book gives a human dimension to this crucial event in American history.
Statesman or Scoundrel
Although best-known for his leadership during the First World War, David Lloyd George (1863–1945) made an enormous contribution to domestic politics both before and after the war, introducing pensions and national insurance during his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer, giving women the vote, and signing the Anglo-Irish Treaty. This biography and critical assessment of Lloyd George offers a new perspective on one of the most phenomenally talented – but also flawed – British prime ministers.
Churchill's Cold War
How the Iron Curtain Speech Shaped the Post War World
On VE Day, 8 May 1945, Winston Churchill was the victorious leader who had led Britain through five years of war. By VJ Day in August, he had been ejected from office and his great ally Franklin Roosevelt was dead. This absorbing history provides a month-by-month account of how Churchill, increasingly fearful of Stalin’s ambitions in Europe, became a voice in the wilderness once again, warning of the danger of Communism as he had warned against Nazism in the 1930s.
The Making of a Myth
Few US presidents have been elected with such hopes, to be confronted with such harsh realities in office, as Barack Obama. Drawing on unpublished letters and diaries, Pulitzer prizewinner David Maraniss charts Obama's journey from his childhood in Hawaii as the son of a Kenyan father and a Texan mother, via Chicago, to Harvard. Authoritative, rounded and sympathetic, this groundbreaking biography demonstrates how a young man's quest for his identity as an African-American shaped his vision for the United States.
A Political Life
Memorably described by the Telegraph as the most dangerous woman in politics, Scotland's First Minister might yet see her country leave the United Kingdom. But how has she risen to a position of such enormous influence? David Torrance explores her life and career and the impact of 'Nicola-mania' in a revised edition of his biography, which has been updated to include the repercussions of the vote to leave the European Union.
Dr Lachlan Grant of Ballachulish
General practitioner, researcher and activist Lachlan Grant influenced debate about social reform in rural Scotland in the early 20th century. The two parts of this book comprise a collection of essays examining a broad range of his interests, from the provision of healthcare in the Highlands and Islands to land reform and economic development, and a selection of his journalism, speeches and correspondence, including his evidence to the Dewar Committee in 1912.
The Wars Against Saddam
Taking the Hard Road to Baghdad
John Simpson spent over two decades reporting from Saddam Hussein's Iraq. This is his compelling account of his experiences. He examines the period leading up to the 1991 Gulf War, the increasing tyranny of the regime in the years that followed, and the controversial question of the country's weapons programme. He offers his frank assessment of George Bush and Tony Blair's decision to go to war in 2003, and traces its chaotic aftermath up to the capture of Saddam.
You Can't Say That
One of the most charismatic and outspoken politicians of the past 50 years, Ken Livingstone has never fought shy of controversy. In this frank and engaging memoir, he recalls his tough South London childhood, his formative political experiences, the demise of the GLC, and his comeback as Mayor of London. It offers an eye-opening insight into his battles with Thatcher and Blair, the committee-room intrigues of civic politics, and the seismic shift in social attitudes in recent decades.Slightly off-mint.
My Life in Politics
Twice President of France, Jacques Chirac was one of the most influential European politicians of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In this frank and often witty memoir, he looks back over his rise to power and the challenges of office in the midst of momentous world events. Outspokenly critical of Israel's policy towards the Palestinians and George W Bush's invasion of Iraq, he offers a fascinating glimpse of the forces that shaped the world we live in today. American-cut pages and felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
The Irresistible Rise of a Political Celebrity
'We may feel we know the public Boris, but so much about this multi- layered character is not quite as it seems.' From the vantage point of a once close colleague, investigative journalist Sonia Purnell charts the remarkable rise of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson – just 'Boris' to most of us – and offers the first forensic account of just how he did it.
Portrait of an Extraordinary Man
For nearly three years, Time magazine editor Richard Stengel travelled with the late Nelson Mandela, working closely with him on his autobiography. In this inspirational book he distils many hours of conversation into 15 life lessons. Mandela's insights on love, leadership, courage, seeing the good in others and knowing when to quit challenge us to look within ourselves and contemplate the legacy we will leave behind.
Ed: The Milibands
and the Making of a Labour Leader
What makes a man put political ambition before family? Ed Miliband shocked observers when he defeated his brother David in the contest to lead the Labour Party. This insightful, scrupulously researched biography sheds fascinating new light on the upbringing and political career of the former Labour leader who, at the time of writing, looked set to mount an effective challenge against the Conservatives.
Lives of Victorian Political Figures II
These volumes use carefully selected extracts, reprinted in facsimile from contemporary sources, to examine four prominent Irish leaders - Daniel O'Connell, Parnell, Michael Davitt and James Bronterre O'Brien - both in Irish context and in the wider framework of UK politics. No jackets.
The Double Life of Fidel Castro
The Hidden World of Cuba's Greatest Leader
Fidel Castro (1926-2016) was a towering figure, the leader of Cuba's revolution and one of the world's last Communist strongmen; but his fiercely defended privacy meant that biographers could barely scratch the surface of his personal life. Here Juan Sanchez, once Castro’s bodyguard, but later persecuted by the regime, shares his intimate knowledge of this 'man of the people' who amassed vast personal wealth (partly through government-sanctioned drug-running) and enjoyed a lavish lifestyle including a luxury yacht and secret island marina.
The Prime Ministers Who Never Were
Politics is full of might-have-beens. What would have happened if Clynes had become Labour's first Prime Minister instead of MacDonald? If Halifax, rather than Churchill, had led Britain in the dark days of the war? If Hugh Gaitskell and John Smith had not been cut down by early death? In these essays, leading political commentators speculate about the course history might have taken but for a twist of fate.
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.