War and the Death of News
Reflections of a Grade B Reporter
Martin Bell has seen war from both sides, first as a soldier and then as a journalist, reporting from some of the grimmest conflicts of recent decades. In this compelling personal account, he describes his experiences in Vietnam, Bosnia and Northern Ireland, and reflects on the way that journalism has changed. In the face of ‘embedded’ reporting, ‘infotainment’, social media and ‘post-truth’, he issues an impassioned call to put substance back into the news. Slightly off-mint.
The Black Prince of Florence
The Spectacular Life and Treacherous World of Alessandro de' Medici
The illegitimate son of Lorenzo II and a maidservant, Alessandro de’ Medici ruled Florence for six turbulent years until he was assassinated in 1537. This first complete account of his life charts the rise through the intrigue-ridden courts of Renaissance Italy of the model for Machiavelli’s Prince, assesses the qualities of a ruler branded a tyrant by his enemies after his death, and considers the possible ethnic origins of this ‘first European ruler of colour’.
1923–1968: The Idealist
Few US statesman have been as revered and reviled as Henry Kissinger. This first of two volumes charts his escape from Nazi Germany, his combat experience in the Second World War, his early celebrity as a Harvard professor, and his formative visit to Vietnam. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
A Different Kind Of Weather
William Waldegrave was a key figure in Margaret Thatcher’s government. His elegantly written memoir recalls the quintessentially English upbringing that would shape his life and career. With unusual frankness and dark humour, Waldegrave charts the rise and fall of Mrs Thatcher, offering a rare glimpse of the narcotic effect of politics, and a unique insight into one of the most tumultuous eras of modern British history.
Hero of the Empire
The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill
In 1899 the 25-year-old Winston Churchill scaled the fence of a PoW camp in Pretoria to make a perilous 300-mile escape across Southern Africa. This account of his journey to freedom is set within the context of his early years as a war correspondent, soldier and budding politician, and paints an intimate portrait of a young man keen to seek out danger -– he narrowly survived conflicts in Cuba, the Hindu Kush and Sudan – yet assured of his own long-term destiny. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
British India & British Scotland, 1780–1830
Career Building, Empire Building, & a Scottish School of Thought on Indian Governance
Martha McLaren explores the interwoven careers of three Scotsmen, Thomas Munro, John Malcolm and Mountstuart Elphinstone, who grew up during the Enlightenment and worked in India between 1780 and 1830, crucial years for British imperialism.
A Capital History
This wide-ranging and extensively illustrated survey explores every aspect of London’s politics, not only in its position as the capital of the nation, seat of the monarchy and home of Parliament, but in all its diversity. Richard Tames charts the development of the city’s often contentious local government, its long-standing function as a magnet for exiled revolutionaries, and its role as an arena of conflict for strikers, suffragettes, Fenians and fascists.
The Intelligent Woman's Guide
To Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism and Fascism
In 1924, asked by his sister-in-law Mary Cholmondeley for ‘a few of [his] ideas of socialism’, George Bernard Shaw produced this panoramic survey of the competing ideologies of the day. Hailed by the Labour leader Ramsay MacDonald as ‘the most important book that humanity possesses’ after the Bible, it outlines Shaw’s belief that British institutions, from the state to the family, were ‘corrupted at the root by pecuniary interest’, and required not piecemeal reform but radical change.
Mussolini As I Knew Him
Edited, with notes and commentary by Brian R Sullivan, this is the memoir of Margherita Sarfatti, the Jewish woman who was Mussolini’s lover, adviser, benefactor and confidante from 1912 to 1930, and who escaped Italy and the dictator’s anti-Jewish regulations in 1938.
Age of Assassins
A History of Conspiracy and Political Violence 1865–1981
Introduced by a discussion of justifiable killing and the attempts to kill Hitler, this book presents a catalogue of political assassins, from John Wilkes Booth, the man who shot Abraham Lincoln, to the failed attempt on Ronald Reagan’s life in 1981.
Thatcher's Secret War
Subversion, Coercion, Secrecy and Government, 1974–90
Margaret Thatcher remains one of Britain’s most polarizing prime ministers. This provocative investigation sheds new light on the Iron Lady’s war against the ‘enemies within’: striking miners, trades unionists, anti-nuclear protestors, feminists, gay rights campaigners and poll tax protesters. Drawing on countless news reports, studies and personal recollections, it sifts the real conspiracies from the theories that flourished in a paranoid age, to chart the lasting effects of the growth of the secret state on British society.
The Untold Story from Independence to Civil War
Hilde F Johnson, the former UN Special Representative in South Sudan, provides an insider’s account of the years following the country’s declaration of independence in July 2011. From her vantage point in Juba, Johnson witnessed how the seeds of conflict were sown and the rapid escalation of violence into what Desmond Tutu describes in his foreword as ‘an atrocious and senseless civil war’. This in-depth study of the new nation attempts to answer the question: why?
The World According to Xi
Everything You Need to Know About the New China
China is rapidly becoming the most powerful nation on earth, and its leader, Xi Jingping, is enshrined in its constitution – an honour not seen since Chairman Mao. This succinct, accessible primer charts his rise to power and explains his world-view, his plans to eradicate poverty and extend his country’s global reach, his thoughts on China’s Communist legacy – and how far he is prepared to go to defend it.
Sex, Money & Personal Character in Eighteenth-Century British Politics
How and why did the Anglo-American world become so obsessed with the private lives and public character of its political leaders? Marilyn Morris finds answers in 18th-century Britain, when a long tradition of court intrigue and gossip spread into a broader and more public political arena with the growth of political parties, extra-parliamentary political activities and a partisan print culture. Her study highlights the contradictions, self-deceptions and inconsistencies inherent in personalized politics.
Monarchy, Religion and the State
Civil Religion in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and the Commonwealth
Norman Bonney examines the centuries-old religious rituals and beliefs of the British monarchy and argues that, despite growing secularization, religious and particularly Christian influences continue to underpin the constitutional arrangements of the UK.
The Black Door
Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers
‘The use of secret intelligence is one of the dark arts of statecraft’: this study traces how British Prime Ministers have used the intelligence agencies since 1909. From Herbert Asquith to David Cameron, the book examines each premier’s personal approach to MI5 and MI6 and the national security issues that confronted their administrations, whether Asquith’s response to the ‘German menace’, Churchill’s mastery of ‘this queer and deadly game’ during the Second World War or Tony Blair’s missing Weapons of Mass Destruction.
This handsome collection of work by the veteran Political Cartoonist of The Times reproduces more than 100 savagely satirical sketches covering tumultuous events from autumn 2013 to the aftermath of the 2015 General Election, and includes the rise of Nigel Farage and Nicola Sturgeon; the fall of Ed Miliband (drawn to resemble the eccentric inventor Wallace from Wallace and Gromit); crises in Greece, Syria and the NHS; and a heartfelt response to the Charlie Hebdo attack.
'Good and Proper Men'
Lord Palmerston and the Bench of Bishops
Prior to Palmerston becoming Prime Minister in 1855, there were few bishops and they were rarely seen in their dioceses – most were occupied in London attending to business or Parliament. This changed significantly during Palmerston's ten years in office, during which he appointed 19 bishops who had both academic distinction and parochial experience. Nigel Scotland examines their wide-ranging reforms and innovations, including building churches and schools, promoting education and missions and raising standards among the clergy.
A Higher World
In this new history of Scotland, from the 'dismaying aftermath of the Union in 1707' to the 'comradeship-in-arms' of Scots and the English in the wars following the French Revolution, Fry departs from the usual socio-economic approach. In five sections he examines economy, society and the 'margins' (of poverty, women and Gaeldom), but pays equal attention to political and cultural history, arguing that these show us why Scotland's integration into Britain was never complete.
The Social Contract
Or Principles of Political Right
One of the most profoundly influential works in the history of political theory, Rousseau's Social Contract (1762) advocated equality and popular sovereignity in which the 'general will' directs the energies of the state for the common good. It provided the great rallying cry of reform and revolution: 'Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains'. This edition presents the 1954 translation by Willmoore Kendall, with a new introduction by Roger Scruton.
This collection of speeches by the former PM traces the development of his thinking on a range of critical issues such as the environment, international development, child poverty, social justice and the economy. Each is introduced by a public figure associated with the topic, including Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan, JK Rowling and Trevor Phillips. Lucid and eloquent, they make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the way ideas developed in opposition are shaped by the practical experience of government.
The Best of Benn
Tony Benn (1925–2014) was not only a prominent, charismatic and principled politician, but also the pre-eminent diarist of his generation. This volume brings together a selection of his journalism, speeches and diary entries to highlight key moments in his career and to illustrate the range of issues on which he campaigned, such as workers' rights and the abolition of the death penalty, as well as his interest in the connections between Christianity and socialism.
The Struggle for Democracy
Parliamentary Reform, From Rotten Boroughs to Today
Before the 1832 Great Reform Act, MPs were elected by a minority of the male population, who were often bribed by candidates and whose eligibility for voting varied between boroughs. Notoriously, just one man controlled the election of both MPs for Old Sarum. Mason explains how this situation arose, then charts the progress of successive efforts to make the system fairer, such as the introduction of the secret ballot and the extension of voting rights to all women in 1928.
A War of Choice
The British in Iraq 2003–9
Plans to establish an effective government in Iraq in place of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship quickly proved ill-judged as the country descended into factional violence and the British were forced into an ignominious withdrawal. In this analysis of the complex events Jack Fairweather, former Baghdad bureau chief for the Daily Telegraph and an embedded journalist during the invasion, gives a comprehensive account of the political and military manoeuvres of the disastrous British interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Blunders of Our Governments
Over recent decades, British governments of all parties have committed spectacular errors of judgement: the Poll Tax, the Millennium Dome, Blair's failed IT project for the NHS, the Assets Recovery Agency that cost more to run than it ever clawed back from organized crime... The list is ever growing. Informed by years of research and interviews with cabinet ministers and senior civil servants, this savvy, ironic and razor-sharp book explains why politicians are so prone to bungling at our expense.
Struggles and Feminism in Britain c.1770-1970
Part of the Documents in Modern History series, this volume traces the progress of women's rights through a collection of documents organized by seven themes: the law, marriage and motherhood, education, work, politics, health and sexuality. No jacket.
Dublin Castle and the First Home Rule Crisis: The Political
Journal of Sir George Fottrell, 1884-1887
Presenting information supplied by administrators to politicians including George Fottrell, earls Spencer and Carnarvon, Sir Robert Hamilton and Gladstone, this collection of documents gives a 'worm's-eye-view' of Irish affairs. Camden Fifth Series. Vol.33