St George and the Dragons
The Making of English Identity
Michael Collins investigates how a Near Eastern martyr became England’s patron saint and an icon of English culture. He takes a wide-ranging look at the historical figure, along with legends about him, and considers his influence on English history, culture and institutions. Finally, Collins asks what the relevance and role of St George might be in the secular, multicultural England of both today and tomorrow.
The People Behind the Power
Traversing all of Russia – his mother’s home country – from West to East, journalist Gregory Feifer interviews hundreds of people, from oligarchs to beggars. Their stories and opinions reveal a society steeped in the traditions of the past and often out of step with Western thinking. Yet despite authoritarianism, secrecy and corruption, and a leadership often on the verge of collapse, the overall picture is one of vitality and a deep capacity for loyalty. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.