Politics, Philosophy, Economics
Prime Ministerial Anecdotes
Roger Mason’s concise survey of Britain’s prime ministers gives a brief biography of each of their careers, followed by anecdotes and details that reveal their human side, such as Margaret Thatcher’s childhood nickname and examples of Clement Attlee’s talent for writing light verse. Illustrated with photographs or portraits, and the occasional satirical cartoon, each chapter covers one of the 54 PMs, from Sir Robert Walpole to Theresa May.
No Tradesmen and No Women
The Origins of the British Civil Service
Drawing on extensive research and 40 years’ experience as a civil servant, Michael Coolican describes how the machinery of government has developed since the time of Thomas Cromwell. His forthright account assesses the successes and failures of Whitehall departments in implementing government policy, and explains how Victorian reforms created an elitist culture of nepotism. He argues that the resulting poor leadership, distrust of modern management practices and preference for generalists over experts affect the service to this day.
1923–1968: The Idealist
Few US statesmen 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 lower trimmed edge.
Tommy Sheridan: From Hero to Zero?
A Political Biography
Tommy Sheridan was the best-known socialist politician in post-war Scotland, leading his Scottish Socialist Party to an historic breakthrough in the 2003 elections. Handsome, articulate and charismatic, he was hailed as a voice for the voiceless and a fearless challenger of the establishment. Then, convicted of perjury, he lost it all. This well-researched biography charts his rise and fall, and reveals the tragic flaws that brought about his downfall.
The Lockerbie Bombing
The Search for Justice
In 2009 Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only person convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103, was released from prison. Written by the Justice Secretary who freed him, this account of the Lockerbie investigation describes the collection of evidence and the diplomatic intrigue that led to a Scottish court being convened in the Netherlands. MacAskill then explains his controversial decision and offers a reconstruction of the course of events leading up to the attack.
The Strangest, Least Successful and Most Audacious Financial Follies, Plans and Crazes of All Time
This light-hearted look at the financial ideas and policies of economists and politicians down the ages outlines the theories of thinkers and leaders such as Adam Smith, Karl Marx and Margaret Thatcher. Describing various ill-conceived schemes and disasters such as Hugo Chávez’s management of Venezuela, the author is on the side of the free market in his lampooning of economic experts and ideological politicians.
In the Shadow of Power
Influence and Spin Down the Centuries
Exploring the role of the éminence grise and the exercise of influence, Bob Whittington describes the careers and, in many cases, the demise, of 24 ‘fixers’, favourites or advisers, from Alexander the Great’s general, Parmenion (c.400–330 BCE), to Peter Mandelson, the ‘Prince of Darkness’ of Tony Blair’s premiership, and Fr Georg Gänswein, the close companion of Pope Benedict XVI.
In Thrall to Political Change
Police and Gendarmerie in France
Malcolm Anderson provides a history of policing in France from the establishment of a democratic Republican regime in 1870 to the present day, covering dramatic developments including anarchist subversion, violent demonstrations, strikes and colonial conflicts.
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.
What is humanism, and what insights can be gleaned from the different contemporary varieties of this philosophy? Mark Vernon - philosopher, agnostic and former Anglican priest - introduces the history of humanistic thought, from its origins in ancient Greek philosophy, through its emergence as a movement during the Renaissance, to ten 'pressing issues', such as climate change, blasphemy and identity politics, which humanists must face in our own time.
Robert Grosseteste: Hexaëmeron
Robert Grosseteste's influential Hexaëmeron is a study of the creation story found in the opening chapters of Genesis, which he interpreted not only through the contemporary scientific ideas of the 1230s but also in the light of ancient philosophical thought which was being re-introduced into western Europe. This critical edition presents the full Latin text, based on all the available manuscripts, one of which contains Grosseteste's own annotations and corrections.
Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms
In this illustrated study, the authors explore the evolving relationship between courts and democracy through the iconography of Justice, in both the figure of a blindfolded woman holding scales and a sword and the architecture of courthouses, from antiquity to the present. The book discusses how democracy has changed processes of adjudication; the emergence of rights to equal justice; and how the move from public to private arbitration and mediation poses a problem for democracies.
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.
The Tail Wags the Dog
International Politics and the Middle East
Western commentators usually attribute the turmoil in the Middle East to interference by global powers such as Britain, France, Russia and the USA. This provocative study aims to overturn that view, arguing that it is the culmination of long-existing trends in the region, from the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire to the rise of Isil, and that only when Middle Eastern people take responsibility for their actions, and the West drops its condescending approach, can the region look forward to a real Arab Spring.
John Henry Williams (1747-1829) 'Political Clergyman'
War, the French Revolution, and the Church of England
Colin Haydon presents an in-depth study of John Henry Williams, the vicar of Wellesbourne in Warwickshire, who engaged fervently in provincial and national debate, denounced the war with revolutionary France and campaigned for peace.
Hepple and Matthews' Tort Law
Cases and Materials (Seventh Edition)
This seventh edition of the classic casebook on tort law retains the features that have made it such a popular and respected text. Taking a broadly contextual approach, it addresses all the main topics in tort law and provides extensive commentary, questions and notes supplementing the selection of cases and statutes which form the core of the book.
The Advancement of Learning (1640)
The nine books of Francis Bacon's famous review of the state of knowledge begin by extolling the dignity of learning and go on to cover topics from natural philosophy to theology. This book is from the Archival Facsimile series of reprints of first or important editions in the British Library - in this case, the facsimile is of the copy owned by Charles I. Although published in 1987, this is a new book. No jacket.
Evolving English Wordbank
A Glossary of Present-Day English Dialect and Slang
Jonathan Robinson curates the British Museum's archive of sound recordings illustrating British accents and dialects. He has compiled this quirky yet fascinating glossary by using such audio material collected from present-day dialect speakers, as well as old dictionaries' evidence of historical usage, so that the Wordbank not only provides a snapshot of vernacular English in the early 21st century but also reveals the ancient origins of many words and phrases in use today.
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.
The Making of Barack Obama
Barack Obama’s keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention catapulted the little-known senator into the national spotlight. Four years later, he would make history as America’s first black president. Drawing on encyclopaedic research and more than 1,000 interviews, this biography recounts his upbringing in Hawaii, his formative time as a community organizer on Chicago’s tough South Side, his academic achievements and his first steps in politics, to present a penetrating portrait of the politician and the man.
When They Go Low, We Go High
Speeches that Shaped the World – and Why We Need Them
An experienced speechwriter for politicians including Tony Blair, Philip Collins explains how the right words, at the right time, can change the world. His analysis of 25 great speeches, by Pericles, Lincoln, Emmeline Pankhurst, Churchill, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and others, demonstrates how oratory can shape national identity, give voice to the people, and establish peace in place of war. In an age of fake news and populism, he argues, attention to how democratic ideas are expressed is more important than ever.
Published in Philadelphia in 1776, Tom Paine’s pamphlet was an impassioned and persuasive argument for the American colonies’ independence from the British crown. The second edition (1776), with Paine’s ‘Appendix’, is reprinted in this little hardback with an American sampler design on the cover. Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
The Prime Minister's Papers: Wellington
Political Correspondence, 1833–November 1834 v. 1
Covering an important period in the history of the Conservative party and revealing Wellington’s character and his relations with public opinion and his colleagues, this first volume of his political correspondence begins with the Conservatives’ defeat in the 1833 general election and ends with their return to office in November 1834. The book includes hitherto unpublished documents from the Wellington Papers at Apsley House.
The Myth of Sisyphus
‘It is legitimate and necessary to wonder whether life has a meaning; therefore it is legitimate to meet the problem of suicide face to face’: this is how Camus, in his preface, describes the subject of this profound philosophical statement. The Myth is accompanied by five short essays, including ‘Summer in Algiers’, evoking the city in which Camus’ novel The Outsider is set.
Monetary and Financial Integration in East Asia
The Relevance of European Experience
East Asia’s recent economic integration is in many ways similar to that undergone in Western Europe following the Second World War. In an invaluable guide for anyone interested in the interface between Asian and European economics and finance, the authors analyse the Asian experience from both European and Asian perspectives and explore the parallels within the regions, but also the significant differences in politics, history and economics.
How the World Works
Noam Chomsky is one of the world’s most respected linguists, yet his radical political ideas, while attracting legions of followers across the globe, have made him a prophet without honour in his own land. In this selection of interviews, he lays bare the realities of contemporary geopolitics with exceptional clarity and power, including the main goals of US foreign policy, the new global economy, the roots of racism and the coming ecological catastrophe.
The Visual World of French Theory
In the 1960s and 1970s there were remarkable encounters between the most prominent French philosophers and contemporary artists, particularly members of the Narrative Figuration movement. Passages from critical texts arising from those encounters serve as the focus in each chapter of this illustrated study, which explores, among others, the meetings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Robert Lapoujade; Louis Althusser and Lucio Fanti; and Jacques Derrida and Valerio Adami.
The Athenian Story
How did a radical new set of democratic ideals emerge from the ancient Athenians’ search for a durable political order? In a lively narrative history, Professor Mitchell traces the influence of early revolutionary movements and describes how democracy took hold for two centuries. He analyses both the system’s strengths and the weaknesses that hastened its demise in the face of Macedonian conquerors. The book ends with an assessment of Athens’ political legacy in the modern world.
The Epic Story of the Billionaire Who Took Over Italy
To his fans, Silvio Berlusconi is a natural leader; to his enemies, a convicted criminal. Inspired by David Frost’s historic interviews with Richard Nixon, Alan Friedman set out to uncover the real Berlusconi. With his subject’s cooperation and access to family, friends and business partners, he describes Berlusconi’s childhood in a rough neighbourhood in wartime Milan, the growth of his media empire and his rise to political power, alongside financial scandals and notorious sex parties.
He led the Military Revolutionary Committee that overthrew Russia’s provisional government in 1917 and was widely regarded as the Revolution's finest orator, yet Trotsky died in exile, assassinated by Soviet agents. In a revelatory study that revised the Bolshevik leader’s reputation, Service traces the life of a man who ‘moved like a bright comet across the political sky’.
Drawing on previously unpublished archive material, this acclaimed biography of Stalin describes his formative years – emphasizing the importance of his parents, Georgian origins, religious training and his embrace of Marxism, as well as his poetry and voracious reading – to show that the notorious tyrant was ‘a more dynamic and diverse figure’ than is generally supposed.
Lenin remains to this day a colossal figure: the founder of the Bolshevik faction and one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. In this critically acclaimed biography, Robert Service – the first historian to have access to Communist Party archives after they were ‘unsealed’ – provides a complete portrait of Lenin, set in historical context.
In Search of Sir Thomas Browne
The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century's Most Inquiring Mind
The major work of Sir Thomas Browne (1605–1682) is the Pseudodoxia Epidemica (1646), a catalogue of ‘vulgar errors’ and their correction which, together with Urne-Buriall and The Garden of Cyrus, has charmed writers from Samuel Johnson to Jorge Luis Borges and Javier Marías. Here, another acolyte sets off in the footsteps of the erudite, witty and good-humoured Browne to rediscover his life and work through its diversity of themes, from medicine and human longevity to faith and melancholy. American-cut pages.
Tony Blair: The Tragedy of Power
Tony Blair became prime minister in 1997 with a landside majority and an approval rating of 93 per cent. When he resigned in 2007, his popularity had slumped and his party was in disarray. With access to Whitehall officials, politicians and military officers, this study offers a day-to-day account of his decade in office and his subsequent career, charting the steps – the spin, the Iraq war, the Chilcot enquiry – by which his reputation was eroded. Slightly off-mint.
Vanishing for the Vote
Suffrage, Citizenship and the Battle for the Census
Tracking the increasingly hostile relationship between the Liberal government and the suffragettes, this book tells the story of census night, 2 April 1911, when the suffrage movements urged women – all still without the vote – to boycott the census.