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 investigative history 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.
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 Based on previously unpublished interviews with Emmanuel Macron’s friends, mentors, opponents, and key members of his team, this first-ever biography in English charts his meteoric rise.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.
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.
At the Heart of Power From Heath to Blair
Described as ‘one of the two or three men who actually run the country’, Robin Butler served variously as private secretary to, and cabinet secretary under, five prime ministers. This biography presents Butler as both traditionalist and innovator in a civil service undergoing profound change.
By Royal Appointment
Tales From the Privy Council – the Unknown Arm of Government
The Privy Council, which formally advises the sovereign, has existed since ‘remote antiquity’, and this history of the institution explores, by means of stories and anecdotes from its chequered past, the council’s waning influence over rival institutions, including the Cabinet and the judiciary.
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.
Black, Green, Red and Tartan
A Communist and a Scottish nationalist, the poet Hugh MacDiarmid (1892–1978) was, in the words of Bob Purdie, ‘a man in constant revolt’ against the Scottish culture of his day. This study of MacDiarmid’s politics discusses his relationship to fascism and right-wing ideas in the 1920s; his involvement with Social Credit; his participation in Scottish nationalist politics in the 1920s and 1930s; his Marxism; and his politics during and after the Second World War.
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.
The Communist Manifesto
Marx and Engels' 'detailed theoretical and practical programme' for the Communist League, first published in German in 1872, has to be reckoned one of the most influential books in history. The original English translation by Samuel Moore (1888) is published here as part of The Skeptical Reader series, with an introduction by the famous historian of Soviet Russia, Robert Conquest.
At Her Zenith: In London, Washington and Moscow
In this second volume of his authorized biography, Moore describes Margaret Thatcher at the height of her power, from the aftermath of the Falklands War in 1982 and her subsequent victory in the 1983 general election, to her third election victory in 1987. He portrays a politician ‘more dominant, perhaps, than any peacetime predecessor’ as she faced challenges including the miners’ strike, the Westland crisis and the IRA and, on the world stage, negotiated with Reagan and Gorbachev. American-cut pages.
An Ideological Analysis
Plaid Cymru is generally regarded as the foremost advocate of Welsh nationalism; but in this study of its political philosophy, Dr Alan Sandry challenges the conventional assumption that it conforms to the traditional model of a nationalist party. Sandry’s exhaustive analysis shows Plaid Cymru’s ideology to be diverse and complex, sharing convictions and agendas with the Greens, decentralist Liberals and welfare state Socialists.
Class War Conservatism and Other Essays
In sections entitled The Capitalist State, Marxism and the Problem of Power, Britain, and After 1989, this collection contains 18 essays by an outstanding socialist thinker and teacher, writing on his familiar themes, including class power and working-class representation.
The Dignity of Chartism:
Essays by Dorothy Thompson
Starting with an introduction to the work of Dorothy Thompson (1923–2011) by Stephen Roberts, this book collects 16 essays, including a previously unpublished study of Halifax Chartism, spanning the whole career of ‘the pre-eminent historian of Chartism’. With introductory notes and additional footnotes.
Principles and Power
A Labour politician who believed that foreign policy must have an ethical dimension, Robin Cook was Foreign Secretary throughout Tony Blair’s first term as Prime Minister, from 1997 to June 2001. In 2003, as Leader of the Commons, he resigned from government in protest against the Iraq war. John Williams, who was Cook’s press secretary at the Foreign Office, gives a behind-the-scenes account of a politician whose career illustrates the difficulty of reconciling principles with the compromises of government.
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.
Badiou and Politics
In this interpretation of the work of the influential French philosopher Alain Badiou, Professor Bosteels draws on all Badiou’s writings, from his student days in 1960s to the present. The study examines his exchanges with other thinkers, including Althusser, Lacan, Deleuze and Derrida, tracks his political activity since May 1968, and argues for an understanding of his thought as a revival of dialectical materialism.
The Garments of Court and Palace
Machiavelli and the World That He Made
Over the centuries, the ideal ruler as described by Machiavelli in The Prince has mostly been seen as a ruthless tyrant, but Philip Bobbitt argues that this is a misunderstanding arising from mistranslations, political agendas and interpreters overlooking Machiavelli’s earlier work. In his commentary on The Prince, Bobbitt presents Machiavelli as ‘the clear-sighted prophet of a new constitutional order with its basis in the union of strategy and law’.
Beyond Magna Carta
Writing shortly before the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, and in the aftermath of the Scottish Independence referendum, Andrew Blick sees a present need for a full written constitution of the UK. He examines a series of historical texts dating back as far as the sixth and seventh centuries, and including Magna Carta, which sought to set out arrangements for the governance of England – and later the UK. These, he argues, comprise a powerful tradition of written constitution.
Step By Step
In the years that followed the Great Depression, with Germany re-arming and the British establishment united in their desire to appease Hitler, Churchill was a voice in the wilderness. This powerful collection of newspaper articles from the period reveals his political foresight as he reports on the Spanish Civil War and the Munich agreement, warns of the inadequacy of Britain’s Navy and aircraft manufacturing, and urges the country to prepare for the inevitable war.
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 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.
The Inside Story of the Phone Hacking Trial
It was the marathon trial that laid bare the tricks, corruption and hypocrisy of the tabloid press. Peter Jukes attended the whole of the eight-month hearings, and brings the courtroom drama to full, uncensored life. Here are the secret tape recordings, the emails from Hollywood actors, Cabinet ministers and royal courtiers, and the scandal that embroiled Rupert Murdoch's protegee Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron's former Director of Communications, Andy Coulson.
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.
Volume Eighteen: Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers
Herbert Spencer (1820–1903) was a prominent philosopher in the Victorian era. This intellectual biography makes a compelling argument for the continued relevance of his political philosophy. Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers series, volume 18. No jacket.
Volume Eleven: Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers
Part of the Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers series, this volume looks at the life and work of the Harvard philosopher Robert Novick, author of the groundbreaking Anarchy, State and Utopia (1974), which sparked new interest in libertarianism. No jacket.
Liberalism and Local Government in Early Victorian London
In this study, Weinstein considers the development of London's liberal political culture between the general election of 1832 and the establishment of the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1855. He offers a fresh interpretation of the city's political life, arguing that Whiggery was a potent force, exerting a 'powerful "negative influence" on the construction of early Victorian metropolitan radical identity'.
Inside the Radical Right: The Development
of Anti-Immigrant Parties in Western Europe
David Art examines the roles of leadership, activists and organization in the success or failure of the radical right parties, such as Le Pen's Front National, that have appeared throughout Western Europe in recent decades.