A People's History
While in office, President Obama received thousands of letters a day from ordinary American citizens. Every night, he read ten of these at bedtime, whether they were apologies, appreciations, thanks or rants, and he often sent handwritten responses. The author of this book has interviewed the letter-writers, members of the White House staff and Obama himself to create a vivid portrait of an empathetic leader and the people he represented.
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.
Can Democracy Work?
A Short History of a Radical Idea from Ancient Athens to Our World
From ancient Greeks to Donald Trump, people have argued about what democracy means. This concise history surveys its many incarnations, as expressed in the French and American revolutions and 19th-century radicalism, and assesses the challenges it faces today.
No Less Than Mystic
A History of Lenin and the Russian Revolution for a 21st-Century Left
In this study, Medhurst approaches the Russian revolutionary period, 1903 to 1921, from the perspective of modern, non-Marxist, participatory socialism. He seeks to explain why the Bolshevik Revolution degenerated so quickly into Stalinism, and re-examines the roles of both the Bolshevik leaders and the Russian non-Leninist socialists. Slightly off-mint.
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.
A Biography of Tom Johnston
As Scottish Secretary in Churchill’s war cabinet, Tom Johnston helped lay the foundations of the NHS; later, he brought electricity to remote parts of Scotland. Tracing his ideals to his early career as a campaigning journalist, this biography celebrates his fighting spirit and lasting achievements.
British Liberal Leaders
Leaders of the Liberal Party, SDP and Liberal Democrats Since 1828
This volume traces the development of British Liberalism through profiles of 25 leaders. Analysing their attributes and achievements, the authors discuss the success with which each man guided his party through revolutionary social and political changes. The book ends with three interviews in which David Steel, Paddy Ashdown and Nick Clegg give their own reflections on their experiences of leadership.
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.
1517, Printing, and the Making of the Reformation
Martin Luther’s revolutionary ideas spread across Europe within just a few years of the day in 1517 when he posted his ‘theses’ on a church door. As this book shows, Luther’s success was far from accidental: a skilled communicator, he worked closely with Wittenberg’s printers to craft the distinctive pamphlets that made him the world’s first mass-media figure, boosted the newly emerging publishing industry and inspired others to disseminate their own writings. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Hero for the Atomic Age
Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki Expedition
When the Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl sailed his balsa-wood raft Kon-Tiki from Peru to Polynesia in 1947, he created one of the founding myths of the post-war world, imbued with heroism, optimism and free-spirited rebellion against scientific orthodoxy. This examination of his life and ideas reveals how carefully he constructed his own legend, and challenges the racism and sexism implicit in some of his theories.
Modern Theories of Politics
Based on Dr Sembou’s series of lectures for beginning students of political philosophy at the University of Oxford, 2003–4, this volume aims to introduce the main ideas and arguments and the most important writings of the major political thinkers of modernity: Hobbes, Locke, Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Rousseau, Edmund Burke, Hegel and Karl Marx.
Fighters and Quitters
Great Political Resignations
Fighters and Quitters charts the scandals, controversies and errors that have obliterated many a political career, from the Profumo affair to the casualties of Brexit. It recounts the faked death of John Stonehouse in the 1970s, Edwina Currie’s undoing by the egg industry, Robin Cook’s resignation over the Iraq War, and the many comebacks of Peter Mandelson.
The Best Prime Minister We Never Had?
The Conservative politician Richard Austen ‘Rab’ Butler (1902–82) held three of the great offices of state and came close, on three occasions, to becoming Prime Minister. This biography examines his upbringing, education and political career and draws on his own papers and the testimony of his contemporaries to explore why, despite his formidable intellect and distinguished record as Chancellor of the Exchequer, the premiership ultimately eluded him.
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.
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.
Punch and Judy Politics
An Insiders' Guide to Prime Minister's Questions
First formalized into a regular event in 1961, ‘PMQs’ dominates the lives of senior British politicians and is a source of fascination abroad. This book’s authors prepared Ed Miliband for combat each week; here they revisit the high and low points and survey the history and evolution of the format, with reflections from participants including Vince Cable, Tony Blair and David Cameron. An afterword brings the story up to 2018.
And How You Can Make it Happen
As Minister for Women and Equalities in the coalition government, Jo Swinson learned the hard way that gender imbalance was ‘the most intractable and biggest of problems to address’ – and not only for government. In this book, she explains how inequality permeates our lives and institutions and, focusing on how power is conferred in favour of men, her ‘call to arms’ offers ways for the individual to make a difference.
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 German Left and the Weimar Republic
A Selection of Documents
Published in the Historical Materialism series, this volume presents a selection of documents relating to both parties of the political left in the Weimar period: the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), a party of government; and the revolutionary Communist Party of Germany (KPD). As well as writings on policy from both perspectives, there are documents dealing with social issues, including gender and sexual politics.
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.
An Unsuccessful Prime Minister? Reappraising John Major
This collection of essays takes a balanced look at the successes and failures of John Major’s government, and re-evaluates its legacy. Contributions from politicians including Charles Clarke, Paddy Ashdown and John Redwood and commentators such as Peter Oborne and Christian Wolmar reflect on the government’s fragile majority, battles over Europe and the Maastricht treaty, the Exchange Rate Mechanism debacle, the first Gulf War, and the Northern Ireland peace process.
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.
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.
Born in the Welsh valleys, Joan Ruddock went on to lead the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament before becoming an MP and the first Minister for Women in the Blair government. In this memoir, she recalls the hard lives of her parents, which fuelled her passion for social justice, her career as campaigner and politician, the euphoria she felt after the 1997 election, and the frustration and disillusionment that followed.
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.
1923-1968: The Idealist (Volume 1)
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 with a felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge
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.
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.
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.
Breaking The Code
As MP for Chester and a government whip, Gyles Brandreth had a ringside seat at Westminster from the fall of Margaret Thatcher to the election of Tony Blair. His frank and often funny diaries provide an insight into the workings of modern government, profiles of the key players, and the first-ever insider's account of the secret world of the Whips' Office. This updated edition continues the story to the arrival of David Cameron as Tory leader.
The Best of Benn
Speeches, Diaries, Letters and Other Writings
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.
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.
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.
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 the 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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century
In the Nineteenth Century
Published in 1851, eleven years after he famously wrote that 'property is theft' (in What is Property?), this work sets out Proudhon's radical vision of a society in which authority is decentralized among communes or cooperatives, with free contracts replacing laws. Reprint of the 1923 edition, translated by John Beverley Robinson.
41: A Portrait of My Father
George W Bush, the 43rd President of the United States, gives a heartfelt account of the life and leadership of his father, George HW Bush, the 41st President. From his early years in Greenwich, Connecticut, through wartime service with the USAF in the Pacific to a political career lasting three decades, the younger Bush tells the story of the man he admires and adores, and reflects on his father's influence on his own personal and political life.
The Discipline Of Western Supremacy
Modes of Foreign Relations and Political Economy, Volume III
Concluding a trilogy on foreign relations and political economy, this volume provides an overview of mainstream International Relations as a set of theories which translate Western supremacy into intellectual hegemony.
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.
Isaac and Isaiah
The Covert Punishment of A Cold War Heretic
David Caute tells the story of Isaiah Berlin’s bitter feud with Isaac Deutscher, not simply as Anglo-American liberal versus Leninist socialist, but as a complex ideological clash between two of the most politically influential intellectuals of the Cold War era.
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.
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.
Five Came Back
A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
After Pearl Harbor, five of the most renowned Hollywood film directors were enlisted into the American armed forces to fight the propaganda battle, explain American objectives in the war, and shape a narrative that would determine how Americans would perceive the conflicts in Europe and the Pacific. This account of Hollywood’s contribution to fighting the Second World War is told through the wartime service of the five great directors: John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler and Frank Capra.
A Political Life
At the height of his popularity as a leader of the Chartists' campaign for democratic reform in Britain, Feargus O'Connor enjoyed the support of millions of working people. But his role in the history of British radical politics is only half the story. This study of his political life restores the Irish dimension of his career to its proper place by offering an evaluation of his heritage, his ideas and his public life on both sides of the Irish Sea.
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 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 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.
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.
An Outsider Inside No 10
Protecting the Prime Ministers, 1974–79
John Warwicker, a former Special Branch officer, tells the story of his six years in charge of security at No 10 Downing Street, protecting Prime Ministers Wilson, Callaghan and Thatcher during an era in which the Cold War and the IRA were ever-present threats.
A Documentary History of Communism in Russia
From Lenin to Gorbachev
Updated in 1993 to cover the collapse of Russian Communism, Professor Daniels’s compilation of almost 200 documents, with accompanying introductions and commentaries, sets in context texts that begin with Lenin arguing against the Populists in 1894, trace the progress of the Bolshevik Revolution and the course of Soviet Communism up to the era of perestroika, and end with Gorbachev’s speech of resignation on 8 December 1991.
Fighting with Allies
America and Britain in Peace and War
In this 2016 edition of his 1996 study, the former British Ambassador to Washington explores the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the United States since 1940. Drawing on his own experience as well as official documents, diaries and memoirs, Robin Renwick examines the perspectives of each side during moments of crisis, including the Second World War, Suez, the Falklands, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. With Britain’s role in the world about to be transformed by Brexit, the book assesses the prospects for Anglo-American co-operation.
The Inevitable Prime Minister
Attlee has been labelled ‘the accidental Prime Minister’, but, as this biography demonstrates, Labour’s longest-serving leader lacked neither ambition nor ability, and his party’s landslide victory in 1945 was not merely due to a temporary wave of populism. Jago traces Attlee’s rise to power, including his role as Churchill’s wartime deputy, and shows how his relentless quest for a more egalitarian society inspired far-reaching reforms, not least the creation of the NHS.
Consequences of the Peace
The Versailles Settlement: Aftermath and Legacy 1919–2010
In this concluding volume of the Makers of the Modern World: The Peace Conferences of 1919–23 and Their Aftermath series, Alan Sharp investigates some of the most significant, long-term legacies and contributions of the peace treaties signed at the end of the First World War, including the creation of the League of Nations and the United Nations.
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.
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’.