Power and Pragmatism
The Memoirs of Malcolm Rifkind
Malcolm Rifkind was one of Britain’s longest serving ministers, having held cabinet positions including Foreign Secretary for 18 years. He recalls his Jewish upbringing in Edinburgh, and a formative overland journey to India when he was 19, before describing a political career that involved negotiations with Mikhael Gorbachev, Britain’s intervention in the Bosnian war, and conflict with Margaret Thatcher over Scottish devolution.
The People's Flag and the Union Jack
An Alternative History of Britain and the Labour Party
The Labour Party has always found notions of nationalism problematic in a political landscape where traditional values and patriotism have typically been associated with conservatism. This study reviews Labour's relationship with Britishness, from the early pre-war party to the Corbyn era and beyond, in the light of contemporary attitudes to the United Kingdom, Brexit and increasing support for Scottish independence.
A Scottish Political Journey
Jimmy Reid was a hugely influential figure in Scottish politics – his funeral in 2010 was attended by Gordon Brown and Alex Salmond – yet this is the first biography of him. It follows his tough Clydeside upbringing, his work as a shipbuilders’ union leader, and his political journey from communism through the Labour Party (which he left in protest at the Iraq War) to support for the SNP and Scottish independence.
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 Based on previously unpublished interviews with Emmanuel Macron’s friends, mentors, opponents, and key members of his team, this first biography in English charts his meteoric rise.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.
Leo Varadkar – A Very Modern Taoiseach
In this first full-length biography, family, friends and colleagues offer behind-the-scenes insights into how the doctor son of Indian immigrants, having come out as gay, survived party infighting to become leader of Fine Gael and prime minister of Ireland. It explores the role of Frances Fitzgerald in shaping his career, and the police whistleblower scandal that almost derailed it.
Behind Diplomatic Lines
Relations With Ministers
As Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office from 1986 to 1991, Patrick Wright was well positioned to observe the inner workings of the British government during a tumultuous period in world affairs. His diaries offer a day-to-day account of the aftermath of the Falklands War, the collapse of the Soviet Union, strained relations with the EU, the first Gulf War and the fall of Margaret Thatcher.
Drawing on her childhood in war-torn Europe and experiences as a diplomat, the former US Secretary of State explores the conditions that gave rise to fascism in the 1920s, and the reasons for its survival beyond 1945. She warns that the resurgent nationalism of leaders such as Putin, Trump and Orban presents a new threat to world peace.
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.
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.
The Man, His Era
This first comprehensive biography is based on previously unavailable material released since the fall of the Soviet Union and records Khrushchev’s peasant upbringing and political initiation in the heady days following the 1917 revolution. It then probes the contradictions of a man who was implicated in Stalin’s crimes but subsequently denounced his mentor, and a would-be peacemaker whose nuclear standoff with Kennedy brought the world to the brink of destruction.
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.
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.
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.
In 2014, in an exhibition entitled @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, the Chinese artist and activist transformed the former island prison to call attention to the plight of prisoners of conscience around the world. Yours Truly was part of that exhibition; a room where visitors used pre-addressed postcards to send their own messages to prisoners. Some 90,000 postcards were sent; some received replies. This book tells the stories of Yours Truly’s messages and their recipients.
Rebel With a Cause
The first woman to represent the Welsh valleys, Ann Clwyd spent 33 years in parliament, partly as a shadow minister before being sacked for not toeing the party line. This memoir recounts key events she witnessed first hand, from the miners’ strike to the EU referendum, and discusses causes she embraced, including the NHS and her involvement in Iraq, which led to Saddam labelling her an ‘enemy of the people’.
Inside the Secret Companies that Run Britain
Our government spends £80 billion a year outsourcing services to companies the public knows little about, including G4S, Serco and ATOS. Based on extensive insider interviews, White investigates systemic failures and company scandals in social care, welfare and justice. Slightly off-mint.
The Struggle Over the South China Sea and the Strategy of Chinese Expansion
China’s establishment of military bases on islands in the South China Sea has made these international waters a potential flashpoint. This study examines the threat posed to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, and the likelihood – and dangers – of US involvement.
Exceeding My Brief
Memoirs of a Disobedient Civil Servant
In this frank memoir Barbara Hosking (1926–2021) recalls a career that took her from writing for The Cornishman newspaper to becoming press secretary for Harold Wilson and Edward Heath, who she accompanied to Paris for the signing of the Treaty of Rome, and to Munich for the Olympic Games. She also remembers the elitism and sexism she encountered, and the changes in attitude that she witnessed during her long working life.
War on Peace
The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
US foreign policy has undergone a troubling change in recent decades. Drawing on newly uncovered materials, his own experience in the State Department, and interviews with warlords, whistleblowers and every living Secretary of State including Henry Kissinger and Hillary Clinton, Farrow analyses the systematic dismantling of the diplomatic service. Under successive presidents, in his view, a shoot-first policy has replaced the skilled, patient statecraft that once secured America’s interests across the globe.
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 charts 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.
Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader in 2015 surprised, delighted and troubled many in the party. This biography seeks the roots of his ideas in his life and career. It describes his childhood in rural Shropshire, his marriages, and his 40 years as a rebellious backbencher, before covering his leadership campaign and unexpectedly strong showing in the 2017 election.
The Inside Story of Brexit
David Cameron’s former Director of Communications offers a day-by-day account the six months leading to the EU membership referendum in June 2016, the machinations of the Brexit campaigners, conflict within the Conservative party, and the aftermath of the shock result.
The New Tsar
The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin
In this account of Vladimir Putin’s rise from obscurity to power, the former New York Times Moscow bureau chief explains how the Russian leader established his popularity by restoring order after the chaos of the 1990s and advancing his country’s interests on the international stage, before cementing his authoritarian rule and suppressing dissent.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Lies of the Land
An Honest History of Political Deceit
This dry, humorous look at the biggest political lies of recent decades, by Private Eye journalist Adam Macqueen, includes the cover-up of Churchill’s stroke, sex scandals such as the Profumo affair, and the misleading claims behind the Iraq war and the Brexit referendum. Given that politicians have always lied, Macqueen asks how and why, in this ‘post-truth era’, we have become so compliant with fake news.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
A History of Political Trials
From Charles I to Charles Taylor
While the creation of international tribunals to try heads of state for crimes against humanity are usually hailed as new, breakthrough victories for human rights, this study argues that such trials have a long history. In cases from Charles I in 1649 to Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, in 2012, Laughland examines the constitutional issues raised by political trials and ‘special tribunals’, discussing the nature of the Prosecution and the often ignored Defence as well as procedural shortcomings.