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.
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.
Fire and Fury
Inside the Trump White House
Granted access to the White House, journalist Michael Wolff wrote the inside story of the first nine months of Trump's presidency: why FBI director James Comey was fired, why Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room, and what Trump's staff really think of him.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Trump Under Fire
Michael Wolff’s previous book, Fire and Fury, told the inside story of Donald Trump’s first year in office. Siege continues the story through the scandals, rivalries and controversies of his second year, as the president faced the challenge of the Mueller investigation and potential impeachment. Slightly off-mint.
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.
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 photos or portraits, and the occasional satirical cartoon, each chapter covers one of the 54 PMs, from Sir Robert Walpole to Theresa May.
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.
Harold Wilson: The Unprincipled Prime Minister?
Reappraising Harold Wilson
Harold Wilson was one of the longest-serving prime ministers of the 20th century, winning four elections – one more than both Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher – yet his reputation within the Labour Party remains ambiguous. This collection of essays examines his record on economic policy, industrial relations, social liberalization, Europe and Northern Ireland. With contributions from Wilson’s contemporaries and political experts from the left, right and centre, it offers a balanced assessment of his successes and failures.
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.
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 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.
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 Higher Loyalty
Truth, Lies, and Leadership
The FBI Director James Comey was publicly fired by Donald Trump in May 2017. In this book he writes about his work, his role in the 2016 American presidential election and the surreal events that followed, and reflects on the leadership styles of three very different presidents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Selected Writings of Thomas Paine
The 15 newly edited texts presented in this selection include Common Sense (1776), The Rights of Man (1791–2), The Age of Reason (1794–5) and the Dissertation on First-Principles of Government (1795). They are accompanied by a full introduction by Ian Shapiro and three essays illuminating Thomas Paine’s role in the period of the American and French Revolutions and his place in feminist discourse of that time.
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 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.
A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine
The Last Diaries
The diaries of Tony Benn (1925-2014) provide an unparalleled commentary on Britain's political life between his election to Parliament in 1950 and the first decade of this century. This final volume covers the years 2007-2009 and includes observations on the 2008 financial crisis, the collapse of Gordon Brown's premiership and Benn's personal reflections on the challenges and compensations of old age. Edited by Ruth Winstone.
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 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.
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.
Dear Mr Harper
Britain's First Green Parliamentarian
From his childhood in Orkney, Sri Lanka and London, to his work as the first Green Party member of the Scottish Parliament, Robin Harper tells the story of his life and discusses the urgent political and environmental issues of our time. Slightly off-mint.
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.
Mad Men & Bad Men
What Happened When British Politics Met Advertising
Sam Delaney investigates the influence of advertising in political combat between the 1970s and late 1990s, and traces the progress of the admen into 'the very heart of the political hierarchies within both the Labour and Conservative parties'. Drawing on interviews with admen and politicians, he examines how the two tribes interacted, from an advertising high-roller sprinkling amphetamine powder on Edward Heath's canapes to the heyday of spin doctors and image makers.
The Correspondence of Henry Edward Manning and William Ewart Gladstone
The Complete Correspondence 1833-1891 (Four volumes)
Between 1833 and 1891, Manning and Gladstone maintained a correspondence, broken significantly only for the decade from 1851 up to 1861 and from 1875 to 1882. Presented here with introductions, notes and index, the letters provide substantial insights into debates on Church-state alignments; entanglements of Anglican Old High Churchmen and Tractarians from the Oxford Movement to 1851; and relationships between Roman Catholics and the British Government over issues including Ireland, Italy and education in the later 19th century.
State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
Clinton's defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career; yet six years later, she re-emerged as a formidable stateswoman and the Democrats' presumed frontrunner for presidential nomination. That phoenix-like rise is at the heart of this 2014 study. Based on over 200 interviews with intimates, colleagues, supporters and enemies, it offers a remarkable portrait of the woman who almost became the first female President of the USA.
Secret Cables of the Comintern, 1933-1943
Drawing on coded telegraph messages exchanged between Communist Party leaders around the world and their overseers at the Communist International (Comintern) headquarters in Moscow, this book provides new insights into Comintern activities and influence during the decade 1933–43. The authors examine its involvement in events and movements including the Popular Front in France, the Spanish Civil War and the Nazi-Soviet Pact, and reveal Comintern co-operation with Soviet intelligence.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poet and Revolutionary
‘Rise, like lions after slumber… Ye are many – they are few!’ Shelley is one of England’s most beloved Romantic poets, yet his work is infused with a fierce revolutionary politics. This biography explores the experiences that shaped his hatred of a system in which a few lived in luxury while the many suffered poverty and oppression, and traces his influence on radical movements and thinkers to this day.
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.