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 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 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 protege Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron's former Director of Communications, Andy Coulson.
The Chilcot Report
Report of the Iraq Inquiry: Executive Summary
In 2003, for the first time since the Second World War, the UK invaded a sovereign state: Iraq. In 2016 Sir John Chilcot delivered his long-awaited report on the war; its 2.6 million words fill twelve volumes. This accessible edition of the executive summary allows the reader to make up their own mind about the crucial questions. Did Saddam have chemical weapons? Were they a threat? Was the war legal? And was the planning adequate?
Of the People, By the People
A New History of Democracy
Roger Osborne approaches democracy as 'a continual, collective enterprise' and provides, not a definitive history, but a stimulating historical framework in which to study how individual societies have found solutions for their own unique problems. Among the democracies visited are those of ancient Athens, medieval European parliaments, the English Revolution, the American colonies and post-colonial India; Osborne also discusses the demise of democracy during the 1930s, its resurgence and the conditions for its development in present-day China.
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.
The Zhivago Affair
The Kremlin, the CIA and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
In Soviet Russia in 1956, Boris Pasternak's novel Dr Zhivago was seen as an assault on the 1917 Revolution. The manuscript was taken out of the USSR and published first in Italy, then around the world. It was also published in Russian by the CIA and smuggled back into the Soviet Union. Pasternak became not only a Nobel Laureate, but the first of Russia's great writer-dissidents. Drawing on recently declassified files, this is the dramatic story of how Dr Zhivago became a secret weapon in an ideological war.
When Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) took office in the aftermath of an act of terrorism a century before 9/11, he was the youngest President in America's history. This bestselling biography explores his dynamic yet complex personality and charts his epoch-making presidency: how he rallied a stricken nation, seized control of the Panama Canal, set the USA on course to become a world power, and created millions of acres of National Parks. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Her Fatal Legacy
John Sergeant brings his mordant wit and keen understanding to bear on Margaret Thatcher's enduring - and, as he persuasively argues, baleful - legacy. Based on Sergeant's insights into the Westminster scene and his unique access to her closest colleagues, Maggie charts the course from her glory days to her downfall and beyond, showing how 'Mrs Thatcher's power to influence events did not end with her resignation'.
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.
Coming Up Trumps
The daughter of an officer and an American heiress, Jean Trumpington was born into a world of considerable privilege, but the Wall Street Crash wiped out her mother's fortune. In this forthright memoir Trumpington looks back on her long and remarkable life during which she worked for Lloyd George and then at Bletchley Park during the Second World War, married, and later embarked on a political career, becoming a life peer in 1980.
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 Blunders of Our Governments
Over recent decades, British governments of all parties have committed spectacular errors of judgement: the Poll Tax, the Millennium Dome, Blair's failed IT project for the NHS, the Assets Recovery Agency that cost more to run than it ever clawed back from organized crime... The list is ever growing. Informed by years of research and interviews with cabinet ministers and senior civil servants, this savvy, ironic and razor-sharp book explains why politicians are so prone to bungling at our expense.
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.