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.
Distilling the Frenzy
Writing the History of One's Own Times
While painstaking in its search for the truth, this brilliant history of postwar Britain acknowledges the role of psychodrama in the life of a nation. Drawing on newly declassified documents, Hennessy examines the perceived reduction of Britain's place in the world and its remaining influence to explain the choices made by prime ministers from Attlee to Cameron.
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.
A Study in Ambiguity
Aesthete, sensualist, bookworm and politician of Machiavellian cunning, Francois Mitterrand was a man of exceptional gifts, exceptional flaws and exceptional contradictions. During the Second World War he was both a Vichy official and a Resistance leader, and after entering politics as a conservative, he became the first Socialist President of France. This meticulous and readable biography creates a nuanced portrait of the elusive, secretive and complex man who ruled France for 14 years.
Honour, Interest and Power
An Illustrated History of the House of Lords, 1660-1715
The History of Parliament is a major academic project that has published over 40 volumes on the House of Commons; this volume is the first in its series on the House of Lords. The book introduces the upper House with a richly illustrated survey of the events and personalities of one of the most interesting periods in its history - from the restoration of the Lords and the monarchy in 1660, and through the first Jacobite rebellion and the accession of George I to 1715.
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.