The Price of Civilization
Economics and Ethics After the Fall
Ten years after the financial crisis, many of the world’s economies are still in recession. In this lucid analysis, the bestselling author of The End of Poverty argues that we need long-term solutions, not quick fixes: a partnership between state and the private sector, and competence from both, to reform corporate culture without stifling competition, and to regulate emissions while encouraging innovation. Essential reading for politicians, business, industry – and anyone interested in a sustainable future.
Visions of England
What does it mean to be English? In a post-imperial age of devolution and multiculturalism, the question has taken on a new urgency. In this searching, deeply felt book, the art historian Roy Strong argues that the national psyche has been shaped by the rural arcadia celebrated by poets and painters such as Wordsworth and Constable. Drawing on both high art and popular culture, he identifies an enduring national identity that is inclusive and free of chauvinism or political partisanship.
Beginning with the horror of the battlefield where 50,000 men lay dead and injured as night fell on 18 June 1815, O'Keeffe's study covers the months between Wellington's victory and the confinement of Napoleon on St Helena. It describes how, once the dead and dying were gone, the site was visited by tourists; how the news of the battle was spread; the advance of the British and Prussian armies into France; and Napoleon's final weeks as surrender became inevitable.
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.
The Sword of Albion
Strong-minded yet vulnerable, ambitious yet insecure, Britain's greatest naval hero was a man in need of constant reassurance. Wellington thought him 'so vain and silly as to surprise and almost disgust me'. This second volume of Sugden's authoritative biography charts Nelson's life from 1797 to his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Drawing on letters and diaries, it interweaves his victories at the Nile and Copenhagen with his stormy relations with colleagues and his scandalous private life.
Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934–1961
In 1934, at the height of his fame, Ernest Hemingway bought a 42-foot motor yacht, Pilar, from a Brooklyn boatbuilder. Blending poetic sensibility with painstaking research, this New York Times bestseller charts the relationship between writer and boat through three marriages, the Nobel Prize, and all his triumph and tragedy; how he sailed the waters from Key West to Cuba, and hunted big-game fish and German U-boats; and how, in 1961, the yacht finally slipped away from him, along with life itself.
Hitler's First Victims
And One Man's Race for Justice
At 9am on 13 April 1933 deputy prosecutor Josef Hartinger was summoned to the new concentration camp at Dachau, where four prisoners had been shot, allegedly while trying to escape. In the weeks that followed, he was repeatedly called back, and with each corpse a terrifying new reality became clearer. This is the story of one man's courageous attempt to expose the horrors that the Nazi regime, then just weeks old, was already committing as it tightened its grip.
The Undiscovered Country
Journeys Among the Dead
From John Baret’s effigy of his own corpse in St Mary’s Church, in 15th-century Bury St Edmunds, to the incident that prompted the idea of bringing an anonymous body – ‘An Unknown Soldier’ – back from the First World War trenches, Watkins’ history of the macabre delves into Britain’s past in search of ancient customs, local characters and compelling tales that illuminate the ways in which people have come to terms with death.
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 meticulously researched biography reveals the elusive, secretive and complex man who ruled France for 14 years.
Britain's Liberal Imperialist
Thomas Macaulay has always inspired both admiration and hostility. One of the towering intellects of Victorian Britain, he played a major role in passing the 1832 Reform Act, and introduced English education to India. This insightful biography charts his rise from child prodigy to elder statesman, assesses his lasting influence as the architect of British 'soft power' and advocate of liberal interventionism, and goes beyond the stereotypes to reveal a difficult, complicated and very human man.
The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen
How would you achieve invisibility? If you could become invisible, what would you do? What challenges would you face? These are perennially fascinating questions, raising moral dilemmas and prompting scientific investigations as well as inspiring many myths and legends about magic rings and cloaks of invisibility. This wide-ranging cultural history of the concept of invisibility embraces Plato and HG Wells, medieval occultism and quantum theory, zebras' stripes and the optical camouflage used on military ships.
The World Before the Great War
The year 1913 is generally seen as nothing more than the prelude to an apocalypse. That was not how it felt at the time. This majestic account presents that year as it appeared to contemporaries. Through the stories of 28 cities, from London to New York, Vienna to St Petersburg, and Constantinople to Beijing, it presents a panorama of a world alive with potential, wealthy as never before, intoxicated by technological progress, and oblivious to the catastrophe that lay ahead.
Eichmann Before Jerusalem
The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer
One of the principal facilitators of the Holocaust, Adolf Eichmann was captured by Mossad in Argentina in 1960 and brought to Jerusalem for trial. This analysis examines his post-war life up to that event, based on newly discovered documentation. The book is in part a response to Hannah Arendt's 1963 volume Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil, which assessed Eichmann's actions in the light of his court testimony and evidence available at the trial.
Birth of a Theorem
A Mathematical Adventure
What is it like to be a 'rock-star mathematician' praised by Patti Smith? How does an inspired mathematical idea become a published article? Cédric Villani received a Fields Medal in 2010 for his work on Landau damping and the Boltzmann equation; here he looks back at the development of this research, presenting emails exchanged with his collaborator Clement Mouhot and setting his academic work in the context of his everyday life.
China and the World since 1750
Within two decades China is likely to have become the world's largest economy and its technological powerhouse. But how will this affect its foreign relations? Will the country strengthen its military might or pursue more diplomatic engagement with the rest of the world? To answer these questions the author considers the new form of Chinese nationalism and asks what we can learn about Chinese attitudes by looking back over the past 250 years of receptiveness and resistance to outside influence.