By Paul Langford
Whereas the remainder of eighteenth century Europe used to be embroiled in revolution and unrest, Britain launched into an period of comparative calm and balance. makes an attempt by way of the Stuarts to reclaim the throne have been simply placed down, no longer during the strength of the British army, yet throughout the basic apathy of the British humans, who have been simply now not within the temper to affix within the rebellions loved by way of the yank colonies and the French. often referred to as the Age of Enlightenment, this used to be a time for highbrow development, as more desirable literacy charges and the creation of newspapers cleared the path for a extra proficient center type. This was once additionally a fantastic time for the preliminary flourishing of the British Empire, as Britain took benefit of its competitors' issues to additional its goals overseas. This accomplished and authoritative consultant takes a thematic method of eighteenth-century heritage, masking such themes as family politics, non secular advancements and adjustments to social demographics. It provides an entire photograph of an period of reform and growth.
By Peter H. Sand
The coral atoll of Diego Garcia (British Indian Ocean Territory) this day is a pivotal US naval and air base for all center East operations (Afghanistan, Iraq, and possibly, Iran). This ebook, mostly in response to hitherto unpublished resource fabric, describes the build-up of the bottom – beginning with a mystery US-UK bilateral deal in 1966; the deportation of the local island inhabitants within the Seventies; the clouded new function of Diego Garcia as a vacation spot for Guantánamo-style ‘renditions’; and the affects of army building at the setting of the island – which as a result of its usual elevation of four toes above sea-level is at direct danger from weather change
By Sam Delaney
From the instant Margaret Thatcher met the Saatchi brothers, elections campaigns could by no means be a similar back. all at once, each aspiring PM sought after a fast-talking, sharp-thinking advert guy on their group to aid dazzle electorate. yet what have been the results in their fixation with the snappy and simplistic?
Sam Delaney embarks on a trip to reveal the surprising fact at the back of the final election campaigns of the final 4 many years. every little thing is the following - from the fellow who snorted coke in quantity 10 to the baby-kisser who fell in love along with her personal advert exec, from the fist-fights in Downing road to the all-day champagne binges in Whitehall places of work. Sam Delaney talks to the boys on the middle of the battles - Alistair Campbell, Peter Mandelson, Tim Bell, Maurice Saatchi, Norman Tebbit, Neil Kinnock - and many extra.
Dark, revealing and regularly hilarious, Mad males and undesirable Men tells the tale of ways unelected, unaccountable males ended up informing coverage - and the way the British public paid the price.
during this deeply researched biography, Leo Damrosch attracts on discoveries revamped the previous thirty years to inform the tale of Swift’s existence anew. Probing holes within the current proof, he's taking heavily a few bold speculations approximately Swift’s parentage, love lifestyles, and numerous own relationships and indicates how Swift’s public model of his life—the one accredited till recently—was intentionally deceptive. speedy hid points of himself and his relationships, and people in his lifestyles helped to maintain his secrets.
Assembling suggestive clues, Damrosch re-narrates the occasions of Swift’s existence whereas making shiny the points of interest, sounds, and scents of his English and Irish surroundings.Through his personal phrases and people of a large circle of buddies, a fancy fast emerges: a stressed, combative, empathetic determine, a guy of biting wit and robust brain, and an enormous determine within the heritage of worldwide letters.
By Marc Morris
Medieval Britain was once ruled through its kings, and its kings ruled the land with their castles.
But what have been these castles? have been they fortresses? Palaces? Or symbols in their proprietors energy, and in their correct to rule.
In this stimulating number of articles and essays, the best-selling historian and broadcaster Marc Morris solutions these primary questions - and plenty of extra.
He explores a few of Britain’s favorite castles, similar to Framlingham, Goodrich and chateau Acre, and the castle-building campaigns of recognized kings like William the Conqueror and Edward I. And he addresses concerns corresponding to the origins of the cult of St George, the altering position of the medieval English earl and the riddle of the Winchester around desk. articles – one on Edward I’s recognition, one other on Lanercost Priory – seem right here for the 1st time.
Dr Marc Morris is a best-selling historian and broadcaster. In 2003 he offered the six-part television sequence fortress and wrote its accompanying publication. His different books comprise a seriously acclaimed biography of Edward I, a superb and bad King, and an incredible new background of The Norman Conquest
By Andrew Tyrrell, William O. Frazer
Social id is an idea od expanding significance within the social sciences. right here, the idea that is utilized to the usually atheoretical realm of medieval reports. each one contributor specializes in a selected subject of early medieval identification - ethnicity, nationwide identification, social place, subjectivity/personhood, political association, kiship, the physique, gender, age, proximity/regionality, reminiscence and ideological structures. the result's a pioneering imaginative and prescient of medieval social id and a problem to a few of the obtained normal wisdoms approximately this era.
Griff Rhys Jones was once a mountain virgin. So while it used to be recommended that he may well wish to pass up some of Britain’s peaks, he rightly requested: isn’t there an individual higher certified?
Apparently now not. So Griff used to be duly dispatched around the rooftops of britain, Scotland and Wales to discover a few of the roughest, so much hard – let alone most lovely – terrain, and to satisfy those that dwell day-by-day in such thin-aired wilds.
Climbing the large mountains like Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike and so on along with gave Griff an perception into the eagerness and devotion our excessive areas encourage – and grew to become a mountain virgin right into a mountaineer. good virtually …
By Tony Barnes
Curtis Warren is an underworld legend, the Liverpool scally who took the equipment of the road nook and increased them to an artwork shape. He cast direct hyperlinks with the the cocaine cartels of Columbia, the heroine godfathers of Turkey, the hashish cultivators of Marocco and the Ectasy brands of Holland and jap Europe. His medicinal drugs went all over the world, from the golf equipment of Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin to the golden seashores of Sydney.
This acclaimed and best-selling biography uncovers his meteoric upward thrust from road mugger to the richest and so much profitable British legal who has ver been stuck. It relates how the Liverpool mafia turned the UK's leading drug importers; tells how Warren survived gang war and the way he corrupted top-level cops; unveils the interior tale of the largest and such a lot winning British legislation enforcement operation ever undertaken; and divulges the explosive contents of the covert wiretaps that introduced his international empire crashing down.
Thoroughly revised and up to date, COCKY is a surprising perception into geared up crime and an enormous research right into a modern overseas drug baron.
'Compelling' - The Observer.
Shortlisted for the Macallan Gold Dagger for Crime Non-fiction.
By Douglas Newton
The centenary of the outbreak of the 1st global struggle will be venerated by way of a few as a superb second of nationwide heritage. however the ordinary heritage of Britain’s selection for battle is much from the reality. utilizing quite a lot of resources, together with the non-public papers of the various key figures, a few for the 1st time, historian Douglas Newton offers a brand new, dramatic narrative. He interleaves the tale of these urgent for a decision for conflict with the tale of these resisting Britain’s descent into calamity. He exhibits how the choice to visit battle used to be rushed, within the face of vehement competition, within the cupboard and Parliament, within the Liberal and Labour press, and within the streets. there has been no democratic determination for war.
The heritage of this competition has been mostly erased from the checklist, but it was once an important to what really occurred in August 1914. days prior to the assertion of battle 4 contributors of the cupboard resigned in protest on the battle party’s manipulation of the difficulty. the govt nearly disintegrated. in the meantime huge crowds accrued in Trafalgar sq. to listen to the case for neutrality and peace. but this cry used to be missed by way of the govt.. in the meantime, parts of the click, the overseas place of work, and the Tory competition sought to browbeat the govt. right into a quickly selection. Belgium had little to do with it.
The key selection to go into the conflict used to be made earlier than Belgium used to be invaded. these bellowing for hostilities have been longing for Britain to go into any conflict in harmony with Russia and France – for the longer term safeguard of the British Empire. particularly Newton exhibits how top Minister H. H. Asquith, overseas Minister Sir Edward gray, and primary Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill colluded to pre-empt the selections of cupboard, to govern the parliament, and to rush the kingdom towards intervention in anyway necessary.
From the Hardcover edition.