Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Frank Ledwidge

Contemporary British army performances in Iraq and Afghanistan were broadly obvious as - at most sensible - disappointing: lower than British keep an eye on, Basra degenerated right into a lawless urban whereas Helmand province has witnessed heavy civilian and army casualties. This booklet examines how British involvement in either campaigns has long gone so badly.

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Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

Jonathan quick is healthier remembered this day because the writer of Gulliver’s Travels, the satiric delusion that fast turned a vintage and has remained in print for almost 3 centuries. but quick additionally wrote many different influential works, was once an immense political and spiritual determine in his time, and have become a countrywide hero, liked for his fierce protest opposed to English exploitation of his local eire. what's rather identified at the present time concerning the enigmatic guy at the back of those accomplishments? Can the proof of his lifestyles be separated from the fictions?

during this deeply researched biography, Leo Damrosch attracts on discoveries revamped the previous thirty years to inform the tale of Swift’s lifestyles anew. Probing holes within the present 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 permitted until eventually recently—was intentionally deceptive. fast hid points of himself and his relationships, and people in his existence helped to maintain his secrets.

Assembling suggestive clues, Damrosch re-narrates the occasions of Swift’s lifestyles whereas making vibrant the attractions, sounds, and scents of his English and Irish surroundings.Through his personal phrases and people of a large circle of buddies, a posh rapid emerges: a stressed, combative, empathetic determine, a guy of biting wit and strong brain, and an incredible determine within the historical past of global letters.

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A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Diaries

By Tony Benn

In this ultimate quantity of diaries, Tony Benn displays at the compensations and the risks of outdated age

Tony Benn is the longest serving MP within the historical past of the exertions get together. He left the British Parliament in 2001, after greater than part a century in the home of Commons, to commit extra time to politics. A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine chronicles either the general public and the non-public occasions of the decade of his existence in Westminster and his "retirement" thereafter. masking the increase and fall of latest exertions, Tony's tireless campaigning opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his passionate dedication to encouraging public debate and demonstrations, this quantity additionally offers an perception into the problems of aging, the devastating influence of his spouse Caroline's dying, and his personal failing health.

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Workers and Trade Unions for Climate Solidarity: Tackling climate change in a neoliberal world

This e-book is a theoretically wealthy and empirically grounded account of united kingdom alternate union engagement with weather switch over the past 3 a long time. It bargains a rigorous critique of the mainstream neoliberal and ecological modernisation ways, extending the options of Marxist social and employment family concept to the weather realm. The e-book applies insights from employment kin to the political economic system of weather switch, constructing a version for knowing alternate union behaviour over weather concerns. The robust interdisciplinary technique attracts jointly classes from either actual and social technological know-how, supplying an unique empirical research into the weather politics of the united kingdom exchange union circulate from excessive point officers right down to place of work weather representatives, from problems with weather jobs to staff’ weather action.

This ebook may be of significant curiosity to scholars and researchers in environmental politics, weather switch and environmental sociology.

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Visions of Glory, 1874-1932 (The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 1)

By William Manchester

William Manchester met Winston Churchill on January 24, 1953. Their come across at the Queen Mary sparked an severe interest in Manchester that may ultimately lead to his vintage three-volume magnum opus The final Lion.

In this, the 1st quantity, we stick with Churchill from his delivery to 1932, whilst he started to warn opposed to the remilitarization of Germany. Born of a stunning, wanton American mom and a proficient yet risky son of a duke, his early life used to be one in every of wretched forget. He sought glory at the battlefields of Cuba, Sudan, India, South Africa and the trenches of France. In Parliament he was once the major strength in the back of the production of Iraq and Jordan, laid the foundation for the beginning of Israel, and negotiated the independence of the Irish unfastened country. but, as Chancellor of the Exchequer he plunged England into monetary hindrance, and his fruitless try to suppress Gandhi's quest for Indian independence introduced political chaos to Britain.

Throughout, Churchill realized the teachings that might organize him for the hurricane to come back, and because the 1930's begun, he readied himself for the arrival conflict opposed to Nazism--an evil the realm had by no means prior to noticeable.

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The End of Tolerance: Racism in 21st Century Britain

By Arun Kundnani

'Before you could remedy an issue you might want to realize it. Arun Kundnani not just knows the roots and ramifications of latest racism yet explains it sincerely, linking the neighborhood, the worldwide, the political and the cultural. An incisive booklet at a decisive moment.' Gary Younge 'An illuminating research of the historical improvement of British racism, and the way this has developed into the present debates concerning the demonisation of immigrants, asylum-seekers, Muslims, the conflict on terror, segration, assimilation, multi-culturalism and Britishness.' Herman Ouseley, former Chair of the fee for Racial Equality 'Kundnani expertly dismantles the racism informing a lot of present political discourse. this can be a massive contribution to the fight opposed to racism.' Councillor Salma Yaqoob, Vice-Chair of admire 'Kundnani courses us in the course of the heritage and origins of the nebulous sorts of modern "new" racism, putting monetary and political exploitation again on the center of the difficulty. a useful e-book for complicated times.' John Pandit, member of Asian Dub origin 'Cutting in the course of the media-hyped public hysteria on concerns round multiculturalism Kundnani has produced a hugely obtainable and useful historic research of racism shaping modern policy-making.' Ruhul Tarafder, 1990 belief Is Britain changing into a extra racist society? Arun Kundnani appears in the back of the media hysteria to teach how multicultural Britain is less than assault by means of govt guidelines and vitriolic press campaigns that play upon worry and inspire racism. Exacerbated by way of the assaults of 11th of September and 7/7, Kundnani argues new type of racism is rising that's in keeping with a scientific failure to appreciate the motives of compelled migration, international terrorism and social segregation. the result's a weather of hatred, in particular opposed to Muslims and asylum seekers, and the erosion of the human rights of these whose cultures and values are perceived a

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Great Victorian Railway Journeys: How Modern Britain Was Built by Victorian Steam Power

The ideal spouse to Bradshaw's advisor e-book. Showcasing in color all that's nice approximately Bradshaw's advisor. nice British Railway trips has been a highly profitable television programme, that is now into its 3rd sequence on BBC2. a lot as Michael Palin outfitted up a committed fan base for commute world wide, so Michael Portillo has performed likewise for enthusiasts of trains in his explorations the size and breadth of the uk from the window of a teach seat. either captivating and insightful, Michael back makes use of Bradshaw's publications, and now undertakes 5 particular trips that have been built by way of the Victorians from 1830-1900. throughout 25 episodes he delves into this attention-grabbing and vibrant interval of our heritage, and exhibit how the trendy British panorama used to be produced from this Victorian legacy. From Windsor to Weymouth, nice Yarmouth to London, Oxford to Milford Haven, Berwick to Barrow, and eventually Dublin to Belfast - Michael will return in time to show off components of remarkable Victorian engineering and layout throughout Queen Victoria's dominions. Key components of the programme and tie-in publication will exhibit how the world's first actual fixed-track educate in Merthyr Tydfil operated; how the world's first electrical teach provider ran in Southend to its well-known pier; and he additionally celebrates the big variety of strains that spread out alternate and mobility to the Victorian sessions. vacationing on a number of current, and now and again restored, Victorian educate traces, he meets their passionate supporters who lovingly paintings on them, and likewise seems to be on the glossy panorama to inform the tale of the way each one zone used to be formed by way of their Victorian forebears. Lavishly produced, this may once more be a 'must have' buy for all teach enthusiasts, in addition to those that easily are looking to discover their background and what's now on hand to view and trip upon within the twenty first century to move them again in time.

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Distilling the Frenzy: Writing the History of Our Times

By Peter Hennessy

Britain's major modern historian revisits the grand subject matters that experience run via sleek Britain, together with the abiding developments of the post-war era—Britain's chronic impulse to punch good above its weight on the planet and the secrecy that has too usually surrounded country affairs.

In Distilling the Frenzy a heavyweight of British scholarship lays undergo the historian's artwork for all to work out, incorporating components of autobiography that provides the publication a poignancy missing in different grand ancient works. this can be the tale of Britain's century during the eyes of its so much celebrated chronicler.

Peter Hennessy is the Attlee professor of latest British background at Queen Mary, college of London.

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Jennie Lee: A Life

By Patricia Hollis

First released in 1997, Patricia Hollis's biography of the pioneering Labour MP Jennie Lee (1904-1988) gained either the Wolfson heritage Prize and the Orwell Prize. it's the definitive research of this impressive girl, her stormy political occupation, and her marriage to Aneurin Bevan. In a brand new preface to this variation Hollis provides insights into Lee's lifestyles which emerged next to first booklet, and in addition attracts on her personal event as a Labour Minister from 1997-2005.

'Lee's lives and loves, passions and drives are fantastically and admittedly explored in Patricia Hollis's compelling book.' THES

'Superbly researched, engrossingly written, scrupulously honest.' Gerald Kaufman, day-by-day Telegraph

'What makes it really interesting is the author's personal first-hand wisdom of politics and of the Labour movement.' TLS

'One of the easiest political biographies of contemporary years' Alan Watkins, New Statesman

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Wild Coast: An Exploration of the Places Where Land Meets Sea

By Marianne Taylor

This publication is a party of the flora and fauna and landscapes of Britain's most crucial flora and fauna habitats—those that make up our beach. Sheer limestone crags resound with the voices of hundreds of thousands of bickering seabirds; never-ending acres of estuarine dust are choked with squirming invertebrates that maintain hundreds of thousands of wading birds. In among are the unbelievable chalk outcrops of the south coast with excellent floral groups at the clifftop meadows, shingle shores the place terns and plovers disguise their eggs one of the stones, and dune platforms certain including marram grass and aiding a different and fragile surroundings. Rocky shorelines harbour microcosms of marine lifestyles while the backing out tide leaves rockpools uncovered for our exploration, or even the rowdiest beach cities have their very own detailed natural world along the wild nightlife. Grand-scale color images convey the wild coast and its population to lifestyles, whereas the textual content tells you what you'll see and the place, from Land's finish to John O'Groats through the scenic direction. superbly illustrated with color images and authoritative textual content, this e-book is a party of the wilder points of the UK's coasts.

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