Commander in Chief: FDR's Battle with Churchill, 1943

by Nigel Hamilton

In the second instalment of his ground-breaking FDR at War trilogy, Nigel Hamilton tells the astonishing story of Roosevelt’s year-long, defining battle with Churchill, and chronicles the dramatic showdown between the two iconic leaders.

Commander in Chief reveals how Roosevelt battled with Churchill to maintain the Allied strategy that would go on to win the war – something Churchill suppressed in his own memoirs. Churchill initially backed FDR’s plans but then became fearful of a Normandy invasion and instead pushed for disastrous fighting in Italy, undermining the Allied command and testing FDR’s patience to the limit. Hamilton compellingly argues that, had Roosevelt not succeeded in putting down the Churchill revolt, the Allies might well have lost World War Two.

 

Baggage of Empire: Reporting politics and industry in the shadow of imperial decline

by Martin Adeney

Born into a generation who witnessed the twilight of the British Empire, Martin Adeney’s career as Industrial Correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph and Industrial Editor for the BBC gave him the perfect vantage point from which to observe the decline of the great British industries, the rise and fall of the trade unions and the ascension of Thatcherism and big business.

Adeney blends memoir and narrative history to describe the issues preoccupying the nation in the late ’60s and early ’70s, such as immigration, housing, social provision, education, industry and technology, all of which form the basis of our political dialogue today.

 

Going Nowhere: A Memoir

by Joan Ruddock

Going Nowhere is the fascinating story of Dame Joan Ruddock’s incredible life and political career. Born in the Welsh valleys, Ruddock rose to lead one of the largest protest movements in Britain in the twentieth century, before becoming the first ever full-time Minister for Women.

This touching, frank and good-humoured memoir details Dame Ruddock’s three consecutive shadow portfolios after her election to the Commons in 1987, chronicling the personal and professional trials and tribulations of one of our leading political figures, including being snubbed by Blair, and her successful back-bench campaigns opposing GMOs, championing the rights of Afghan women and changing the hours of the Commons. 

 

How to Be a Spin Doctor

by Paul Richards

Spin doctors are seldom out of the news for long. But who really understands what ‘spin’ is, or what spin doctors do? The media has moved on from a world where press officers carried piles of newspapers to the office each morning, when Twitter was what birds did and mobile phones were the size of bread loaves. Thank goodness Paul Richards is here to explain spin doctoring in a digital world.