Winter Is Coming
For readers of Putin’s People by Catherine Belton comes the stunning story of Russia’s slide back into a dictatorship led by Vladimir Putin – and how the world is now paying the price.
‘Brave, trenchant and convincing’ Sunday Times
‘Ferocious and unforgiving’ Financial Times
The ascension of Vladimir Putin – a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB – to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years – as America and the world’s other leading powers have continued to appease him – Putin has grown not only into a dictator but an international threat. With his vast resources and nuclear arsenal, Putin is at the centre of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order.
For Garry Kasparov, none of this is news. He has been a vocal critic of Putin for over a decade, even leading the pro-democracy opposition to him in the farcical 2008 presidential election. Yet years of seeing his Cassandra-like prophecies about Putin’s intentions fulfilled have left Kasparov with a darker truth: Putin’s Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of the world.
As Putin has grown ever more powerful, the threat he poses has grown from local to regional and finally to global. In this urgent book, Kasparov shows that the collapse of the Soviet Union was not an endpoint – only a change of seasons, as the Cold War melted into a new spring. But now, after years of complacency and poor judgement, winter is once again upon us.
Argued with the force of Kasparov’s world-class intelligence, conviction and hopes for his home country, Winter Is Coming reveals Putin for what he is: an existential danger hiding in plain sight.
In this fascinating and provocative book, David Willetts shows how the baby boomer generation has amassed unprecedented wealth and power at the expense of its children. Today’s young people will pay heavier taxes, work longer hours for less money and live in a vastly degraded environment in order to pay for their parents’ quality of life.
Worried about the world they are passing on to their children, baby boomers are taking note. But are they willing to make the sacrifices necessary for a more equal distribution of wealth and assets? The Pinch is an insightful look at one of the most pressing issues facing Britain today; this fully revised and updated edition is essential reading for parents and policymakers alike.
The Abolition Of Liberty
‘It’s fair to say that Peter Hitchens remains one of the most misrepresented figures in the British media… Hitchens is in reality one of the most thought-provoking and intelligent commentators on life in contemporary Britain‘ — Neil Clark, Spectator
From identification cards to how we protect our property, public debate rages over what our basic human rights are, and how they are to be protected.In this trenchant and provocative book Peter Hitchens sets out to show that popular views of these hotly contested issues – from crime and punishment to so-called ‘soft drugs’ – are based on mistaken beliefs, massaged figures and cheap slogans. His powerful and counter-intuitive conclusions make challenging reading for those on both the Left and the Right and are essential reading for all concerned with creating a lawful and peaceful society.The Abolition of Liberty argues that because of the misdemeanours of the few, the liberty of the many is seriously jeopardized.
‘The issues Hitchens is addressing are important and his willingness to challenge shibboleths is often illuminating … he is rightly scathing about attempts to deal with crime by raising the conviction rate.’ — John Willman, Financial Times
‘It is a pleasure to read a lucid polemic by a man who is so obviously more interested in the welfare of the common man than in the approbation of his peers’ Theodore Dalrymple, Sunday Telegraph‘[This book] should not be ignored… there are several pressing challenges to liberals and the left in particular.’ — Jonathan Freedland, Guardian
In this urgent and timely book, Vince Cable explains the causes of the world economic crisis and how we should respond to it. He shows that although the downturn is global, the complacency of the British government towards the huge ‘bubble’ in property prices and high levels of personal debt, combined with increasingly exotic trading within the financial markets, has left Britain badly exposed.
This paperback edition has been fully revised and updated to include Vince Cable’s latest assessment of the recession.
The Rise of the Outsiders
Intelligent, nuanced and wide-ranging, this is the essential handbook for understanding the chaotic political times in which we live.
In recent years, voters have deserted the political centre like never before. Whether it’s Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, or Corbyn, outsiders and populists are flourishing on the far left and far right.
Celebrated political commentator Steve Richards explores factors from globalization and fake news to rising immigration and stagnant wages. Richards argues that the reasons for the success of the outsider also sows the seeds of their eventual demise. If they do gain power, they inevitably become insiders themselves – and fail to live up to their extravagant promises.
This landmark book examines the rapidly shifting global political landscape of the last decade, and is essential reading for anyone who has been bothered by Brexit, troubled by Trump or confused by Corbyn.
No One Left to Lie To
In No One Left to Lie To, Christopher Hitchens portrays President Bill Clinton as one of the most ideologically skewed and morally negligent politicians of recent times. In a blistering polemic which shows that Clinton was at once philanderer and philistine, crooked and corrupt, Hitchens challenges perceptions – of liberals and conservatives alike – of this highly divisive figure.
With blistering wit and meticulous documentation, Hitchens masterfully deconstructs Clinton’s abject propensity for pandering to the Left while delivering to the Right and argues that the president’s personal transgressions were inseparable from his political corruption.
Paradise and Power
After years of mutual resentment and tension, there is a sudden recognition that the real interests of America and its allies are diverging sharply and that the transatlantic relationship itself has changed, possibly irreversibly. Europe sees the United States as high-handed, unilateralist, and recklessly belligerent; the United States sees Europe as spent, unserious and weak. The anger and mistrust on both sides are hardening into incomprehension.
In the influential journal Policy Review, the heavyweight commentator Robert Kagan analysed this impasse so incisively that each side was able to see themselves through the eyes of the other. Tracing the widely differing histories of America and Europe since the end of the Second World War, Kagan makes clear how Europe’s need to escape a bloody past has led to a new set of beliefs about conflict, power and threat, while at the same time, the United States has evolved into the guarantor of the European order by dint of its might and global reach. This remarkable analysis is already being discussed by governments from Washington to Tokyo. It is essential reading.
‘Come the hour, come the book… Kagan’s book is neither a diatribe nor a polemic. It is a penetrating effort to shed some light on the confusion in transatlanticaffairs and to understand why Americans and Europeans are so frequently talking past each other… it ranks with Fukuyama’s “The End of Civilization” and Huntingdon’s “The Clash of Civilizations”.’ Raymond Seitz, The Times
‘Compact and arresting… highly readable.’ Brendan Simms, Sunday Times
‘A very short book with a very big argument… Kagan’s book has been the talk of diplomatic circles’ Observer
‘There is a particular intellectual pleasure to be gained form the originality and clarity of Robert Kagan’s Paradise and Power… The originality of Mr Kagan’s work is not so much that it identifies the division in attitudes between America and Europe, which has now become so visible, it is the way he explains it.’ Economist
‘Anyone who wants to discover how Europe’s policy-makers look to Americans at this crucial moment should read this book.’ Stephen Robinson, Daily Telegraph
‘The most talked-about book of the year… Provocative… Paradise and Power is energising to read… Kagan’s book has been taken as a wake-up call for European leaders’ Mark Leonard, New Statesman‘Brilliant… one of the most penetrating and influential accounts of European-American relations in recent years.’ Timothy Garton Ash, Prospect
The Breaking of Nations
In this book, Robert Cooper sets out his radical interpretation of the new world order that has emerged from the debris of communism. It is an essential account of the times in which we live.
‘A fluent, stimulating and often original book’ Brendan Simms, Sunday Times
‘An excellent new analysis of the cracks in today’s geopolitical landscape.’Philip Stephens, Financial Times
‘Intelligent and stylish’ Robert Skidelsky, New Statesman‘A seminal work: a brilliant and successful attempt to bring intellectual order to the chaos of the twenty-first century.’ François Heisbourg, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Bring on the Apocalypse
‘A dazzling command of science and a relentless faith in people… I never miss reading him.’ — Naomi Klein
In these incendiary essays, George Monbiot tears apart the fictions of religious conservatives, the claims of those who deny global warming and the lies of the governments and newspapers that led us into war. He takes no prisoners, exposing government corruption in devastating detail while clashing with people as diverse as Bob Geldof, Ann Widdecombe and David Bellamy.
But alongside his investigative journalism, Monbiot’s book contains some remarkable essays about what it means to be human. Monbiot explores the politics behind Constable’s The Cornfield, shows how driving cars has changed the way we think and argues that eternal death is a happier prospect than eternal life.
The Stalking of Julia Gillard
‘Don’t write crap. Can’t be that hard. And when you have written complete crap, then I think you should correct it.’ Julia Gillard
When Julia Gillard took the reins of the Australian Labor Party on 24 June 2010 she did so with the goodwill of most of her party and a fawning Canberra press gallery. But when she announced in February 2011 that her government would introduce a carbon pricing scheme, Kevin Rudd and his small team of malcontents were already in lock-step with key Canberra and interstate journalists in a drive to push her out of the prime ministerial chair.
Never has a prime minister been so assiduously stalked. Cast as a political liar and policy charlatan, Julia Gillard was also mercilessly and relentlessly lampooned for her hair, clothes, accent, her arse, even the way she walks and talks.
This is the story about one of the most extraordinary episodes in recent Australian political history. It focuses on Team Rudd and the media’s treatment of its slow-death campaign of destabilisation, with its disastrous effect on Gillard and the government’s functioning. It is about a politician who was never given a fair go; not in the media, not by Rudd, not by some in her own caucus.