The political books you need to own right now

By Holly Smith, Tue 16th Oct 2012

It's been a great few weeks for political publishing, with books from top journalists and politicians. Here's the Politicos.co.uk roundup of everything you shouldn't have missed...

Last Man Standing, by Jack Straw. Macmillan, £20
‘As a small boy in Epping Forest, Jack Straw could never have imagined that one day he would become Britain's Lord Chancellor. Yet he spent 13 years and 11 days in government, including long and influential spells as Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary. This is the story of how he got there’.
Available to Politicos.co.uk customers for £15.99

Edwina Currie: Diaries Volume II. Biteback, £20
‘Honest, compulsive and of the moment, this collection covers her life in Parliament up to the election of Blair’s Labour government, but more importantly sees Edwina’s emergence as a mainstay in the public imagination, first as a bestselling author, then as a commentator, broadcaster, presenter and performer’.
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How Do We Fix This Mess?, by Robert Peston. Hodder & Stoughton, £20
‘How do we get through this difficult period of transition to a more sustainable economy, one based on investment and exports, rather than on borrowing and consumption? With the same probing lucidity he brought to Who Runs Britain?, Robert Peston takes us step-by-step towards a common sense way to fix this mess’.
Available to Politicos.co.uk customers for £15.99


A History of the World,
by Andrew Marr. Macmillan, £20

‘Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents, and old prejudices are challenged. In this truly global journey Andrew  Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less  familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean’.
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Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story
, by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Simon & Schuster, £20

‘Total Recall is the unbelievably true story of Arnold Schwarzenegger's life. Born in the small city of Thal, Austria, in 1947, he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21. Within ten years, he was a millionaire businessman. After twenty years, he was the world's biggest movie star.  In 2003, he was Governor of California and a household name around the world’.

Interventions: A Life in War and Peace, by Kofi Annan. Allen Lane, £25
‘Over forty years of service to the United Nations – the last ten as Secretary-General – Kofi Annan has been at the centre of the major geopolitical events of our time. As much a memoir as a guide to world order, Interventions provides a unique, behind-the-scenes view of global diplomacy during one of the most tumultuous periods in UN history’.