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’.
Order today for a signed copy
How Do We Fix This Mess?, by Robert Peston. Hodder & Stoughton,
‘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’.
to Politicos.co.uk customers for £15.99
A History of the
World, by Andrew Marr. Macmillan,
‘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,
‘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’.