Compelling Ideas Expressed at Their Natural Length
On honeymoon in Africa, journalist Andrew Riley meets a trophy hunter from Texas. Sensing the prospect for a timely feature article, Andrew hires a local guide to show how lions are tracked down in the remote borders of north Tanzania, and soon finds his investigations turning dangerous – but not because of the lions. A gripping and highly topical adventure from the author of the best-selling Kindle Single, The Candidate.
Two historic battles, a century apart, each saving a nation from destruction. Had the Union lost at Gettysburg, the United States would not exist today; if the battle for Golan had not been won, the state of Israel would have been overrun by its enemies. Lieutenant Colonel Barry Spielman explores the remarkable similarities between the two battles in a gripping blow-by-blow account. Highly recommended.
Arthur Charles was a POW of the Japanese on the island of Java in World War II. In this personal account of his captivity, he describes the amazing resilience of his fellow prisoners, and their stoicism, humour, and quiet defiance in the face of mistreatment and constant humiliation. Charles himself suffered terribly, and only just escaped death from a firing squad. A remarkable memoir.
When the Incas fled the Spanish conquistadors in the 16h Century, they made a last stand in the city of Espíritu Pampa, deep in the steamy Amazon jungle. Four centuries later two noted explorers (and their trusty mule) make the arduous trek to the ‘Last City of the Incas’. A fascinating account of a remarkable journey. Highly recommended.
The great philosopher Plato never had the chance to put his ideas into action –until he was persuaded to travel to Syracuse and counsel Dionysius the Younger, feckless heir to a crumbling empire. During the ensuing years, Plato made further trips to help his headstrong pupil, but turning ideals into reality proved agonizingly difficult – and dangerous. A remarkable account of a little-known historical episode. Highly recommended.
Society Immigration tops the British political agenda, with all the parties competing to talk tough. Barbara Roche, a former Immigration Minister, and the writer Robert Winder take a different approach, arguing that immigration constitutes a lifeline for the British economy, and a welcome infusion of new blood for British society. A thought-provoking account that sees immigration as an opportunity rather than a problem.
Essays & Ideas
Sir Winston Churchill always maintained that World War II could have been avoided – if the world had stood up sooner to Nazi Germany. In this fascinating study of the pre-War years, the noted historian Richard Langworth argues that Hitler certainly could have been stopped – but that even Churchill did not do enough to stop him.
What is Christmas like for the Queen? What kind of presents does she get, and who receives her Christmas cards? Does she wear a silly hat at lunch or pull crackers with her guests–and does she watch herself address the nation on television after lunch? The veteran royal correspondent Brian Hoey supplies the answers in a fascinating account of Christmas with the Royals.
The World Stage
Kindle Single: The World Stage After the fall of Communism twenty-five years ago, a new world started to take shape, especially in the Middle East. Attempts to explain why democracy is failing to take root there are doomed without an understanding of asabiyyah, the "group feeling" defined six centuries ago by the Arab historian Ibn Khaldun as the necessary building block for human progress. A fascinating analysis of Islam and democracy, and the damaging misunderstandings between the two.
The Sciences The 1960s remain famous for their social and cultural revolutions, but colossal changes were also occurring in science. The writer Tim Radford describes how little-known advances in plate tectonics, cosmology (proof of the Big Bang), satellite communications, and the development of smallpox vaccines transformed the world–and our understanding of it. A fascinating account of a 'hidden revolution.'
Arts & Entertainment
By 1965 the Beatles had become the biggest act on earth. As they started a third tour of America, they played their inaugural concert in an unprecedented venue – New York’s Shea Stadium – before thousands of near-hysterical fans. The Shea concert became a watershed of the 1960s, as James Woodall describes in this fascinating account of a climactic year for the greatest pop band the world has known.
Prince George will grow up knowing what few other people do – his future. He will become the King of England sometime later this century, and every aspect of his life has been contemplated, and planned; the Royal Household has even made arrangements for his funeral. It’s already been ordained what school he will attend, which university, what sports he will play, and what friends he will be allowed to make. Brian Hoey reports on the making of the future king of England.