65 years have passed since a brilliant young art student set sail from Liverpool to fight Japanese aggression in the Far East. Captured on arrival in the chaotic fall of Singapore, Jack Chalker joined the 60,000 allied prisoners driven to the limits of human endurance in the slave labour camps of the infamous Burma Railway. "A sleeper laid for every life lost" ran the legend, and the author's brushes and paints, improvised with genius from the unlikeliest of sources, record not only the misery, squalor, savagery, heroism and fortitude of the prison camps, but also the horrific reality of disease, wounds and the ravages of starvation.Unseen for nearly three generations, the drawings in this book, accompanied by Chalker's own commentary, occupy an enthralling niche in the chronicling of the Second World War. As an historical document, a medical record, and a tribute to the memory of the thousands who lost their lives, "Burma Railway" is a profoundly moving document, exquisite in its detail, unique in its honesty.It features over 100 full colour illustrations and photographs. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780955712708 20160604
In this study, Peter Hennessy explores the formal powers of the Prime Minister and how each incumbent has made the job his or her own. Drawing on access to many of the leading figures, as well as the key civil servants and journalists of each period, Hennessy has built up a picture of the hidden nexus of influence and patronage surrounding the office. From recently declassified archival material he reconstructs precise prime ministerial attitudes towards the key issues of peace and war. He concludes with a controversial assessment of the relative performance of each Prime Minister since 1945 and a new specification for the premiership, as it enters its fourth century. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780713993400 20160528
Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, VT : Ashgate, c1998.
Book — 176 p. ; 23 cm.
Fabianism and feminism - the political economy of everyday life - Peter Beilharz-- Fabianism, Peter Beilharz-- the Webbs and the rights of women, Chris Nyland and Gaby Ramia-- Beatrice Webb and the New Statesman papers, Chris Nyland-- Beatrice Webb and the Fabian Women's Group, Chris Nyland and Mark Rix-- Beatrice Webb and the national standard for manual handling, Chris Nyland and Di Kelly-- Fabianism and Marxism - sociology and political economy, Peter Beiharz.
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This study explores the understanding of fabianism of both the Webbs and the Fabian Women's Group, and how this understanding shaped their views regarding such gender-centred issues as the family wage; protective labour law; and women's place in the welfare state, the home, and the labour market. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9781840143072 20160527
Book — xix, 203 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
This is the autobiography of John Cairncross, the man who gave the Russians the decrypt of the ENIGMA code, thus enabling them to win the battle of Kursk and turning the war against the Germans. It reveals why he turned to espionage, what data he passed on and how MI5 finally tracked him down. (source: Nielsen Book Data) 9780712678841 20160528
In 1978, fresh out of Oxford, Timothy Garton Ash set out for Berlin to see what he could learn from the divided city about freedom and despotism. As he moved from west to east - from Berlin glamour to Berlin danger - the East German secret police, the so-called Stasi, was compiling a secret file on his activities, monitoring his Berlin days and nights and tracking his growing involvement with the Solidarity movement in Poland. Fifteen years later, with the wall torn down and Berlin now unified, Garton Ash visited Stasi headquarters to find his file. The thick dossier he was given forms the basis for this real-life thriller in which he traces and confronts the German friends and acquaintances who informed on him, and the officers who hired them. Behind Stasi reports of suspicious meetings we discover the love affairs, friendships, and formative intellectual encounters that actually occurred. And behind a baffling web of lies, half-truths, and forgotten stories we find a 40-year-old man spying on his younger self. (source: Nielsen Book Data)