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Andrew Adonis, Baron Adonis PC is a British Labour Party politician, academic and journalist who served in the UK government for five years as part of the Blair ministry and the Brown ministry.
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The Power Broker
Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
Robert A. Caro - 1975-07-12 (first published in 1974)
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One of the most acclaimed books of our time, winner of both the Pulitzer and the Francis Parkman prizes, The Power Broker tells the hidden story behind the shaping (and mis-shaping) of twentieth-century New York (city and state) and makes public what few have known: that Robert Moses was, for almost half a century, the single most powerful man of o...
Andrew Adonis
2022-05-09T07:27:07.000Z
If you’re interested in politics & cities, beg, borrow, steal to see this play. The Robert Caro book on which it’s based (“The Power Broker”) was a big influence on me as Transport Secretary on how to get things done. Except he wanted roads, I did railways      source
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Butler to the World
The Book the Oligarchs Don't Want You to Read - How Britain Helps the World's Worst People Launder Money, Commit Crimes, and Get Away with Anything
Oliver Bullough - 2022-06-14
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In his punchy follow-up to Moneyland, Oliver Bullough's Butler to the World unravels the dark secret of how Britain placed itself at the centre of the global offshore economy and at the service of the worst people in the world…...
Andrew Adonis
2022-03-11T17:27:16.000Z
Important book on how English high society became butlers to the oligarchs. Today the board members of Abramovich’s steel company Evraz resigned - including Sir Michael Peat, former private secretary to Prince Charles and treasurer to the Queen      source
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Snobs
A Novel
Julian Fellowes - 2012-05-08 (first published in 2004)
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From the creator of the Emmy Award-winning Downton Abbey..."The English, of all classes as it happens, are addicted to exclusivity. Leave three Englishmen in a room and they will invent a rule that prevents a fourth joining them."The best comedies of manners are often deceptively simple, seamlessly blending social critique with character and story....
Andrew Adonis
2021-08-11T07:19:51.000Z
Today’s book. Very insightful on the world of Boris Johnson and this generation of Etonians      source
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Dweller in Shadows
A Life of Ivor Gurney
Kate Kennedy - 2021-07-13
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The first comprehensive biography of an extraordinary English poet and composer whose life was haunted by fighting in the First World War and, later, confinement in a mental asylumIvor Gurney (1890-1937) wrote some of the most anthologized poems of the First World War and composed some of the greatest works in the English song repertoire, such as "...
Andrew Adonis
2021-07-15T10:37:03.000Z
Today’s book. Fascinating, tragic      source
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Checkmate in Berlin
The Cold War Showdown That Shaped the Modern World
Giles Milton - 2021-07-13
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From a master of popular history, the lively, immersive story of the race to seize Berlin in the aftermath of World War II as it’s never been told before BERLIN’S FATE WAS SEALED AT THE 1945 YALTA CONFERENCE: the city, along with the rest of Germany, was to be carved up among the victorious powers— the United States, Britain, France, and the Soviet...
Andrew Adonis
2021-05-18T06:23:04.000Z
Today’s book by ⁦@GilesMilton1⁩. The determination of Ernie Bevin, Labour’s great postwar Foreign Secretary, to prevent Stalin advancing into west Germany and then Western Europe was the critical backdrop to the successful defence of West Berlin after 1945      source
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Hard Choices
2021-05-13
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Andrew Adonis
2021-05-04T07:15:36.000Z
Really optimistic and forward looking book by ⁦@LordRickettsP⁩, ex-head of the diplomatic service. Brexit has been a setback: what we need now is ‘international cooperation and solidarity’, which is in Britain’s lifeblood, including a rebuilding of our relations with Europe      source
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Radical Wordsworth
The Poet Who Changed the World
Jonathan Bate - 2020-05-19
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On the 250th anniversary of Wordsworth’s birth comes a highly imaginative and vivid portrait of a revolutionary poet who embodied the spirit of his agePublished in time for the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth, this is the biography of a great poetic genius, a revolutionary who changed the world. Wordsworth rejoiced in the French Rev...
Andrew Adonis
2020-10-25T11:28:28.000Z
Today’s book. Jonathan Bate makes strong case for Wordsworth as in many ways the first modern Green - ‘Love of Nature leading to Love of Mankind’ being a dominant theme of The Prelude, which Coleridge said was ‘a sort of experience like the effect of lightening’      source
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Home Truths
The UK's chronic housing shortage - how it happened, why it matters and the way to solve it
Liam Halligan - 2019-11-05
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Housing is increasingly unaffordable in many parts of the UK, with prices and rents rising much faster than earnings because, over many decades, far too few homes have been built. Since the 2008 financial crisis, the homes shortage has become more acute sending housing affordability to the top of the political agenda. Combining analysis with report...
Andrew Adonis
2020-09-08T11:30:36.000Z
Today’s book - lots of interesting ideas on housing & planning by ⁦@LiamHalligan⁩. Liam is a fan of Henry George, as am I !      source
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In Command of History
Churchill Fighting and Writing the Second World War
David Reynolds - 2007-11-27 (first published in 2004)
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Winston Churchill fought the World War II twice over-first as Prime Minister during the war, and then later as the war's premier historian. From 1948-54, he published six volumes of memoirs. They secured his reputation and shaped our understanding of the conflict to this day. Drawing on the drafts of Churchill's manuscript as well as his correspond...
Andrew Adonis
2020-08-24T09:41:45.000Z
Today’s book. Re-reading it: my note inside says I first read it during the 2005 Labour party conference! A very great work of historical interpretation and recreation      source
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Hidden Hand
Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party is Reshaping the World
Clive Hamilton - 2020-06-09
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The Chinese Communist Party is determined to reshape the world in its image. The party is not interested in democracy. It sees only a bitter ideological struggle with the West, dividing the world into those who can be won over, and enemies. Many political and business elites have already been lured to their corner; others are weighing up a devil’s ...
Andrew Adonis
2020-08-03T09:03:15.000Z
Important new book on the Xi Jinping dictatorship      source
The Fall of the Red Wall by Steve Rayson
Shadow State by Luke Harding
Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski
Who Owns History? by Geoffrey Robertson Qc
The Anarchy by William Dalrymple
Appeasement by Tim Bouverie