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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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...
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
Andrew AdonisMay 18, 2021
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
Andrew AdonisMay 04, 2021
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
Andrew AdonisOct 25, 2020
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...
Today’s book - lots of interesting ideas on housing & planning by @LiamHalligan. Liam is a fan of Henry George, as am I ! – source
Andrew AdonisSep 08, 2020
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
Andrew AdonisAug 24, 2020
Important new book on the Xi Jinping dictatorship – source
Andrew AdonisAug 03, 2020
Geoffrey Robertson QC examines the debate of ownership surrounding the Elgin Marbles, and goes on to describe a system for the return of cultural property based on human rights law principles that are being developed by the courts. An exploration of how the past can be experienced by everyone, as well as by the people of the country of origin....
The end of censorship in Britain. A wonderful story of the seminal Lady Chatterly trial of 1960, in Geoffrey Robertson’s fascinating ‘Who Owns History’, a seminal book on the politics of culture – source
Andrew AdonisAug 03, 2020
Today’s book. Mesmerising – source
Andrew AdonisAug 02, 2020
‘Putin, an intelligence officer in east Germany in the 1980s, turned himself into today’s Czar by means of kleptomania & techniques of international destabilisation inherited from the Soviet Union. It is brilliantly described in @lukeharding1968’s new book Shadow State’ – source
Andrew AdonisJul 24, 2020
Why did thousands of lifelong Labour voters in the party’s heartland seats abandon the party in the 2019 General Election? Simple explanations like ‘Brexit’ and ‘Corbyn’ dramatically underestimate the importance of longer term trends, and the changing public narrative in these communities. This is the story of one of the most remarkable shifts in...
Labour should move its HQ to the Midlands or North: eg Birmingham New Street, in the space about to be vacated by John Lewis closing. Vital Keir Starner & team are based out of London Every Labour strategist should also read @steverayson’s compelling new book on the Red Wall – source
Andrew AdonisJul 13, 2020
Anyone who thinks there’s much good to say about the British Empire should read @DalrympleWill’s brilliant book on the East India Company. A long tale of plunder, extortion, war & murder Maybe the ‘dominions’ are different, but not for indigenous peoples of Australia & N Zealand – source
Andrew AdonisJan 06, 2020
Appeasement by Tim Bouverie