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Duncan Weldon is a former political advisor and journalist. He was appointed as BBC Newsnight's Economics and Business editor in 2014. Weldon joined the Labour Party at age 18.
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The Brothers York
A Royal Tragedy
Thomas Penn - Jun 16, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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Vicious battles, powerful monarchs, and royal intrigue abound in this “gripping, complex, and sensational” (Hilary Mantel) true story of the War of the Roses—a struggle among three brothers, two of whom became kings, and the inspiration for Shakespeare’s renowned play, Richard III. In 15th-century England, two royal families, the House of York and ...
Duncan Weldon
May 03, 2021
And is another excuse to plug The Brothers York. One of the best books I’ve read in the last few years.      source
How the War Was Won
Air-Sea Power and Allied Victory in World War II (Cambridge Military Histories)
Phillips Payson O'Brien - Feb 12, 2015
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World War II is usually seen as a titanic land battle, decided by mass armies, most importantly those on the Eastern Front. Phillips Payson O'Brien shows us the war in a completely different light. In this compelling new history of the Allied path to victory, he argues that in terms of production, technology and economic power, the war was far more...
Duncan Weldon
Mar 13, 2021
Thread. I’m not sure I’d go as far. But this is a *fascinating* line of argument. And do read @PhillipsPOBrien book: Or the summary of the argument (free):      source
Britain at Bay
The Epic Story of the Second World War, 1938-1941 (KNOPF)
Alan Allport - Nov 03, 2020
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A sweeping, groundbreaking epic that combines military with social history, to illuminate the ways in which Great Britain and its people were permanently transformed by the Second World War.Here is the many-faceted, world-historically signficant story of Britain at war. In looking closely at the military and political dimensions of the conflict, Al...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 28, 2020
And a fantastic discussion between @Alan_Allport & @daniel_todman (author of my other favourite recent book on WW2 and Britain) is available here:      source
The Rise and Fall of the British Nation
A Twentieth-Century History
David Edgerton - Jun 27, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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'Forget almost everything you thought you knew about Britain ... You will not find a better informed history' David Goodhart, Evening Standard'A striking new perspective on our past' Piers Brendon, Literary ReviewFrom the acclaimed author of...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 27, 2020
@frederick65 Big fan of that book.      source
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Aaron Bastani
The Russian Empire and Its Rivals
Dominic Lieven - Mar 01, 2001 (first published in 2000)
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How does one empire differ from another? Why do empires rise and fall? What has made empires flourish in some eras and regions of the world but not in others? In this broad and ambitious book, Dominic Lieven explores the place and meaning of empire from ancient Rome to the present.The central focus of the book is Russia, and the rise and fall of th...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 16, 2020
@lottelydia Empire is one my favourite books. And the introduction, on how a historian of Tsarist Russia ended up teaching comparative government at the LSE, is excellent.      source
A Novel
Robert Harris - Sep 05, 2006 (first published in 1991)
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Fatherland is set in an alternative world where Hitler has won the Second World War. It is April 1964 and one week before Hitler's 75th birthday. Xavier March, a detective of the Kriminalpolizei, is called out to investigate the discovery of a dead body in a lake near Berlin's most prestigious suburb.As March discovers the identity of the body, he ...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 16, 2020
@shashj Exceptionally good book. And nice looking accompanying beverage.      source
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Brian Koppelman
Arts and Minds
How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation
Anton Howes - May 12, 2020
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A major new history of the extraordinary society that has touched all aspects of British lifeFrom its beginnings in a coffee house in the mid-eighteenth century, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has tried to improve British life in every way imaginable. It has sought to influence how Britons work, how they ...
Duncan Weldon
Dec 14, 2020
Strong endorse. An excellent - and relatively quick - read. I was suspicious of a book on just the RSA: it sounded very narrow. But it’s not. It’s a book about the idea of improvement, about public policy and about invention. And Anton writes beautifully. A pleasure to read.      source
American Ulysses
A Life of Ulysses S. Grant
Ronald C. White - Jun 06, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From the author of A. Lincoln, a major new biography of one of America's greatest generals--and most misunderstood presidentsFinalist for the Gilder-Lehrman Military History Book Prize In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the "Trinity of Great American Leaders....
Duncan Weldon
Dec 07, 2020
Book recommendation: American Ulysses by Ronald White. Absolutely superb biography of President Grant. Who is a fascinating character.      source
Vermeer's Hat
The Seventeenth Century and the Dawn of the Global World
Timothy Brook - Jan 02, 2009 (first published in 2005)
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In this critical darling Vermeer's captivating and enigmatic paintings become windows that reveal how daily life and thought-from Delft to Beijing--were transformed in the 17th century, when the world first became global.A Vermeer painting shows a military officer in a Dutch sitting room, talking to a laughing girl. In another canvas, fruit spills ...
Duncan Weldon
Jul 22, 2020
And it reminds me of Vermeer’s Hat. Which is one of my favourite history books of all time. A look at global trade and connections in the 17th century as told through a half dozen Vermeer paintings.      source
The Sleepwalkers
How Europe Went to War in 1914
Christopher Clark - Mar 18, 2014
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The moments that it took Gavrilo Princip to step forward to the stalled car and shoot dead Franz Ferdinand and his wife were perhaps the most fateful of the modern era. An act of terrorism of staggering efficiency, it fulfilled its every aim: it would liberate Bosnia from Habsburg rule and it created a powerful new Serbia, but it also brought down ...
Duncan Weldon
Aug 22, 2019
@Gilesyb Sleepwalkers? Excellent book. But I always think it’s also a great example of historical writing reflecting contemporary events. The emphasis on Serbian expansion and cross border terror feels very post 1990s and post 9/11.      source
How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
Adam Tooze - Aug 27, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Duncan Weldon
Jun 24, 2018
I’ve read Crashed and it’s fantastic (review out next month). This is really useful framing. The financial crisis might seem like an unusual “next book” after Adam’s history of 1916-1931 (The Deluge)- but capital flows sit at the heart of both of them.      source
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Joe Weisenthal