- Random house uk
- 6 Septembre 2018
''A brilliant work of narrative nonfiction'' - Booklist ''Matt Taibbi is one of the few journalists in America who speaks truth to power'' - Bernie Sanders ''A searing expose'' - Kirkus Review ''Taibbi may be the only political writer in America that matters'' - Hartford Advocate The incredible story of the death of Eric Garner, the birth of the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement and the new fault lines of race, protest, policing and the power of the people. On July 17, 2014, a forty-three-year-old black man named Eric Garner died in New York after a police officer put him in a "chokehold" during an arrest for selling bootleg cigarettes. The final moments of his life were captured on video and seen by millions - his agonised last words, ''I can''t breathe,'' becoming a rallying cry for the nascent Black Lives Matter protest movement. Matt Taibbi, bestselling author and ''the best polemic journalist in America'', tells the full story of the man who inspired a movement - neither villain nor victim, but a fiercely proud individual determined to do the best he could for his family. Featuring vivid vignettes of life on the street, this powerful narrative of urban America is a riveting work of literary journalism and a scathing indictment of law enforcement in the twenty-first century. I Can''t Breathe tells the story of one man to tell the story of countless others, and the power of people to rise up against injustice.
An entertaining and eye-opening look at the French Revolution, by Stephen Clarke, author of 1000 Years of Annoying the French and A Year in the Merde . The French Revolution and What Went Wrong looks back at the French Revolution and how it''s surrounded in a myth. In 1789, almost no one in France wanted to oust the king, let alone guillotine him. But things quickly escalated until there was no turning back. The French Revolution and What Went Wrong looks at what went wrong and why France would be better off if they had kept their monarchy.
HMS Erebus was one of the great exploring ships, a veteran of groundbreaking expeditions to the ends of the Earth.
In 1848, it disappeared in the Arctic, its fate a mystery. In 2014, it was found.
This is its story.
____________________________________ 'Beyond terrific. I didn't want it to end.' - Bill Bryson ____________________________________ Michael Palin - Monty Python star and television globetrotter - brings the remarkable Erebus back to life, following it from its launch in 1826 to the epic voyages of discovery that led to glory in the Antarctic and to ultimate catastrophe in the Arctic.
The ship was filled with fascinating people: the dashing and popular James Clark Ross, who charted much of the 'Great Southern Barrier'; the troubled John Franklin, whose chequered career culminated in the Erebus's final, disastrous expedition; and the eager Joseph Dalton Hooker, a brilliant naturalist - when he wasn't shooting the local wildlife dead.
Vividly recounting the experiences of the men who first set foot on Antarctica's Victoria Land, and those who, just a few years later, froze to death one by one in the Arctic ice, beyond the reach of desperate rescue missions, Erebus is a wonderfully evocative account of a truly extraordinary adventure, brought to life by a master explorer and storyteller.
____________________________________ 'This is an incredible book. I couldn't put it down. The Erebus story is the Arctic epic we've all been waiting for.' - Nicholas Crane 'One robust little tub of a boat, two death-defying voyages to the ends of the earth. Palin has given us a fascinating account of extraordinary courage' - Charlotte Gray, author of The Promise of Canada: People and Ideas that Shaped Our Country 'What more could a reader ask for? Fascinating mystery, chilling adventure, compelling characters ... simply terrific writing by Michael Palin.' - Roy MacGregor, author of Original Highways: Travelling the Great Rivers of Canada 'Michael Palin is a cracking good companion on this journey of ambition, longing, triumph and tragedy... the age of adventure lives on' - Alanna Mitchell, author of The Spinning Magnet: The Force that Created the Modern World and Could Destroy It
Danton: Gentle Giant of Terror In this new biography, David Lawday, author of the acclaimed Napoleon's Master, a life of Talleyrand, turns his focus to the life of Georges-Jacques Danton, tragic hero incarnate.
A beefy six-foot bull of a man, with a rude farmyard face to match, Danton was destined to bring a violent end to an absolute monarchy that had ruled for a thousand years.But it was not his alarming physique that placed him at the head of the Revolution.His weapon of revolt was his voice - a perpetual roll of thunder that spurred men to action without his quite knowing where he intended to drive them.To hear Danton was to hear the heartbeat of revolution.Together with the puritanical Robespierre - his rival to death and in most every way his opposite - Danton brought about something rare in history:a change in the human social order.The reckless ride from monarchy to republic was a mass social revolution that upended the most populous country in Europe - an upheaval so uniquely radical in spirit that formed the root - if not quite of that liberty and equality its makers dreamed of - at least of the liberal, democratic society in which a good part of the world is fairly content to live today.What manner of man makes such stupendous things happen?
With prose that is immediate and engaging, Lawday examines the personalities and the associations that inspired and fuelled te Revolution.The power of Danton's oratory, and his charismatic appeal, led him to the centre of power at the height of a period of turbulent change.But he was to become a victim of Revolution himself, facing the guillotine - defiant to the end - at the age of thirty-four.
- Random house uk
- 10 Novembre 2016
A Financial Times book of the year ''a first draft of the history of the Obama years'' Financial Times ''full of compelling narrative and telling anecdotes'' Sunday Times ''well-researched and engaging'' The Financial Times ''outstanding'' Washington Post ''one of the best reporters working in Washington today'' Jane Mayer ''incredibly important... timely and deeply revelatory'' Kai Bird ''vivid, page-turning'' Michael Beschloss As Donald Trump becomes the new American president, we are on the point of a major debate about America''s role in the world. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were rivals who became partners for a time, trailblazers who shared a common sense of their historic destiny but different instincts about how to project power. While Obama and Hillary tussled over foreign policy questions, their relationship has created the context that Trump will inherit. Mark Landler, White House correspondent for the New York Times , offers a deeply reported, first-hand account of the Obama administration and gives us a different way to think about the relationship between Obama and Hillary that shaped the US over the last eight years. With all the sweep of a grand history, enlivened by an insider''s access, dozens of interviews, and breaking news, ALTER EGOS is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand these two supremely ambitious figures, and the storm-tossed world of modern politics.
- Random house uk
- 6 Septembre 2018
From UFOs to the New World Order, the inside story of how conspiracy theories won over America.
When Donald Trump entered the White House in January 2017, America's sprawling network of conspiracy theorists suddenly gained a powerful ally. Over the years, Trump had schmoozed with everyone from climate change deniers to anti-vax campaigners. Suddenly, to understand the USA, you needed to understand conspiracies.
In Republic of Lies, investigative journalist Anna Merlan goes deep inside this secretive world and unearths its most bizarre, enthralling and disconcerting stories. She heads over to America's top UFO conference, where she encounters the man who says he once went to Mars with a young Barack Obama. She speaks with the 'pizzagate' truthers who believe that Washington D.C.'s favourite pizzeria is run by a satanic paedophile ring. And she has a run-in with the controversial YouTuber and media impresario Alex Jones, who has said the state is using chemical warfare to turn the population gay - and who happens to be on first-name terms with the president of the United States.
Merlan's discoveries raise timely and troubling questions for us all. What happens when conspiracy theories go mainstream - and what impact does it have on the news that is actually true? Why are so many of us prepared to believe half-truths and outright lies? And might understanding conspiracy theories be the key to explaining the political upheavals of our age?
How do you keep fighting in the face of unimaginable horror? Witold Pilecki was anÿincredible Second World War heroÿwhoÿinfiltratedÿAuschwitz,ÿassassinatedÿNazi guards, escaped and spread newsÿof the Holocaust to the Allied Powers. This is the untold story of one of the greatest heroes of the Second World War, and a gripping story of defiance, rebellion and escape from a Nazi death camp.