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Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma

Blood Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma

THIS is my latest book, the result of five years’ worth of living and working in South-East Asia, based in Singapore. I arrived in the region in September 2010, expecting Burma (or Myanmar as most Burmese now call it) to be well out-of-bounds, as it had been for decades, and to have to sneak in… Read more »

Sudan: Darfur and the failure of an African state

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Sudan: Darfur and the failure of an African state was published by Yale University Press in July 2010. I am updating the book now to take account of the break-up of the country in 2011 and the civil war in the south that had raged since then. The new edition should be coming out in… Read more »

Anatomy of Decline: The Journalism of Peter Jenkins

Anatomy of Decline

Largely forgotten now, Peter Jenkins was in his time one of the most widely read and respected columnists and journalists in British journalism. He wrote principally for the leftist Guardian and Observer newspapers, and in so doing became a doyen of Britain’s post-war liberal establishment. Brian Brivati and I edited this collection of his best… Read more »

Thinking the Unthinkable: Think-tanks and the Economic Counter-revolution 1931-1983

Thinking the Unthinkable

Thinking the Unthinkable: Think-Tanks and the Economic Counter-Revolution, 1931-1983 was published in hardback by HarperCollins in 1994, and in paperback by the same publisher the following year. In brief, the book is an account of the Thatcherite revolution in Britain, from its very beginnings in the 1930s, as a small group of liberal economists fought back… Read more »

David Astor and the Observer

David Astor and The Observer

David Astor and the Observer was published in 1991. The book is a hybrid, part newspaper history, part biography – but then David Astor and the Observer were so closely entwined that it was impossible to separate them. The son of Nancy Astor and millionaire American immigrant Viscount William Waldorf Astor, David started working for the… Read more »

Twilight of Truth: Chamberlain, Appeasement and The Manipulation of the Press

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Twilight of Truth: Chamberlain, Appeasement and The Manipulation of the Press, was my first book published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 1989. It was the book of my Phd Thesis, completed at the University of London in 1988. Lord Weidenfeld personally commissioned it after I had bailed out one of his other book projects. The… Read more »