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By Supriya Vani, Carl A. Harte. 2021
Jacinda Ardern was swept to office in 2017 on a wave of popular enthusiasm dubbed &‘Jacindamania&’. In less than three…months, she rose from deputy leader of the opposition to New Zealand&’s highest office. Her victory seemed heroic. Few in politics would have believed it possible; fewer still would have guessed at her resolve and compassionate leadership, which, in the wake of the horrific Christchurch mosque shootings of March 2019, brought her international acclaim. Since then, her decisive handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has seen her worldwide standing rise to the point where she is now celebrated as a model leader. In 2020 she won an historic, landslide victory and yet, characteristically, chose to govern in coalition with the Green Party. Jacinda Ardern: Leading with Empathy carefully explores the influences – personal, social, political and emotional – that have shaped Ardern. Peace activist and journalist Supriya Vani and writer Carl A. Harte build their narrative through Vani&’s exclusive interviews with Ardern, as well as the prime minister&’s public statements and speeches and the words of those who know her. We visit the places, meet the people and understand the events that propelled the daughter of a small-town Mormon policeman to become a committed social democrat, a passionate Labour Party politician and a modern leader admired for her empathy and courage.
By Leo Hollis. 2021
&‘Hollis expertly weaves together the human tragedy and high politics behind the explosion of one of the world&’s greatest cities.&’…Dan Snow In June 1701, a young widow, Mary Davies wakes up in a hotel room in Paris and finds a man in her bed. Within hours they are married. Yet three weeks later, Mary fled to London and swore that she had never agreed to the wedding. So begins one of the most intriguing stories of madness, tragic passions and the curse of inheritance. Inheritance charts the forgotten life of Mary Davies, born in London during the Great Plague of 1665, and the land that she inherited as a baby. This estate would determine the course of her tragic life. Hollis restores this history of child brides, mad heiresses, religious controversy and shady dealing. The drama culminated in a court case that determined not just the state of Mary&’s legacy, but the future of London itself. Today, Mary&’s inheritance is some of the most valuable real estate in the world.
By Michelle Obama. 2004
Nesta nova edição de Becoming – A minha história, Michelle Obama conta toda a sua história às novas gerações, com…a honestidade, o humor e a simplicidade que a distinguem. Ao partilhar as suas alegrias e triunfos, bem como as dificuldades, tristezas e desafios que encontrou pelo caminho, Michelle Obama convida os jovens leitores a refletir sobre quem são e que história querem escrever para si mesmos. Michelle Robinson nasceu na zona sul de Chicago. Apesar das suas origens humildes, viria a tornar-se Michelle Obama, a inspiradora e poderosa primeira-dama dos Estados Unidos. Com o seu marido, Barack Obama, eleito o quadragésimo quarto presidente, seriam a primeira família negra na Casa Branca e serviriam o país por dois mandatos. Michelle cresceu num apartamento no andar superior da casa da sua tia-avó, onde partilhava o quarto com o irmão mais velho, Craig. Os pais, Fraser e Marian, inundaram-nos de amor e energia. O pai, que Michelle adorava, ensinou-os a trabalhar arduamente, a cumprir a sua palavra e a não esquecer de rir. A mãe ajudou-os a pensar pela própria cabeça, usar a sua voz e não ter medo. Mas a vida não tardou a levá-la para longe da casa da família. Com determinação, planos cuidadosamente traçados e ambição de ir longe, Michelle estava ansiosa por expandir a esfera da sua vida para fora da escola em Chicago. Foi estudar para a Universidade de Princeton, onde aprendeu o que era ser a única mulher negra na sala. Mais tarde, entrou na Faculdade de Direito de Harvard e, depois de se formar, voltou para Chicago, onde se tornou uma influente advogada. No entanto, os seus planos mudaram quando conheceu e se apaixonou por Barack Obama. Decidida a encontrar o equilíbrio entre o trabalho, o casamento e o desafio deser mãe de duas filhas, Michelle Obama descreve a sua viragem para a vida política e o impacto que teve na família a ascensão política do marido e a campanha para a presidência. Ao mesmo tempo que partilha o glamour dos vestidos de baile e das viagens pelo mundo, relata a dificuldade de confortar famílias que sofreram tragédias. No seu tempo como primeira-dama, conseguiu estar presente nas competições de natação das filhas e assistir a peças de teatro nas suas escolas sem chamar a atenção, enquanto lançava e defendia variadíssimas iniciativas, sobretudo as dedicadas às crianças. Acima de tudo, este livro é o relato honesto e fascinante da vida de Michelle Obama, que se tem dedicado a inspirar pelo exemplo as novas gerações. Nele, Michelle Obama partilha a sua crença no poder dos jovens para se ajudarem a si mesmos e uns aos outros, venham de onde vierem. E reforça a ideia de que ninguém é perfeito. O que verdadeiramente importa é o processo de nos tornarmos no que queremos ser, porque encontrar a nossa própria história é um caminho em constante evolução, e o mais importante da nossa vida. Com este testemunho corajoso da sua própria história, Michelle Obama lança um desafio aos jovens leitores: «Quem és tu e quem queres vir a ser?»
By Barack Obama. 2009
Un relato cautivador y personal de la historia según se va forjando, del presidente que nos ha inspirado a creer…en el poder de la democracia. En este extraordinario primer volumen de sus esperadas memorias presidenciales, Barack Obama narra la historia de su sorprendente evolución de ser un joven en busca de su identidad a convertirse en líder del mundo occidental, describiendo con increíble detalle tanto su formación política como los momentos cumbre del primer período de su histórica presidencia, una época de una gran conmoción y de profunda transformación. Obama invita a sus lectores a un viaje cautivador que va desde sus más tempranas aspiraciones políticas, pasando por la decisiva victoria de Iowa que demostró el poder del activismo comunitario, hasta la emotiva noche del 4 de noviembre de 2008, cuando fue elegido el presidente número 44 de los Estados Unidos, convirtiéndose en el primer afroamericano en ocupar el más alto cargo de la nación. El autor reflexiona sobre la presidencia ofreciendo un análisis único y profundo tanto del alcance como de los límites que tiene el poder presidencial, y brinda una visión singular sobre el funcionamiento de la política bipartidista de los Estados Unidos y la diplomacia internacional. Obama lleva a los lectores al interior de la Oficina Oval y de la Sala de Crisis de la Casa Blanca, a Moscú, Cairo, y Beijing, entre otros lugares. Somos espectadores de su pensamiento mientras compone su gabinete, lidia con una crisis financiera global, mide a Vladimir Putin, vence obstáculos aparentemente insuperables para lograr la aprobación del Affordable Care Act, se enfrenta a generales sobre la estrategia de Estados Unidos en Afganistán, aborda la reforma de Wall Street, responde al devastador derrame de petróleo de Deepwater Horizon, y autoriza la Operación Neptune Spear que termina con la muerte de Osama bin Laden. Una tierra prometida esexcepcionalmente íntimo y reflexivo, narra la apuesta de un hombre con la historia, la fe de un organizador comunitario puesto a prueba ante el mundo. Obama expone el difícil equilibrio entre hacer campaña política como afroamericano -cargando con las expectativas de una generación ilusionada por ideales como «esperanza y cambio»- y enfrentar el desafío moral de tomar decisiones de gran trascendencia. Obama habla con franqueza de la fuerte oposición que sufrió tanto en su país como en el extranjero, revela cómo la vida en la Casa Blanca afectó a su esposa y a sus hijas, y no teme confesar sus inseguridades ni decepciones. Sin embargo, nunca duda de su convicción de que, dentro del gran experimento americano, el progreso siempre es posible. Este libro escrito magistralmente refleja la convicción de Barack Obama de que la democracia no es un regalo divino, sino algo cimentado en la empatía y el común acuerdo, que construimos juntos día a día.
By James Dale, Elijah Cummings. 2020
Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings was known for saying “We’re better than this.” <p><p> He said it in Baltimore, a city…on the verge of explosion over police treatment of citizens. He said it in Congress when microphones were shut down, barring free speech. He said it when the President flaunted his power and ignored the Constitution. He said it when the President resorted to bullying, name-calling and feeding racial divisions. We are better than this. He continued to say it until his final days last October. He said it because he believed we must call out what is wrong and call on our better selves to make things right. <p> In We’re Better Than This, Cummings details the formative moments in his life that prepared him to hold President Donald Trump accountable for his actions while in office. Cummings powerfully weaves together the urgent drama of modern-day politics and the defining stories from his past. He offers a unique perspective on how his upbringing as the son of sharecroppers in a South Baltimore neighborhood, rampant with racism and poverty, laid the foundation of a life spent fighting for justice. <p> Cummings was known for his ability to referee contentious members of Congress and reach across the aisle for the sake of justice. Since his early days in politics, Cummings proved his abilities as a leader and legal mind who could operate at the highest levels of democracy, always working with – and for – the underserved. <p> Part memoir, part call-to-action, the book goes behind the scenes with the House Democratic leadership, offering an eye-opening account of the relentless and unprecedented obstructionism by both the President and GOP. Cummings’ final words present a vital defense of how government oversight defines our collective trust and makes the case that, even in the face of our nation’s most challenging times, we must remain rooted in the politics of optimism.
By Ronald C. White. 2021
&“A fascinating tour inside the mind—and the heart—of Abraham Lincoln . . . An important and timeless work.&”—Jon Meacham, Pulitzer…Prize–winning author of His Truth Is Marching On From the New York Times bestselling author of A. Lincoln and American Ulysses, a revelatory glimpse into the intellectual journey of our sixteenth president through his private notes to himself, explored together here for the first timeA deeply private man, shut off even to those who worked closely with him, Abraham Lincoln often captured &“his best thoughts,&” as he called them, in short notes to himself. He would work out his personal stances on the biggest issues of the day, never expecting anyone to see these frank, unpolished pieces of writing, which he&’d then keep close at hand, in desk drawers and even in his top hat. The profound importance of these notes has been overlooked, because the originals are scattered across several different archives and have never before been brought together and examined as a coherent whole.Now, renowned Lincoln historian Ronald C. White walks readers through twelve of Lincoln&’s most important private notes, showcasing our greatest president&’s brilliance and empathy, but also his very human anxieties and ambitions. We look over Lincoln&’s shoulder as he grapples with the problem of slavery, attempting to find convincing rebuttals to those who supported the evil institution (&“As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy.&”); prepares for his historic debates with Stephen Douglas; expresses his private feelings after a defeated bid for a Senate seat (&“With me, the race of ambition has been a failure—a flat failure&”); voices his concerns about the new Republican Party&’s long-term prospects; develops an argument for national unity amidst a secession crisis that would ultimately rend the nation in two; and, for a president many have viewed as not religious, develops a sophisticated theological reflection in the midst of the Civil War (&“it is quite possible that God&’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party&”). Additionally, in a historic first, all 111 Lincoln notes are transcribed in the appendix, a gift to scholars and Lincoln buffs alike.These are notes Lincoln never expected anyone to read, put into context by a writer who has spent his career studying Lincoln&’s life and words. The result is a rare glimpse into the mind and soul of one of our nation&’s most important figures.
By David Stuttard. 2021
A vivid, novelistic history of the rise of Athens from relative obscurity to the edge of its golden age, told…through the lives of Miltiades and Cimon, the father and son whose defiance of Persia vaulted Athens to a leading place in the Greek world. When we think of ancient Greece we think first of Athens: its power, prestige, and revolutionary impact on art, philosophy, and politics. But on the verge of the fifth century BCE, only fifty years before its zenith, Athens was just another Greek city-state in the shadow of Sparta. It would take a catastrophe, the Persian invasions, to push Athens to the fore. In Phoenix, David Stuttard traces Athens’s rise through the lives of two men who spearheaded resistance to Persia: Miltiades, hero of the Battle of Marathon, and his son Cimon, Athens’s dominant leader before Pericles. Miltiades’s career was checkered. An Athenian provincial overlord forced into Persian vassalage, he joined a rebellion against the Persians then fled Great King Darius’s retaliation. Miltiades would later die in prison. But before that, he led Athens to victory over the invading Persians at Marathon. Cimon entered history when the Persians returned; he responded by encouraging a tactical evacuation of Athens as a prelude to decisive victory at sea. Over the next decades, while Greek city-states squabbled, Athens revitalized under Cimon’s inspired leadership. The city vaulted to the head of a powerful empire and the threshold of a golden age. Cimon proved not only an able strategist and administrator but also a peacemaker, whose policies stabilized Athens’s relationship with Sparta. The period preceding Athens’s golden age is rarely described in detail. Stuttard tells the tale with narrative power and historical acumen, recreating vividly the turbulent world of the Eastern Mediterranean in one of its most decisive periods.
By Richard Buel Jr.. 2011
An in-depth look at the life and times of the early American poet and polemicist.Poet, republican, diplomat, and entrepreneur, Joel…Barlow filled many roles and registered impressive accomplishments. In the first biography of this fascinating figure in decades, Richard Buel Jr. recounts the life of a man more intimately connected to the Age of Revolution than perhaps any other American.Barlow was a citizen of the revolutionary world, and his adventures throughout the United States and Europe during both the American and French Revolutions are numerous and notorious. From writing his epic poem, The Vision of Columbus, to plotting a republican revolution in Britain to negotiating the release of American sailors taken captive by Barbary pirates, Joel Barlow personified the true spirit of the tumultuous times in which he lived.No one witnessed more climactic events or interacted with more significant people than Joel Barlow. His unique vision, his unfailing belief in republicanism, and his entrepreneurial spirit drove him to pursue the revolutionary ideal in a way more emblematic of the age than the lives of many of its prominent heroes.In telling Barlow’s story, Buel explores the cultural landscape of the early American republic and engages the broader themes of the Age of Revolution. Few books explore in such a comprehensive fashion the political, economic, ideological, diplomatic, and technological dimensions of this defining moment in world history.“No earlier biographer has given nearly as detailed and rich a portrait of Barlow’s perhaps singularly expansive role in the cultural life, commerce, politics, and intrigue of the age of revolution.” —TheGuardian (UK)
By Brad Meltzer, Josh Mensch. 2020
The bestselling authors of The First Conspiracy, which covers the secret plot against George Washington, now turn their attention to…a little-known, but true story about a failed assassination attempt on President LincolnEveryone knows the story of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, but few are aware of the original conspiracy to kill him four years earlier in 1861, literally on his way to Washington, D.C., for his first inauguration. The conspirators were part of a pro-Southern secret society that didn’t want an antislavery President in the White House. They planned an elaborate scheme to assassinate the brand new President in Baltimore as Lincoln’s inauguration train passed through en route to the Capitol. The plot was investigated by famed detective Allan Pinkerton, who infiltrated the group with undercover agents, including one of the first female private detectives in America. Had the assassination succeeded, there would have been no Lincoln Presidency, and the course of the Civil War and American history would have forever been altered.
By John Boehner. 2021
* INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER *“A rollicking, foil-mouthed” [memoir]....Boehner has delivered a…classic Washington “tell-all,” albeit one with his typical jocular style.” --The Washington PostFormer Speaker of the House John Boehner shares colorful tales from the halls of power, the smoke-filled rooms around the halls of power, and his fabled tour bus.John Boehner is the last of a breed. At a time when the arbiters of American culture were obsessing over organic kale, cold-pressed juice, and SoulCycle, the man who stood second in line to the presidency was unapologetically smoking Camels, quaffing a glass of red, and hitting the golf course whenever he could.There could hardly have been a more diametrically opposed figure to represent the opposition party in President Barack Obama's Washington. But when Boehner announced his resignation, President Obama called to tell the outgoing Speaker that he'd miss him. "Mr. President," Boehner replied, "yes you will." He thought of himself as a "regular guy with a big job," and he enjoyed it.In addition to his own stories of life in the swamp city and of his comeback after getting knocked off the leadership ladder, Boehner offers his impressions of leaders he's met and what made them successes or failures, from Ford and Reagan to Obama, Trump, and Biden. He shares his views on how the Republican Party has become unrecognizable today; the advice--some harsh, some fatherly--he dished out to members of his own party, the opposition, the media, and others; and his often acid-tongued comments about his former colleagues. And of course he talks about golfing with five presidents.Through Speaker Boehner's honest and self-aware reflections, you'll be reminded of a time when the adults were firmly in charge.
By Michael Wolff. 2018
SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLERNEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLERWith extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells…the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time.The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, thanks to his deep access to the West Wing, bestselling author Michael Wolff tells the riveting story of how Trump launched a tenure as volatile and fiery as the man himself.In this explosive book, Wolff provides a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office. Among the revelations: - What President Trump's staff really thinks of him- What inspired Trump to claim he was wire-tapped by President Obama - Why FBI director James Comey was really fired- Why chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner couldn't be in the same room - Who is really directing the Trump administration's strategy in the wake of Bannon's firing- What the secret to communicating with Trump is- What the Trump administration has in common with the movie The ProducersNever before has a presidency so divided the American people. Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.
By María Eugenia Vidal. 2021
«Yo creo que es mejor tomar otro camino, más difícil, más largo, menos popular: el camino de tratar de entender…al otro, de escuchar en serio en lugar de dar una respuesta automática, de querer que la sociedad elija por convicción, no porque el otro es malo, sino porque nosotros somos mejores, aun cuando eso suponga un riesgo. Esto es para mí la política».María Eugenia Vidal «La gente nos demanda más humildad, nos demanda un proyecto en serio, nos demanda que la política no sea un lugar oscuro donde es difícil encontrar grandeza y generosidad, sino un lugar transformador, donde se puede cambiar la realidad. No son cambios fáciles para la política ni para la sociedad. No hay una sino muchas grietas construidas desde la desconfianza en el otro y desde la comodidad que otorga el prejuicio: es mucho más fácil hacer política si hay buenos y malos. Corruptos y honestos. Neoliberales y populistas. Ricos y pobres. Indiferentes y sensibles.Esta actitud nos trajo hasta acá y nos hace volver una y otra vez al mismo lugar. Yo creo que es mejor tomar otro camino, más difícil, más largo, menos popular: el camino de tratar de entender al otro, de escuchar en serio en lugar de dar una respuesta automática, de querer que la sociedad elija por convicción, no porque el otro es malo, sino porque nosotros somos mejores, aun cuando eso suponga un riesgo. Esto es para mí la política».María Eugenia Vidal
By Peter Neary, Melvin Baker. 2021
No other figure, historical or political, features more prominently in recent Newfoundland history than Joey Smallwood. During his long career…in Newfoundland politics, Smallwood used the literary, rhetorical, and theatrical skills honed in the first five decades of his life to create a distinct and celebrated persona. He told his own story in his lively autobiography, I Chose Canada, published in 1973 only a year after he left office.Talented, venturesome, and above all resilient, he was no ordinary Joe. Smallwood was born in Gambo, Bonavista Bay, but grew up in St John's. Leaving school at fifteen, he quickly established himself as a journalist and as a publicist for Sir William Coaker's Fishermen's Protective Union. In the early 1920s Smallwood sojourned twice in New York, where he planned a Newfoundland labour party. Ambition, however, led him to support the Liberal Party of Sir Richard Squires. Defeated as a candidate in the general election of June 1932, he next promoted producer and consumer cooperatives, but with mixed results. In 1937 he edited The Book of Newfoundland and thereafter enjoyed great success on the radio as "The Barrelman." The book culminates with Smallwood's adoption of the cause of Confederation and his swearing in on 1 April 1949 as premier of the new Province of Newfoundland.There are multiple J.R. Smallwoods, but the aspiring and ambitious figure presented in this biography stands apart. Melvin Baker and Peter Neary use the largely untapped sources of Smallwood's own papers and his extensive journalistic writing to add a documentary basis to what is known or conjectured about the first five decades of Smallwood's remarkable life, both public and private.
By Vladimir Putin, Nataliya Gevorkyan, Natalya Timakova, Andrei Kolesnikov. 2000
Who is this Vladimir Putin? Who is this man who suddenly--overnight and without warning--was handed the reigns of power to…one of the most complex, formidable, and volatile countries in the world? How can we trust him if we don't know him? First Person is an intimate, candid portrait of the man who holds the future of Russia in his grip. An extraordinary compilation of over 24 hours of in-depth interviews and remarkable photographs, it delves deep into Putin's KGB past and explores his meteoric rise to power. No Russian leader has ever subjected himself to this kind of public examination of his life and views. Both as a spy and as a virtual political unknown until selected by Boris Yeltsin to be Prime Minister, Putin has been regarded as man of mystery. Now, the curtain lifts to reveal a remarkable life of struggles and successes. Putin's life story is of major importance to the world.
By Michael, Novak, Jana. 2006
In Washington’s God Michael Novak-one of America’s leading neoconservative pundits-and his daughter, Jana, uncover George Washington’s religious life. Finally the…record is set straight on the most thoroughly misunderstood aspect of Washington’s life. The Novaks focus on Washington’s strong trust in divine Providence and see this belief as providing the unifying narrative to his monumental life.
NOW WITH A NEW PREFACE In this riveting account of the explosive relationship between Robert F. Kennedy and J. Edgar…Hoover, renowned journalist and author Burton Hersh sets their highly publicized clashes in the context of Joe Kennedy’s ongoing manipulation of Congress and his children’s careers, and his lifelong connections to organized crime. Theirs was a unique triumvirate, marked by conflict and betrayal, and culminating in a near-Shakespearean tragedy. Based on compelling new research, and told in gripping anecdotal style, Hersh chronicles the complex relationship between the two antagonists, from their early brushes during the McCarthy years to their controversial deaths.
In this powerful and emotional New York Times bestseller, Nobel Peace Prize winner and activist Malala Yousafzai shares various stories…of displacement, including her own. Part memoir, part communal storytelling, We Are Displaced introduces readers to some of the incredible girls Malala has met on her many journeys and lets each tell her story - girls who have lost their community, relatives and often the only world they've ever known, but have not lost hope.Longing for home and fear of an uncertain future binds all of these young women, but each is unique. In a time of immigration crises, war and border conflicts, We Are Displaced is an important reminder that every single one of the 79.5 million currently displaced is a person - often a young person - with dreams for a better, safer world.Includes a new Afterword by the author
By Anonymous. 2019
An unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency from the anonymous senior official whose first words of warning about the…president rocked the nation's capital.On September 5, 2018, the New York Times published a bombshell essay and took the rare step of granting its writer anonymity. Described only as "a senior official in the Trump administration," the author provided eyewitness insight into White House chaos, administration instability, and the people working to keep Donald Trump's reckless impulses in check.With the 2020 election on the horizon, Anonymous is speaking out once again. In this book, the original author pulls back the curtain even further, offering a first-of-its-kind look at the president and his record -- a must-read before Election Day. It will surprise and challenge both Democrats and Republicans, motivate them to consider how we judge our nation's leaders, and illuminate the consequences of re-electing a commander in chief unfit for the role.This book is a sobering assessment of the man in the Oval Office and a warning about something even more important -- who we are as a people.
By Graham Viney. 2018
Young Elizabeth captures in vivid detail perhaps the single-most important formative experience in Queen Elizabeth's life, the 1947 royal tour…of southern Africa with her parents King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, during which she celebrated her twenty-first birthday.The year of the royal tour of southern Africa, 1947, marked both the high-water mark of the British Empire and the very moment at which it began to unravel. Graham Viney has written an intimate, revealing portrait of the young princess on tour with her parents and sister, Princess Margaret, hard at work in the national interest, and succeeding triumphantly against all odds. In the words of Rian Malan, South African author of My Traitor's Heart, it is 'a story about a country teetering on the brink of convulsive change and yet almost united, at least for a moment, by love for a king and queen who weren't really ours.' The year 1947 was a pivotal moment not just in the history of the Union of South Africa, but of the British Empire itself. Later that same year India gained independence and just one year later the Afrikaner Nationalist victory in South Africa would lead inexorably to the Republic of South Africa in 1961 and its departure from the Commonwealth. The present Queen Elizabeth must have learned a great deal about statecraft from her father, and about duty, tact and hard work from both her parents in the course of this three-month tour, during which the then princess celebrated her twenty-first birthday. It was also the family's first real experience of multiculturalism. Graham Viney's book gives us an intimate and revealing portrait of the royal family, while also superbly capturing a moment in the life of a fractious, recently formed 'nation', before its descent into over four decades of darkness. The royal family travelled ceaselessly, from February to April, on a specially commissioned, white-and-gold train, meeting thousands of people at every stop along the way. The tour was a show of imperial solidarity and a recognition of South Africa's contribution to the Allied cause during the Second World War, specifically that of South African prime minister Jan Smuts, who had served in both British war cabinets.Young Elizabeth draws skilfully on many diverse sources, not least the Royal Archive at Windsor, and includes many photographs of the royal family not previously published, such as stills from film footage held by the South African National Film, Video and Sound Archives in Pretoria.
By Isabel Thomas. 2018
Anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, Nelson Mandela's journey from political prisoner to president of South Africa is an incredible tale…of triumph in the face of adversity. 2018 marks a hundred years since his birth. From artists to aviators and scientists to revolutionaries, Little Guides to Great Lives is a brand new series of small-format guides introducing children to the most inspirational figures from history in a fun, accessible way.