Inside the briefcase of a well-tanned Tory

Inside the briefcase of a well-tanned Tory


This is pretty obscure as far as reading lists go, but then this is warm, muggy Wednesday in late July. So, via BBC, here is a list of suggested summer reading from the British Conservative Party’s spokesman for foreign affairs:

  • The Junior Officers’ Reading Club: Killing Time and Fighting Wars by Patrick Hennessey
  • A View from the Foothills by Chris Mullin
  • Alan Clark: the biography by Ion Trewin (published mid-September)
  • Pistols at Dawn: Two Hundred years of Political Rivalry from Pitt and Fox to Blair and Brown by John Campbell
  • Electing Our Masters: The Hustings in British Politics from Hogarth to Blair by Jon Lawrence
  • Whitehall: The Street that Shaped a Nation by Colin Brown
  • Neville Chamberlain by Nick Smart (published August)
  • Attlee’s Great Contemporaries: The Politics of Character by Frank Field
  • Harold Macmillan by Charles Williams
  • Finest Years: Churchill as Warlord 1940-1945 by Max Hastings (published September)
  • D-Day by Antony Beevor
  • Blood Victory: The Sacrifice of the Somme and the Making of the Twentieth Century by William Philpott
  • Democracy: 1000 Years in Pursuit of British Liberty by Peter Kellner
  • The New British Constitution by Vernon Bogdanor
  • The Life and Death of Democracy by John Keane
  • Democracy Goes to War: British Military Deployments under International Law by Nigel D White
  • Lords of Finance: 1929, The Great Depression – and the Bankers Who Broke the World by Liaquat Ahamad
  • Keynes: The Return of the Master by Robert Skidelsky
  • The Spectre at the Feast: Capitalist Crisis and the Politics of Recession by Andrew Gamble
  • Restoring Financial Stability: How to Repair a Failed System by Viral V. Acharya and Matthew Richardson (eds)
  • Europe’s Tragedy: A History of the Thirty years War by Peter H. White
  • Poland: A History by Adam Zamoyski
  • The Generalissimo: Chiang Kai-shek and the Struggle for Modern China by Jay Taylor
  • The Terrorist Hunters by Andy Hayman (currently withdrawn for legal reasons)
  • Terrorism: How to Respond by Richard English
  • The Defence of the Realm: The Official History of MI5 by Christopher Andrew (published October)
  • The Pathans by Sir Olaf Caroe

I hope Tory MPs can expense Caroe’s book — it isn’t cheap.