Diaries, 1942-1954

Author: James Lees-Milne,Michael Bloch
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1848547099
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 512
View: 8745
The diaries of the National Trust's country house expert James Lees-Milne (1908-97) have been hailed as 'one of the treasures of contemporary English literature'. The first of three, this volume, which includes interesting material omitted when the diaries were originally published during the author's lifetime, covers the years 1942 to 1954, beginning with his wartime visits to hard-pressed country house owners, and ending with his marriage to the exotic Alvilde Chaplin.


Apprentice War Lord
Author: Adrian Smith
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 0857714929
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 400
View: 4470
Was he a far-sighted war hero, or an ambitious networker promoted well above his natural talent? Admired as a modernising chief of staff, a timely decoloniser, and a genuine player on the world stage, Mountbatten nevertheless continues to attract fierce criticism. In this timely new biography, Adrian Smith offers a fresh and convincing perspective, depicting Mountbatten as a quintessentially modern, highly professional figure within the Royal Navy, and at Combined Operations and SE Asia Command, a hands-on officer who enthusiastically embraced new technology; someone who, although an aristocrat, was by instinct a progressive, innovative in his approach to man management. Smith brings Mountbatten to life, acknowledging the essential qualities as well as the obvious weaknesses. Beneath the rich, vain, often ruthless, embodiment of power and privilege could be found a very human, even vulnerable, character - the complex personality of a pivotal figure in the history of twentieth-century Britain and her empire.


The Story of Knole and the Sackvilles
Author: Robert Sackville-West
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9780802779267
Category: History
Page: 320
View: 2375
Since its purchase in 1604 by Thomas Sackville, first Earl of Dorset, the house at Knole, Kent, has been inhabited by thirteen generations of a single aristocratic family, the Sackvilles. Here, drawing on a wealth of unpublished letters, archives, and images, the current incumbent of the seat, Robert Sackville-West, paints a vivid and intimate portrait of the vast, labyrinthine house and the close relationships his colorful ancestors formed within it. Inheritance is the story of a house and its inhabitants, a family described by Vita Sackville-West as "a race too prodigal, too amorous, too weak, too indolent, and too melancholy; a rotten lot, and nearly all starkstaring mad." Where some reveled in the hedonism of aristocratic life, others rebelled against a house that, in time, would disinherit them, shutting its doors to them forever. It's a drama in which the house itself is a principal character, its fortunes often mirroring those of the family. Every detail holds a story: the portraits, and all the items the subjects of those portraits left behind, point to pivotal moments in history; all the rooms, and the objects that fill them, are freighted with an emotional significance that has been handed down from generation to generation. Now owned by the National Trust, Knole is today one of the largest houses in England, visited by thousands annually and housing one of the country's finest collections of secondhand Royal furniture. It's a pleasure to follow Robert Sackville-West as he unravels the private life of a public place on a fascinating, masterful, four-hundred-year tour through the memories and memorabilia, political, financial, and domestic, of his extraordinary family.

Our Uninvited Guests

The Secret Life of Britain's Country Houses 1939-45
Author: Julie Summers
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1471152561
Category: History
Page: 368
View: 8037
'Julie Summers has an amazing instinct for unearthing good stories and telling quotes.' Craig Brown, The Mail On Sunday. 'This is an enjoyable book, peppered with examples of under-reported wartime heroism.' Robert Leigh-Pemberton, The Daily Telegraph 'It’s hard to believe that there are still untold stories about Britain and World War II, but Julie Summers has unearthed a fascinating one that she tells with great verve and style. All in all, Uninvited Guests is a sheer delight.' Lynne Olson, author of Citizens of London and Last Hope Island A remarkable narrative set against the dark days of World War Two, from one of the country’s foremost social historians. Our Uninvited Guests perfectly captures the spirit of upheaval at the beginning of the Second World War when thousands of houses were requisitioned by the government to provide accommodation for the armed forces, secret services and government offices as well as vulnerable children, the sick and the elderly, all of whom needed to be housed safely beyond the reach of Hitler’s Luftwaffe. Julie Summers gives the reader a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in some of Britain’s greatest country houses that were occupied by people who would otherwise never have set foot in such opulent surroundings.Blenheim Palace was colonised by schoolboys who slept in the Long Library; Polish special agents trained in the grounds of Audley End House, learning to forge and lie their way into occupied Europe in the old nursery. Brocket Hall, former home of Queen Victoria’s favourite Lord Melbourne, was used as a maternity home for women from the East End of London, and the Rothschilds’ magnificent French chateau-inspired Waddesdon Manor housed a hundred children under five. The Northern Highlands, where the fierce warriors of Scotland’s past developed their unconventional military skills, played host to the most extreme form of warfare, training agents in the fine arts of sabotage, subterfuge and assassination. The juxtaposition of splendour and opulence with the everyday activities of people whose needs were at odds with their new surroundings is at the heart of this book. This thought-provoking and evocative narrative captures a crucial period in the social history of Britain. Praise for Julie Summers: 'Superb…highly recommended' Who Do You Think You Are Magazine 'A remarkable collection of stories…a rich and moving book' Mail on Sunday 'Summers is a good and knowledgeable writer…powerful, emotional stuff' Independent 'A poignant, lingering account' BBC History Magazine 'A revelation – full of information, reminiscences, humour and social history. Reading it not only gave me great pleasure but also made me proud to be a member of such a long lasting, valuable and vital organisation' Helen Carey OBE, former chairman of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes

1946: The Making of the Modern World

Author: Victor Sebestyen
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1447250508
Category: History
Page: 438
View: 2296
With the end of the Second World War, a new world was born. The peace agreements that brought the conflict to an end implemented decisions that not only shaped the second half of the twentieth century, but continue to affect our world today and impact on its future. In 1946 the Cold War began, the state of Israel was conceived, the independence of India was all but confirmed and Chinese Communists gained a decisive upper hand in their fight for power. It was a pivotal year in modern history in which countries were reborn and created, national and ideological boundaries were redrawn and people across the globe began to rebuild their lives. In this remarkable history, the foreign correspondent and historian Victor Sebestyen draws on contemporary documents from around the world - including Stalin's personal notes from the Potsdam peace conference - to examine what lay behind the political decision-making. Sebestyen uses a vast array of archival material and personal testimonies to explore how the lives of generations of people across continents were shaped by the events of 1946. Taking readers from Berlin to London, from Paris to Moscow, from Washington to Jerusalem and from Delhi to Shanghai, this is a vivid and wide-ranging account of both powerbrokers and ordinary men and women from an acclaimed author.

Diaries, 1971-1983

Author: James Lees-Milne,Michael Bloch
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1848547102
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 300
View: 3368
Funny, indiscreet, candid, touching and sharply observed, this second compilation from James Lees-Milne's celebrated diaries covers his life during his sixties and early seventies, when he was living in Gloucestershire with his formidable wife Alvilde. It vividly portrays life on the Badminton estate of the eccentric Duke of Beaufort, meetings with many friends (including John Betjeman, Bruce Chatwin and the Mitford sisters) and the diarist's varied emotional experiences. Having made his name as the National Trust's country houses expert and a writer on architecture, he now established himself as a novelist and biographer. With some misgivings he published his wartime diaries, little imagining that it was as a diarist that he would achieve lasting fame.

The Spectator

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: English literature
Page: N.A
View: 4038

Minnesota Diary, 1942-46

Author: Sinclair Lewis
Publisher: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 293
View: 8141
Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press for the University of Idaho Press In 1930, Sinclair Lewis became the first American to win the Nobel Prize for literature. During the 1940s, he kept this diary, which reveals the introspective man rather than an embattled celebrity author.

Novels 1942-1954

Author: William Faulkner,Joseph and Noel Polk Blotner
Publisher: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 1115
View: 1656
Gathering four works from a crucial period in the career of a Nobel Prize-winning author, an authoritative edition features restored texts of Go Down, Moses; Intruder in the Dust; Requiem for a Nun; and A Fable. 20,000 first printing.

History, Constitution, and Membership, 1942-1954

Author: Association of Radio News Analysts
Publisher: N.A
Category: Journalists
Page: 73
View: 7285

Two Years of French Foreign Policy

Vichy, 1940-1942
Author: Adriene Doris Hytier
Publisher: N.A
Category: France
Page: 402
View: 8991

Cartas 1937-1954

Edición a cargo de Aurora Bernárdez y Carles Álvarez Garriga
Author: Julio Cortázar
Publisher: ALFAGUARA
ISBN: 9877384396
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: N.A
View: 9685
Primer volumen de la compilación de la correspondencia del autor de Rayuela. Unas cartas que pueden leerse como diario personal, autobiografía o cuaderno de bitácora de sus libros. «Odio las cartas literarias, cuidadosamente preparadas, copiadas y vueltas a copiar; yo me siento a la máquina y dejo correr el vasto río de los pensamientos y los afectos», escribió Julio Cortázar en 1942: una declaración de principios que mantuvo siempre. Con curiosidad permanente, Cortázar da cuenta de todos los aspectos de su actividad como escritor, de sus desvelos políticos y sus vaivenes personales, hace el balance del día, opina sobre lo que lee, lo que escucha y lo que ve, relata sus andanzas como traductor, como militante revolucionario o como defensor de los derechos humanos. Nada queda afuera: la Argentina de provincias, Buenos Aires, París, Cuba, Nicaragua, el boom de la literatura latinoamericana, la amistad, el amor, la muerte. El autor no cesa de asombrarnos con su humor, su lucidez y una inusual coherencia entre vida y obra. Organizada en cinco volúmenes que abarcan un período comprendido entre 1937 y 1984, la presente edición de la correspondencia cortazariana presenta más de mil cartas inéditas, recupera los fragmentos suprimidos en ediciones anteriores e incluye índices de obras del autor y de personas citadas. Una colección que parece estar escribiendo ahora, a nuestro lado «un hombre que jamás se aburrió un solo segundo a lo largo de toda su vida».

Mexico and the United States in the Oil Controversy, 1917–1942

Author: Lorenzo Meyer
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 1477301011
Category: History
Page: 390
View: 6486
From reviews of the Spanish edition: “Meyer’s perceptive commentary on Mexican power politics presents new insights into the petroleum lobbies in Mexico City and Washington. With unbiased empathy he shows the validity of Mexico’s complaints about foreigners’ deriving an overabundance of profit from a nonrenewable natural resource. He understands United States history and never abuses his license to criticize.” —Hispanic American Historical Review “This useful addition to the literature on twentieth-century Mexican–United States diplomatic relations is a scholarly work, worthy of consideration by all students of the subject.”—American Historical Review Mexico and the United States in the Oil Controversy, 1917–1942 explores the relationship between the United States and Mexico during the first half of the twentieth century, with special attention to the Mexican nationalization of the oil industry. Relying on Mexican archival material never before analyzed, the author presents a unique perspective on the period following the Mexican Revolution and Mexico’s efforts to diminish its economic dependency on the United States. This work not only describes the political and economic struggle between the Mexican government and the U.S. oil companies but also serves to illustrate in general the nature of dependency between Latin American countries and the United States. It will be of interest not only to Mexican specialists but also to diplomatic and economic historians.

War Diaries, 1939-1945

Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke
Author: Alan Brooke Alanbrooke (Viscount),Alan Francis Brooke Alanbrooke,Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780520233010
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 763
View: 1175
The last great chronicle of World War II, Lord Alanbrooke's diaries provide a riveting blow-by-blow account of how the war was waged and eventually won. 8 photos. 3 illustrations.

Brotherhood of the Bomb

The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller
Author: Gregg Herken
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1466851554
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 464
View: 5550
The fascinating story of the men who founded the nuclear age, fully told for the first time The story of the twentieth century is largely the story of the power of science and technology. Within that story is the incredible tale of the human conflict between Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller-the scientists most responsible for the advent of weapons of mass destruction. How did science-and its practitioners-enlisted in the service of the state during the Second World War, become a slave to its patron during the Cold War? The story of these three men, builders of the bombs, is fundamentally about loyalty-to country, to science, and to each other-and about the wrenching choices that had to be made when these allegiances came into conflict. Gregg Herken gives us the behind-the-scenes account based upon a decade of research, interviews, and newly released Freedom of Information Act and Russian documents. Brotherhood of the Bomb is a vital slice of American history told authoritatively-and grippingly-for the first time.


Author: George Orwell
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781979644358
Page: 276
View: 3378
1984 es una novela política de ficción distópica, escrita por George Orwell entre 1947 y 1948 y publicada el 8 de junio de 1949. La novela introdujo los conceptos del omnipresente y vigilante Gran Hermano o Hermano Mayor, de la notoria habitación 101, de la ubicua policía del Pensamiento y de la neolengua, adaptación del inglés en la que se reduce y se transforma el léxico con fines represivos, basándose en el principio de que lo que no forma parte de la lengua, no puede ser pensado.Muchos analistas detectan paralelismos entre la sociedad actual y el mundo de 1984, sugiriendo que estamos comenzando a vivir en lo que se ha conocido como sociedad orwelliana,1 una sociedad donde se manipula la información y se practica la vigilancia masiva y la represión política y social. El término «orwelliano» se ha convertido en sinónimo de las sociedades u organizaciones que reproducen actitudes totalitarias y represoras como las representadas en la novela. La novela fue un éxito en términos de ventas y se ha convertido en uno de los más influyentes libros del siglo XX.

El Día de Corazones Cálidos

Author: Rebecca Elliott
Publisher: Scholastic en Espanol
ISBN: 9781338159066
Category: Elementary schools
Page: 80
View: 4432
¡Ya casi es el Día de Corazones Cálidos en Arbolópolis! Eva está muy ocupada haciendo regalos especiales para sus amgios y tiene muchas ganas de dar los regalos durante ese día festivo. ¡Pero Eva se da cuenta de que olividó conseguir regalos para las lechuzas más importantes! ¿Qué podrá hacer?

Margot Asquith's Great War Diary 1914-1916

The View from Downing Street
Author: Michael Brock,Eleanor Brock
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191017086
Category: History
Page: 520
View: 4523
Margot Asquith was the wife of Herbert Henry Asquith, the Liberal Prime Minister who led Britain into war in August 1914. Asquith's early war leadership drew praise from all quarters, but in December 1916 he was forced from office in a palace coup, and replaced by Lloyd George, whose career he had done so much to promote. Margot had both the literary gifts and the vantage point to create, in her diary of these years, a compelling record of her husband's fall from grace. An intellectual socialite with the airs, if not the lineage, of an aristocrat, Margot was both a spectator and a participant in the events she describes, and in public affairs could be an ally or an embarrassment - sometimes both. Her diary vividly evokes the wartime milieu as experienced in 10 Downing Street, and describes the great political battles that lay behind the warfare on the Western Front, in which Asquith would himself lose his eldest son. The writing teems with character sketches, including Lloyd George ('a natural adventurer who may make or mar himself any day'), Churchill ('Winston's vanity is septic'), and Kitchener ('a man brutal by nature and by pose'). Never previously published, this candid, witty, and worldly diary gives us a unique insider's view of the centre of power, and an introduction by Michael Brock, in addition to explanatory footnotes and appendices written with his wife Eleanor, provide the context and background information we need to appreciate them to the full.

Consumer Expenditure Surveys, Quarterly Interview Survey, and Diary Survey

Information Booklet
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Consumption (Economics)
Page: 58
View: 2538

The Diary of Anne Frank

Author: Anne Frank
Publisher: Pan
ISBN: 9780330107372
Category: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Page: 223
View: 941
" ... Anne's astonishingly intimate diary was found by accident. With a touch of genius it records the strains of her unusual life, the problems of her unfolding womanhood, her falling in love, her unswerving faith in her religion. And it reveals the shining nobility of her spirit ..." [Back cover].