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William Shawcross - Author

About the Author

William Shawcross became a writer after leaving University College, Oxford in 1968.  He was in Czechoslovakia during the Soviet occupation; this inspired his first book, a biography of Alexander Dubcek, the Czechoslovak leader, which was published in 1970.  In 1995 he wrote the BBC Television series Monarchy. In 2002 his BBC Television series and book, Queen and Country celebrated the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and examined the changing face of Britain during her reign. He lives in England.

Featured books by William Shawcross

Counting One's Blessings Selected Letters of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

Counting One's Blessings Selected Letters of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

Author: William Shawcross Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2012

One of the great revelations of William Shawcross's official biography was the Queen Mother's private correspondence. Indeed, The Sunday Times described her letters as 'wonderful ...brimful of liveliness and irreverence, steeliness and sweetness.' Now, drawing on the vast wealth of material in the Royal Archives, at Glamis Castle, and elsewhere, Shawcross has put together a selection of those letters. A prolific correspondent from her earliest childhood to the very end of her life, her letters offer readers a vivid insight into the person behind the public face.

Other books by William Shawcross

Counting One's Blessings The Collected Letters of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

Counting One's Blessings The Collected Letters of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

Author: William Shawcross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2013

One of the revelations of William Shawcross's official biography of the Queen Mother was her private correspondence. Indeed the Sunday Times described her letters as 'wonderful ... brimful of liveliness and irreverence, steeliness and sweetness.' Queen Elizabeth was a prolific correspondent from her earliest childhood and her letters offer readers a vivid insight into the person behind the public face. They reveal - in her own words - the little girl writing to her family; the young woman who, eventually, accepted Prince Albert's proposal; the Duchess of York, embracing the public role demanded of her, on royal tours both at home and abroad. They reveal, too, her shock when she and her husband realized that he would become King, the dreadful toll exacted by the Second World War, culminating in the King's tragically early death, and her determination to find a role for herself during her long widowhood. Full of wit, acute observation and a deeply held sense of duty, Queen Elizabeth's letters offer a chronicle not only of her long life, but of the twentieth century.

Justice and the Enemy Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Justice and the Enemy Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Author: William Shawcross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2013

Since the Nuremberg Trials of 1945, lawful nations have struggled to impose justice around the world, especially when confronted by tyrannical and genocidal regimes. But in Cambodia, the USSR, China, Bosnia, Rwanda, and beyond, justice has been served haltingly if at all in the face of colossal inhumanity. International Courts are not recognized worldwide. There is not a global consensus on how to punish transgressors. The war against Al Qaeda is a war like no other. Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda's founder, was killed in Pakistan by Navy Seals. Few people in America felt anything other than that justice had been served. But what about the man who conceived and executed the 9/11 attacks on the US, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? What kind of justice does he deserve? The U.S. has tried to find the high ground by offering KSM a trial-albeit in the form of military tribunal. But is this hypocritical? Indecisive? Half-hearted? Or merely the best application of justice possible for a man who is implacably opposed to the civilization that the justice system supports and is derived from? In this book, William Shawcross explores the visceral debate that these questions have provoked over the proper application of democratic values in a time of war, and the enduring dilemma posed to all victors in war: how to treat the worst of your enemies.

Justice and the Enemy

Justice and the Enemy

Author: William Shawcross Format: eBook Release Date: 10/01/2012

Since the Nuremberg Trials of 1945, lawful nations have struggled to impose justice around the world, especially when confronted by tyrannical and genocidal regimes. But in Cambodia, the USSR, China, Bosnia, Rwanda, and beyond, justice has been served haltingly if at all in the face of colossal inhumanity. International Courts are not recognized worldwide. There is not a global consensus on how to punish transgressors. The war against Al Qaeda is a war like no other. Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda's founder, was killed in Pakistan by Navy Seals. Few people in America felt anything other than that justice had been served. But what about the man who conceived and executed the 9/11 attacks on the US, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed? What kind of justice does he deserve? The U.S. has tried to find the high ground by offering KSM a trial albeit in the form of military tribunal. But is this hypocritical? Indecisive? Half-hearted? Or merely the best application of justice possible for a man who is implacably opposed to the civilization that the justice system supports and is derived from? In this book, William Shawcross explores the visceral debate that these questions have provoked over the proper application of democratic values in a time of war, and the enduring dilemma posed to all victors in war: how to treat the worst of your enemies.

Queen Mother

Queen Mother

Author: William Shawcross Format: eBook Release Date: 27/10/2009

The official and definitive biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother: consort of King George VI, mother of Queen Elizabeth II, grandmother of Prince Charlesand the most beloved British monarch of the twentieth century.Elizabeth Angela Marguerite Bowes-Lyonthe ninth of the Earl of Strathmores ten childrenwas born on August 4, 1900, and, certainly, no one could have imagined that her long life (she died in 2002) would come to reflect a changing nation over the ourse of an entire century. Now, William Shawcrossgiven unrestricted access to the Queen Mothers personal papers, letters, and diariesgives us a portrait of unprecedented vividness and detail. Here is the girl who helped convalescing soldiers during the First World War . . . the young Duchess of York helping her reluctant husband assume the throne when his brother abdicated . . . the Queen refusing to take refuge from the bombing of London, risking her own life to instill courage and hope in others who were living through the Blitz . . . the dowager Queenthe last Edwardian, the charming survivor of a long-lost erarepresenting her nation at home and abroad . . . the matriarch of the Royal Family and the nations best-loved grandmother.A revelatory royal biography that is, as well, a singular history of Britain in the twentieth century.From the Hardcover edition.

Allies

Allies

Author: William Shawcross Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/08/2004

'Allies is an account of the Iraq crisis, its causes and consequences. Writing in persuasive prose... Shawcross lets the record speak for itself... With cogency and passion, Allies makes the case that this [anti-American] kind of prejudice is disgraceful in itself - a negation of reality and a potential threat to the west and to the whole world order.' David Pryce-Jones, Sunday Telegraph The U.S., Britain and their coalition partners took enormous risks in invading Iraq in March 2003. They risked one of the most successful alliances in history. They risked damaging both the United Nations and themselves. They risked a much bloodier war than that which eventually took place, and they risked creating a new swamp in which terrorists could actually breed and flourish. Allies is an analysis of the risks taken in Iraq, the reasons for them and the ways in which the challenge posed by Iraq was unlike anything faced by the post-war Western consensus. Distinguished foreign correspondent William Shawcross shows why America had to take the lead, and why Britain - and many other countries - followed. It is required reading for everyone, regardless of political persuasion. From the reviews: 'A lucid and judicious analysis of the ways in which the challenge posed by Iraq was unlike anything previously faced by the postwar Western consensus.' Ian McIntyre, The Times 'Lucid and hugely readable... Allies is an articulate, informed presentation of the core relationship between George Bush and Tony Blair.' Paul Rogers, Independent

Sideshow Kissinger, Nixon, and the Destruction of Cambodia

Sideshow Kissinger, Nixon, and the Destruction of Cambodia

Author: William Shawcross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2002

Although there are many books and films dealing with the Vietnam War, Sideshow tells the truth about America's secret and illegal war with Cambodia from 1969 to 1973. William Shawcross interviewed hundreds of people of all nationalities, including cabinet ministers, military men, and civil servants, and extensively researched U.S. Government documents. This full-scale investigation-with material new to this edition-exposes how Kissinger and Nixon treated Cambodia as a sideshow. Although the president and his assistant claimed that a secret bombing campaign in Cambodia was necessary to eliminate North Vietnamese soldiers who were attacking American troops across the border, Shawcross maintains that the bombings only spread the conflict, but led to the rise of the Khmer Rouge and the subsequent massacre of a third of Cambodia's population.

Deliver Us from Evil Warlords and Peacekeepers in a World of Endless Conflict

Deliver Us from Evil Warlords and Peacekeepers in a World of Endless Conflict

Author: William Shawcross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2001

We have all seen press and television pictures of winding lines of refugees in Africa or on mountain passes in Europe and felt that 'something must be done'. In this urgent new book William Shawcross reveals what lies behind decisions by the 'international community' to intervene in a situation on humanitarian grounds, and what happens when the troops and aid agencies move in. It is a story of noble aspirations and often ignoble real politik. To tell the story of international peacekeeping in the last ten years Shawcross has gone where the warlords and the action are - Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Bosnia, Iraq, Kosovo, Somalia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and East Timor - and made full use of the privileged access he has had to the peacemakers, including global policy-makers, leading diplomats and key humanitarian aid officials. All of us would wish to be delivered from evil: Shawcross demonstrates what actually happens when our wish appears to be granted.

Murdoch

Murdoch

Author: William Shawcross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/1997

The Shah's Last Ride The Fate of an Ally

The Shah's Last Ride The Fate of an Ally

Author: William Shawcross Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/1989

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