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David Reynolds - Author

About the Author

David Reynolds won the Wolfson Prize in 2004 for his superb book on Churchill, and is the author of Summits (2007) and most recently America: Empire of Liberty (2009). He has made critically acclaimed films and series for both BBC4 and BBC2 including films on Churchill and Attlee.

Featured books by David Reynolds

The Long Shadow The Great War and the Twentieth Century

The Long Shadow The Great War and the Twentieth Century

Author: David Reynolds Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/09/2014

In Britain we have lost touch with the Great War. Our overriding sense now is of a meaningless, futile bloodbath in the mud of Flanders -- of young men whose lives were cut off in their prime for no evident purpose. But by reducing the conflict to personal tragedies, however moving, we have lost the big picture: the history has been distilled into poetry. In The Long Shadow, critically acclaimed author David Reynolds seeks to redress the balance by exploring the true impact of 1914-18 on the 20th century. Some of the Great War's legacies were negative and pernicious but others proved transformative in a positive sense. Exploring big themes such as democracy and empire, nationalism and capitalism and re-examining the differing impacts of the War on Britain, Ireland and the United States, The Long Shadow throws light on the whole of the last century and demonstrates that 1914-18 is a conflict that Britain, more than any other nation, is still struggling to comprehend. Stunningly broad in its historical perspective, The Long Shadow is a magisterial and seismic re-presentation of the Great War.

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Other books by David Reynolds

Island Stories Britain and its History in the Age of Brexit

Island Stories Britain and its History in the Age of Brexit

Author: David Reynolds Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/10/2019

What does Brexit mean to you? For award-winning historian David Reynolds, it's neither a saga of British liberation nor a Westminster soap: it's a crisis of national identity a long time in the making. Politicians like to extol 'our island story' as if there is just one island and one story. Island Stories takes a broader view, exploring the history of Britain's identity through the great defining narratives of its past, from rise and decline to engagement in Europe and the legacies of empire. This is a book that resets our perspective on Britain and its place in the world. Traversing the centuries, Reynolds sheds fresh light on topics ranging from the slave trade to the heritage industry, from the 'Channel' to the 'special relationship', from India to the 'English problem'. He examines how other critical turning points have forged our history, including the Act of Union with Scotland and the political mishandling of post-1945 immigration. Island Stories also looks carefully across the Irish Sea, noting - as Brexit has shown again - that Ireland is the 'other island' the English have always been dangerously happy to forget. Island Stories leads us on an exciting journey through history, investigating how Britain's sense of national identity has been shaped and contested, and how that saga has brought us to the era of Brexit. Combining sharp historical analysis with vivid human stories, this is big history with a light touch that will challenge and entertain anyone interested in where Britain has come from and where it is heading.

The Kremlin Letters Stalin's Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt

The Kremlin Letters Stalin's Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt

Author: David Reynolds Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2019

A penetrating account of the dynamics of World War II's Grand Alliance through the messages exchanged by the Big Three Stalin exchanged more than six hundred messages with Allied leaders Churchill and Roosevelt during the Second World War. In this riveting volume-the fruit of a unique British-Russian scholarly collaboration-the messages are published and also analyzed within their historical context. Ranging from intimate personal greetings to weighty salvos about diplomacy and strategy, this book offers fascinating new revelations of the political machinations and human stories behind the Allied triumvirate. Edited and narrated by two of the world's leading scholars on World War II diplomacy and based on a decade of research in British, American, and newly available Russian archives, this crucial addition to wartime scholarship illuminates an alliance that really worked while exposing its fractious limits and the issues and egos that set the stage for the Cold War that followed.

The Kremlin Letters Stalin's Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt

The Kremlin Letters Stalin's Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt

Author: David Reynolds Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2018

A penetrating account of the dynamics of World War II's Grand Alliance through the messages exchanged by the Big Three Stalin exchanged more than six hundred messages with Allied leaders Churchill and Roosevelt during the Second World War. In this riveting volume-the fruit of a unique British-Russian scholarly collaboration-the messages are published and also analyzed within their historical context. Ranging from intimate personal greetings to weighty salvos about diplomacy and strategy, this book offers fascinating new revelations of the political machinations and human stories behind the Allied triumvirate. Edited and narrated by two of the world's leading scholars on World War II diplomacy and based on a decade of research in British, American, and newly available Russian archives, this crucial addition to wartime scholarship illuminates an alliance that really worked while exposing its fractious limits and the issues and egos that set the stage for the Cold War that followed.

America: Empire of Liberty

America: Empire of Liberty

Author: David Reynolds Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2017

David Reynolds' major BBC Radio 4 series explores the origins of contemporary USA from its beginnings to the present dayThis epic narrative tells America's story through the voices of those who lived it - presidents and farmers, mothers and children, settlers and soldiers, slaves and Indians. The series celebrates the country's achievements but also examines its paradoxes by investigating three abiding themes of American life: empire, liberty and faith.Empire of Liberty: From the arrival of Native Americans from Asia, to the slave trade and the forced relocation of the Indians, the first series describes how the US expanded to cover a whole continent, laying the foundations of a superpower - if the country could remain united.Power & Progress: The second series depicts the tragedy and heroism of the Civil War (1861-65), which finally ended slavery - though not racial discrimination - and the dynamism of the reunited nation as it grew into an industrial giant. America's role in the Second World War is also examined.Empire & Evil: The final series chronicles America's long struggle with the Soviet Union, and examines the effect of that confrontation on American values, particularly in Vietnam and Watergate. The country's struggle to overcome its racist past led from the Civil Rights Movement to its first black president. Also examined is the impact of Elvis on popular music, the battle over abortion and the story of the personal computer and the information revolution.

The International Handbook of School Effectiveness Research

The International Handbook of School Effectiveness Research

Author: David Reynolds, Charles B. Teddlie Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2016

What constitutes quality schooling? What are the implications for educational practice and administration? The text looks at these questions and examines international research evidence and reform initiatives with particular emphasis on North America, UK, Australasia and the Third World. It offers a synopsis of the Third World School Effects Research (SER). The authors claim that the challenges now facing educational leaders is to find a balance between SER and the other school movements and to ask more demanding questions of our educational systems.

Love Comes With a Leash

Love Comes With a Leash

Author: David Reynolds Format: eBook Release Date: 21/12/2015

Sparks fly when two people working on a pet adoption event find they have more in common than just dogs and cats. Love Comes With a Leash by contemporary romance author David Reynolds is a delightful tale of dating, relationships, and, of course, love!A love of dogs brings two distant co-workers in touch. While they raise money to help animals, they find their mutual love of pets becoming a love for each other.Content Notes: Spicy, Contemporary, Romantic Comedy

Britannia Overruled British Policy and World Power in the Twentieth Century

Britannia Overruled British Policy and World Power in the Twentieth Century

Author: David Reynolds Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/04/2015

This book brings together the often separated histories of diplomacy, defence, economics and empire in a provocative reinterpretation of British 'decline'. It also offers a broader reflection on the nature of international power and the mechanisms of policymaking. For this Second Edition, David Reynolds has added a new chapters and extends his lively and incisive analysis to the beginning of the new millennium.

Slow Road to Brownsville A Journey Through the Heart of the Old West

Slow Road to Brownsville A Journey Through the Heart of the Old West

Author: David Reynolds Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2014

Immensely illuminating and enjoyable account of a road trip along Highway 83 ...Books like [Reynold's] prove that good travel writing remains not only very much alive, but essential. --The Bookseller In Slow Road to Brownsville, David Reynolds embarks on a road trip along Highway 83, a little-known two-lane highway built in 1926 that runs from Swan River, Manitoba, to the Mexican border at Brownsville, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico. Growing up in a small town in England, Reynolds was enthralled by both the myth of the Wild West and the myth of the open road. This road trip is his exploration of the reality behind these myths as he makes his way from small town to small town, gas station to gas station, and motel to motel, hanging out in bars, drinking with the locals, and observing their sometimes-peculiar customs. Reynolds also wanted to see the country where the Sioux, the Cheyenne, the Comanches, the Apaches, and other native groups lived and died and to look at how their descendants live now. He describes the forced location of the Cheyenne people, discovers the true story of the Alamo, and finds similarities between Sitting Bull's tours and those of the Black

Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s

Fawning, Fear and Frustration: A Collection of Teenage Poetry from the 90s

Author: David Reynolds Format: eBook Release Date: 05/08/2011

Fawning, Fear and Frustration collects thirty six poems by a young David Reynolds. It features a range of poetry that considers love, death and confusion in addition to a number of matters that lay somewhere in between.

American Civil War,

American Civil War,

Author: David Reynolds Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2011

Ten episodes from David Reynolds' award-winning radio series, which trace the history of the American Civil War. This narrative tells the story of the American Civil War through the voices of those who lived it. Written and presented by acclaimed historian David Reynolds, these extracts come from the series 'America: Empire of Liberty', which won the Voice of the Listener & Viewer Award for the Best New Radio Programme and was nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award. The 10 episodes included are: 'The Ninety-Day War', 'The Killers Take Command', 'Forever Free', 'A New Nation', 'War Behind the Battle Lines', 'The Passing of the Dead', 'Dead States, New Birth', 'Reunion but not Reconstruction', 'New South, Old Ways' and 'War and Memory'. 'The interwoven voices and news reports of the time... make for striking immediacy' - Observer (on 'Empire of Liberty').

Failure-Free Education? The Past, Present and Future of School Effectiveness and School Improvement

Failure-Free Education? The Past, Present and Future of School Effectiveness and School Improvement

Author: David Reynolds Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2011

David Reynolds is recognised internationally as one of the leaders of the school effectiveness and school improvement movement, and Failure Free Education? brings together for the first time many of his most influential and provocative pieces. Drawing on the author's work from over three decades, these extracts from his seminal books, chapters, papers and articles combine to give a unique overview of how the movement developed, the problems involved in the application of the knowledge and the disciplines' potentially glittering future now. The book also covers the issues raised by, and lessons learned from, his close involvement with English government educational policymaking from the mid 1990s to date. This book is essential reading for those who seek to understand how we can make every school a good school, and what the obstacles may be to achieving that goal.

Failure-Free Education? The Past, Present and Future of School Effectiveness and School Improvement

Failure-Free Education? The Past, Present and Future of School Effectiveness and School Improvement

Author: David Reynolds Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/02/2010

David Reynolds is recognised internationally as one of the leaders of the school effectiveness and school improvement movement, and Failure Free Education? brings together for the first time many of his most influential and provocative pieces. Drawing on the author's work from over three decades, these extracts from his seminal books, chapters, papers and articles combine to give a unique overview of how the movement developed, the problems involved in the application of the knowledge and the disciplines' potentially glittering future now. The book also covers the issues raised by, and lessons learned from, his close involvement with English government educational policymaking from the mid 1990s to date. This book is essential reading for those who seek to understand how we can make every school a good school, and what the obstacles may be to achieving that goal.

America, Empire of Liberty A New History

America, Empire of Liberty A New History

Author: David Reynolds Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2010

It was Thomas Jefferson who envisioned the United States as a great 'empire of liberty.' In the first new one-volume history in two decades, David Reynolds takes Jefferson's phrase as a key to the saga of America - helping unlock both its grandeur and its paradoxes. He examines how the anti-empire of 1776 became the greatest superpower the world has seen, how the country that offered liberty and opportunity on a scale unmatched in Europe nevertheless founded its prosperity on the labour of black slaves and the dispossession of the Native Americans. He explains how these tensions between empire and liberty have often been resolved by faith - both the evangelical Protestantism that has energized U.S. politics since the foundation of the nation and the larger faith in American righteousness that has impelled the country's expansion. Reynolds' account is driven by a compelling argument which illuminates our contemporary world.

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