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Beckett, Francis 1945-

Overview
Works: 36 works in 142 publications in 1 language and 3,547 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies  Drama  Case studies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: DA591.B56, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Francis Beckett
Enemy within : the rise and fall of the British Communist Party by Francis Beckett( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clem Attlee by Francis Beckett( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Blairs and their court by Francis Beckett( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marching to the fault line : the 1984 miners' strike and the death of industrial Britain by Francis Beckett( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 1984 Miners' strike was one of the defining moments in modern British history. Leading journalists David Hencke and Francis Beckett had unrivalled access to key government and union players at the heart of the story; they have also uncovered material that the powerful would have liked to remain secret
Blair Inc. : the man behind the mask by Francis Beckett( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since leaving office in 2007, the secretive empire of Tony Blair has grown exponentially. As a businessman he has been unprecedentedly successful for a former public servant, with a large property portfolio and an estimated GBP80 million of earnings accrued in just a few short years. But how has he managed to achieve this? Being an ex-Prime Minister comes with certain advantages, and besides his excellent state pension and 24-hour security team, Blair enjoys the best contacts that money can buy - as do those willing to pay him for access to them. Consequently, Tony Blair Associates' clients can be found around the world, and include the morally distasteful presidents of Kazakhstan and Burma. There is also Blair's role as special envoy in the Middle East. While his record as a peacemaker is in doubt, the position has brought him into contact with a variety of oil-rich potentates in the region who now number among his most profitable clients. Blair Inc.: The Man behind the Mask takes a close look at the world that Blair attempts to hide from scrutiny - his own. From the complex financial structures he uses to hide his profits - and the amount of tax he pays - to the multiple conflicts of interest produced by his increasing web of relationships, this book attempts to expose the dubious private dealings of this very public figure
Gordon Brown by Francis Beckett( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Olivier by Francis Beckett( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The great city academy fraud by Francis Beckett( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exposes the British government's city academies project: the ways in which companies and rich individuals have been persuaded to sponsor academies, their real reasons for sponsoring them, the lies that have been told in support of the academies project, and the effect it may have on Britain's schools
What did the baby boomers ever do for us? : why the children of the sixties lived the dream and failed the future by Francis Beckett( Book )

11 editions published between 2010 and 2017 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The baby boomers saw themselves as pioneers of a new world - freer, fresher, fairer and infinitely more fun. But they were wrong. The world they made for their children to live in is a far harsher one than the world they inherited. The author argues that the children of the '60s betrayed the generations that came before and after
Stalin's British victims by Francis Beckett( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book tells the stories of four remarkable British women whose lives were scorched by Stalin's purges. One was shot as a spy; one nearly died as a slave labourer in Kazakhstan; and two saw their husbands taken away to the gulag and had to spirit their small children out of the country." "We think of the horrors of the middle of the twentieth century - the Holocaust in Central Europe, the purges in the Soviet Union - as something foreign: terrible, but remote, like famine in Africa. But Rosa Rust, Rose Cohen, Freda Utley and Pearl Rimel were all Londoners, as English as fish and chips, as familiar in our capital as Piccadilly Circus. Like hundreds of young, idealistic Britons in the 1930s, they looked to the Soviet Union for inspiration, for a way in which society could be run better without the exploitation and poverty which unrestrained capitalism had created. They were less fortunate than most of us - they saw their dream fulfilled." "Francis Beckett draws on personal letters, interviews with surviving relatives, and archives to create a picture of four courageous, intelligent and very different women. The result is a harrowing human document with vivid and unforgettable insights into the world of Stalin's Russia: its secret trials, labour camps, random disappearances, and concealed executions."--BOOK JACKET
1956 : the year that changed Britain by Francis Beckett( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1956, everything changed. Britain and France occupied Suez, and the Soviet Union invaded Hungary. Nikita Khrushchev's 'secret speech' exposed the crimes of Stalin. Suddenly the left found itself homeless, as the Communist Party became uninhabitable. The Royal Court Theatre unveiled John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, exploding the upper-middle-class complacency in which British theatre had cloaked itself.Tommy Steele and Lonnie Donegan leapt to fame, rock 'n' roll music replacing the gentle pop songs Mum and Dad also liked. Jim Laker made history by taking nineteen Australian wickets at Old Trafford, and Britain deported Archbishop Makarios from Cyprus and suppressed the Mau Mau in Kenya. It was the first full year of independent television, and the year the Treaty of Rome was negotiated. All the comfortable post-war assumptions were shattered.In the immediate post-war years, many people thought that, having conquered the Nazis, there was little else left to conquer. In 1956, they learned that they were wrong. 1956 was the end of the Second World War and the start of the '60s. It was the year Attlee's Britain started to crumble and Thatcher's Britain stirred in the womb.This extraordinary book takes us through this most momentous of years, week by week and sometimes hour by hour
Bevan by Clare Beckett( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aneurin Nye Bevan was the man who created the British National Health Service, the crowning achievement of the post-Second World War Labor government
Macmillan by Francis Beckett( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume looks at the life of Harold Macmillan, Conservative politician, and prime minister from 1957 until 1963. He repaired the rift between the USA and Britain created by Suez and secured for Britain co-operation on issues of nuclear defence
The survivor : Tony Blair in peace and war by Francis Beckett( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tony Blair has it all: power, success, flair, an adoring family and a face for every occasion. Admired in the US, grudgingly respected in the EU, this self-styled saviour of the world bounces back from any crisis, slur or scandal with an unfazed shrug even his enemies can only admire. Having single-handedly rebranded the Labour Party, he took Britain into an arguably illegal war in Iraq, provoking hostility both at home and abroad, and saw his own name become synonymous with 'liar' - yet he cruised through another general election to win a historic third term in office. Is it skill, cunning or just sheer luck that has since seen him bag the Olympics for London, stamp his mark on the latest G8 meeting and steady the country after the 2005 London bombings?"--Jacket
Fascist in the family : the tragedy of John Beckett M.P. by Francis Beckett( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Even by the standards of the heated political atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s, John Beckett led an extraordinary life. Elected as Labour's youngest M.P. in 1924, he was a prominent member of the left wing ILP and tipped for future greatness in the party. But his gradual disillusionment with Parliament led him to join the British Union of Fascists in 1934 where he was editor of several fascist publications and a prominent speaker. Moving even further to the fringes of the extreme right, he was a founder with William Joyce (aka Lord Haw-Haw) of the National Socialist League in 1937 and later interned by the government during WW2. He re-emerged from prison after the war and continued his right-wing political activities before converting to Catholicism in later life. The book draws on newly released security service (MI5) files as well as recent research and has been completely revised and updated throughout. Written by the subject's son, an acclaimed political biographer and journalist, this is a fascinating and candid account of a troubled man in turbulent times"...Provided by publisher
The rebel who lost his cause : the tragedy of John Beckett by Francis Beckett( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stalin's British victim : the story of Rosa Rust by Francis Beckett( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Clem Attlee : Labour's great reformer by Francis Beckett( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Firefighters & the Blitz by Francis Beckett( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in Undetermined and English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of the National Fire Service's origins in the devastation of the Blitz during the Second World War, commissioned by the Fire Brigades Union to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start of the blitz"--Author's website, Feb. 27, 2012
Money makes you happy : a play by Francis Beckett( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Blairs and their court
Alternative Names
Beckett, Francis

Francis Beckett British journalist, writre and historian

Francis Beckett Brits journalist

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Clem AttleeThe Blairs and their courtMarching to the fault line : the 1984 miners' strike and the death of industrial BritainGordon BrownOlivierThe great city academy fraudWhat did the baby boomers ever do for us? : why the children of the sixties lived the dream and failed the futureStalin's British victims