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Brendon, Piers

Works: 51 works in 304 publications in 7 languages and 9,782 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Piers Brendon
The decline and fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997 by Piers Brendon( Book )

33 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and held by 2,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After the American Revolution, the British Empire appeared doomed. But over the next 150 years it grew to become the greatest and most diverse empire the world has ever seenfrom Canada to Australia to China, India, and Egyptseven times larger than the Roman Empire at its apogee. Yet it was also fundamentally weak, as Piers Brendon shows in this panoramic chronicle. Run from a tiny island base, it operated on a shoestring with the help of local elites. It enshrined a belief in freedom that would fatally undermine its authority. Spread too thin, and facing wars, economic crises, and domestic discord, the empire would vanish almost as quickly as it appeared. Within a generation, it collapsed, sometimes amid bloodshed, leaving unfinished business in Rhodesia, the Falklands, and Hong Kong. Above all, it left a contested legacy: at best, a sporting spirit, a legal code, and a nearuniversal language; at worst, failed states and internecine strife. From publisher description
The dark valley : a panorama of the 1930s by Piers Brendon( Book )

42 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A magisterial, unprecedented overview of the clouded and turbulent years before World War II. It was a decade dominated worldwide by the Great Depression, by unemployment and hardship; a time when human achievement was matched by pervasive fear; when the great neon metaphors of hope that rose up after World War I--Broadway, Piccadilly Circus, the Kurfürstendamm, the Ginza--grew dim both literally and figuratively. It was a decade during which darkness often masqueraded as light--Hitler's abolition of unemployment in Germany; Stalin's plans for progress and social equality in Russia; Mussolini's "revival" of Italy--while governments established and maintained control through brutal physical repression and the more insidious, lasting repressions of truth: sanctioned deception and relentless propaganda. It was a decade during which a diffuse economic and social crisis condensed into a massive political and military storm. Focusing individually on each of the primary staging grounds for history during the 1930s--the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Britain, Japan, Russia and Spain--Piers Brendon traces the particular and diverse experiences of the decade. Political and economic circumstances form the framework of this breathtaking work of scholarship, but it is also the story of people: both of crucial figures--Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Roosevelt, Franco, Chiang Kai-Shek and Mussolini, to name a few--and of a secondary, but no less fascinating, cast of characters, including George Orwell, Leni Riefenstahl and Ernest Hemingway. Brendon vividly conjures the texture and tone of life in places as far-flung as Paris and Kyoto, Vienna and Shanghai, Magnitogorsk in the Ural Mountains and Norris in the Tennessee Valley. He depicts the circumstances of the Ukrainian famine and the American Dust Bowl, the Night of the Long Knives and the conquest of Ethiopia, the bombing of Guernica, the Anschluss and the great Soviet purges. He describes the clothes people wore, the food they ate, the books and newspapers they read, the work they did or lacked, the beliefs they held, the pleasures they enjoyed, the sufferings they endured. The public sphere and the personal realm, the collective lives of nations and the details of individual lives--each element of the book contributes to its brilliant elucidation of the ways in which, during the 1930s, political power obscured knowledge, economic catastrophe darkened understanding and the foundation was laid for the most profound and far-reaching crisis of modern times. The Dark Valley is a revelation of the ten years that set the course for the remainder of the twentieth century.--Publisher description
Ike, his life and times by Piers Brendon( Book )

7 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this biography about Dwight D. Eisenhower, Piers Brendon reveals how his impact upon the course of the western world is still being calculated. Witty and morally penetrating, Ike is an account of a man and an era that have put a profound stamp on our present and on our future.--[book jacket]
Winston Churchill : a biography by Piers Brendon( Book )

41 editions published between 1984 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 995 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This biography captures the full range of Winston Churchill's career. Churchill's achievement extended beyond his role in World War II. There are anecdotes to help illuminate this account of the courage and egotism, rudeness and humour, brutality and commpassion that was Winston Churchill
The life and death of the press barons by Piers Brendon( Book )

13 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beschrijving van het leven en werk van de Britse en Amerikaanse kranteneigenaars die tot voor kort de dagbladpers in Groot-Brittanië en de V.S. beheersten
Eminent Edwardians by Piers Brendon( Book )

23 editions published between 1979 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Windsors : a dynasty revealed by Piers Brendon( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2001 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The House of Windsor was created in 1917, in the midst of World War I, in order to avoid a perceived taint of a German surname which had been held by British royalty since the time of George I who was from Hanover. George V, grandson of Queen Victoria, was the first to use the name Windsor and all of his descendants have since 1917. Fearfull of losing the throne due to anti-monarchy sentiment which was rampant after the first World War, George V worked hard to create an image of a strong, loving, moral family which was good for England. Subsequent monarchs have also worked on keeping such an image. Unfortunately, the recent failed marriages, accusations of marital infidelity and scandals of Elizabeth II's children have caused serious problems for the House of Windsor. There have been suggestions that Elizabeth II may indeed be the last monarch to rule Britain
Hurrell Froude and the Oxford Movement by Piers Brendon( Book )

9 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Cook : 150 years of popular tourism by Piers Brendon( Book )

14 editions published between 1991 and 1995 in English and Japanese and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quelques pages concerne les Alpes, dont le Simplon
Hawker of Morwenstow : portrait of a Victorian eccentric by Piers Brendon( Book )

12 editions published between 1975 and 2011 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ike : the life and times of Dwight D. Eisenhower by Piers Brendon( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and German and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Militærhistorie. Militærbiografi. Om den amerikanske general, hærfører, politiker, statsmand og præsident Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969), beskrivelse af hans liv, levnedsløb og militære og politiske karriere. Der er skrevet mange bøger om General Eisenhower, en af de virkelig store hærførere i de Allierede styrker under 2. Verdenskrig, "Ike", som han kaldes af næsten alle, bl.a. fordi han blev et symbol på "the Atlantic Alliance." Den engelske forfatter fordeler bogens hovedvægt ligeligt på Eisenhowers militære og politiske karriere, dvs under og efter 2. Verdenskrig. Bogen er grundig og har et udførligt note- og kildemateriale, samt en oversigt over kodenavne vedrørende operationerne under 2. Verdenskrig
Spying on the royals( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Declassified documents bring to light the secret story of the stunning events of 1936, detailing the most controversial espionage operation in British history, targeting King Edward VIII and his feisty American lover Wallis Simpson, both considered major security threats. Edward and Wallis were bugged, wire-tapped, and followed, on the orders of both the British king and the American president
Eminent Elizabethans by Piers Brendon( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Modelled on Lytton Strachey's classic portrayal of eminent Victorians, the author's cameo biographies sheds new light on the age of Queen Elizabeth II. All four of his characters have loomed large in the annals of their time. All have aroused controversy in the uttermost corners of the earth, stirring passion
Winston Churchill : a biography by Piers Brendon( Recording )

9 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A portrait, warts, wit, and all."
Our own dear Queen by Piers Brendon( Book )

3 editions published in 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The motoring century : the story of the Royal Automobile Club by Piers Brendon( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward VIII : the uncrowned king by Piers Brendon( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After my death," George V said of his eldest son and heir, "the boy will ruin himself within twelve months." The forecast proved uncannily accurate. Edward VIII came to the throne in January 1936, provoked a constitutional crisis by his determination to marry the American divorcée Wallis Simpson, and abdicated in December. He was never crowned king. In choosing the woman he loved over his royal birthright, Edward shook the monarchy to its foundations. Given the new title 'Duke of Windsor' and essentially sent into exile, he remained a visible skeleton in the royal cupboard until his death in 1972 and he haunts the house of Windsor to this day. Drawing on unpublished material, notably correspondence with his most loyal (though much tried) supporter Winston Churchill, Piers Brendon's superb biography traces Edward's tumultuous public and private life from bright young prince to troubled sovereign, from wartime colonial governor to sad but glittering expatriate. With pace and panache, it cuts through the myths that still surround this most controversial of modern British monarchs. - Publisher
Eminent Edwardians : four figures who defined their age, Northcliffe, Balfour, Pankhurst, Baden-Powell by Piers Brendon( Book )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his account of four figures (Northcliffe, Balfour, Pankhurst, Baden-Powell), each of them, in their different ways, "monsters," Piers Brendon writes wittily and succinctly--and illuminates an age. Their eminence was global, not just because Britannia ruled the waves, but because they made a lasting international impact: imprinting an indelible media presence on contemporary life; filling the powder-keg which is still the Middle East; leading the emancipation of women; and preparing the younger generation for a world shaped by the ebbing of empire.--From publisher description
The house of Windsor : a dynasty revealed by Piers Brendon( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ike, his life and times by Piers Brendon( Recording )

9 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ike's early career in the Army wasn't remarkable. Yet, General Marshall chose him to lead the invasion of Europe. Later, his nation chose him as their political leader and eight years of prosperity followed
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The decline and fall of the British Empire, 1781-1997
The dark valley : a panorama of the 1930sWinston Churchill : a biographyEminent EdwardiansHawker of Morwenstow : portrait of a Victorian eccentricThe motoring century : the story of the Royal Automobile ClubEminent Edwardians : four figures who defined their age, Northcliffe, Balfour, Pankhurst, Baden-Powell
Alternative Names
Brendon, Piers

Piers Brendon British writer

Piers Brendon Brits historicus

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