WorldCat Identities

Bower, Tom

Works: 63 works in 424 publications in 7 languages and 10,348 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Claims 
Roles: Author, Creator
Classifications: HG3204, 940.5314
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Tom Bower
Nazi gold : the full story of the fifty-year Swiss-Nazi conspiracy to steal billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust survivors by Tom Bower( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in English and held by 1,407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nazi Gold is the expose of the fifty-year conspiracy by Swiss bankers to steal deposits by European Jews and help German Nazis hide the money they looted from Jewish victims of the Holocaust. It is also about a group of dedicated Americans with the U.S. Treasury Department - Sam Klaus, Orvis Schmidt, James Mann, and Seymour Rubin, to name a few - who struggled tirelessly for many years following World War II, with little support from the British and French, to get the Swiss to release the deposits to the rightful owners or their heirs. Finally, Nazi Gold is about the victims themselves - constantly rebuffed, denied, and humiliated in their efforts to recover their money and survive in a postwar world that showed them nothing but indifference, prejudice, and hate. Based on intensive research and incontrovertible evidence, Nazi Gold is the last dramatic chapter in the history of the Holocaust. Tom Bower, a distinguished British investigative historian, reveals for the first time in full the despicable role played by Swiss banks and the Swiss government in exploiting World War II and the persecution of the Jews to their financial advantage. He describes how Swiss industries manufactured and sold military equipment to the Germans during the war at a substantial profit, then after the war cynically turned away survivors and heirs of victims of the Holocaust with lies, obfuscation, and impossible-to-satisfy demands for proof of relationship to deceased depositors. Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished and sensational source material, as well as interviews with many individuals on all sides of the controversy, Bower is also able to re-create important and secret meetings and telephone conversations that are often astounding in the bluntness of their revelations
Klaus Barbie : the Butcher of Lyons by Tom Bower( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in English and held by 1,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The true story of one of Hitler's most feared and brutal killers: his life and crimes, postwar atrocities, and forty-year evasion of justice. During World War II, SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Nikolaus "Klaus" Barbie earned a reputation for sadistic cruelty unmatched by all but a handful of his contemporaries in Adolf Hitler's Gestapo. In 1942, he was dispatched to Nazi-occupied France after leaving his bloodstained mark on the Netherlands. In Lyons, Barbie was entrusted with "cleansing" the region of Jews, French Resistance fighters, and Communists, an assignment he undertook with unparalleled enthusiasm. Thousands of people died on Barbie's orders during his time in France-often by his own hand-including forty-four orphaned Jewish children and captured resistance leader Jean Moulin, who was tortured and beaten to death. When the Allies were approaching Lyons in the months following the D-Day invasion, Barbie and his subordinates fled, but not before brutally slaughtering all the prisoners still being held captive. But the war's conclusion was not the end of the Klaus Barbie nightmare. With the dawning of the Cold War, the "Butcher of Lyons" went on to find a new purpose in South America, just as tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union were escalating. Soon, Barbie had a different employer who valued his wartime experience and expertise as an anti-communist man hunter and murderer: the US intelligence services. In Klaus Barbie, investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker Tom Bower tells the fascinating, startling, and truly disturbing story of a real-life human monster, and draws back the curtain on one of America's most shocking secrets of the Cold War
Sweet revenge : the intimate life of Simon Cowell by Tom Bower( Book )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Simon Cowell has made an international name for himself as the no-holds-barred judge on the television phenomenon American Idol. He's been called mean, arrogant, brash, and unapologetic, but his stinging barbs and smug personality have also earned him cheers from fans, as well as millions of dollars, a string of exotic beauties, and industry clout to develop his own projects. But Cowell's true reward is revenge. Sweet Revenge is the ultimate insider's account of Simon Cowell's rise to fame--even as others plotted his downfall--from his cheeky exploits as a British school lad to his failures as a frustrated young music exec in London to his explosive rivalry with Simon Fuller over the genesis of the Idol franchise to the PR disaster that nearly sunk his wildly successful show The X Factor. Conducting more than 150 interviews with industry power players, Cowell's inner circle, and Cowell himself on a private jet, chartered yacht, at his L.A. home, and on the studio lot, Tom Bower pulls back the curtain on a man who is at once insecure, ambitious, easily bored, vain, needy, and driven, a man who will go to any limit to secure his success. Cowell is also revealed as a loyal friend and loving son. His father, to whom Cowell was particularly close, became his most trusted adviser and mentor. Packed with juicy details, exclusive interviews, and never-before-revealed facts, Sweet Revenge presents a complete picture of Simon Cowell that few have ever seen.--Publisher description
The pledge betrayed : America and Britain and the denazification of postwar Germany by Tom Bower( Book )

8 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an examination of the failure of denazification in post-World War II Germany and discusses how former Nazis were not only allowed to escape punishment for war crimes but were also allowed to return to positions of authority and power
Maxwell, the outsider by Tom Bower( Book )

39 editions published between 1988 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Years, Bower describes in depth the period after World War II during which Maxwell made a fortune out of barter deals and the export of scientific journals from Germany, which became the basis for his Pergamon Press flagship; the Pergamon-Leasco affair in the late 1960s (involving two millionaires, Maxwell and Saul Steinberg), an ill-fated takeover deal that fell apart with Maxwell declared unfit to hold office in a public company; and his revival of the loss-making
Oil : money, politics, and power in the 21st century by Tom Bower( Book )

8 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A groundbreaking, in-depth, and authoritative twenty-year history of the hunt and speculation for our most vital natural resource ... The story of oil is a story of high stakes and extreme risk. It is the story of the crushing rivalries between men and women exploring for oil five miles beneath the sea, battling for control of the world's biggest corporations, and gambling billions of dollars twenty-four hours every day on oil's prices. It is the story of corporate chieftains in Dallas and London, traders in New York, oil-oligarchs in Moscow, and globe-trotting politicians--all maneuvering for power ..."--Dust jacket flap
Branson : behind the mask by Tom Bower( Book )

29 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The image remains pristine: a charismatic high-school dropout turned billionaire, whose stratospheric rise and daring exploits have won him millions of enduring admirers and made him a model for aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the world. But is this story still credible? Over the last decade, has Branson matched the expectations perpetuated by Virgin's relentless publicity machine? Or have we all been seduced by a brilliant showman? In his most explosive book to date, Tom Bower, bestselling biographer of Simon Cowell, Bernie Ecclestone, Conrad Black and Robert Maxwell, dares to explore the reality of the Branson empire. In doing so, he unravels the gripping story of his recent activities - from the astonishing success of mobile phones to his troubled airlines and his long delayed plan to send multimillionaires into space - and asks whether he really remains Britain's heroic buccaneer."--Publisher description
Blind eye to murder : Britain, America and the purging of Nazi Germany--a pledge betrayed by Tom Bower( Book )

27 editions published between 1981 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1942, when news of the Nazi genocide reached the West, the leaders of the anti-Hitler coalition pledged to punish all those responsible for war crimes. Their resoluteness was confirmed by the Moscow declaration of December 1942 and a number of other pronouncements. Despite this decision, the compilation of a list of Nazi criminals, and the arrests of some leading personalities after the war, neither the U.S. nor Britain succeeded in punishing those guilty of the Holocaust and carrying out the denazification of Germany. Although the Nuremberg Trials, and some lesser ones, were conducted in the British and American occupation zones, many criminals not only went unpunished but were even reinstated in decision-making positions in West Germany, and many others were allowed into Britain and the U.S. Guided by political and economic considerations rather than by justice, Britain, the USA, and other Western nations renounced their pledge and granted shelter to Nazi criminals and their accomplices. Britain and other countries began to revise their policy toward former Nazi criminals only in the late 1980s-90s
Blood money : the Swiss, the Nazis and the looted billions by Tom Bower( Book )

34 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in 6 languages and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie over de heling door Zwitserse banken van het door de Duitsers tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog geroofde joodse goudbezit en de wijze waarop de banken na de oorlog aan teruggave trachtten te ontkomen
No angel : the secret life of Bernie Ecclestone by Tom Bower( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Private, mysterious and some say sinister, 79 year-old Bernie Ecclestone criss crosses the globe in his private jet mixing with celebrities, statesmen and sporting heroes. Ecclestones success has not just been to create a multi billion dollar global business but to resist repeated attempts to snatch the glittering prize from his control
Gordon Brown by Tom Bower( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gordon Brown's arrival at the Treasury in 1997 was greeted by a stampede - officials of every rank spontaneously rushed to the door to cheer the new incumbent, excited about the change. As Master of the New Era, Brown created a matrix of relationships across every Whitehall department, and extended his influence to every aspect of government activity. Over eight years at the heart of government, he has retained his gloomy, brooding dominance, stomping about the Treasury while shaping the nation's finances, planning his party's election strategy and plotting - perhaps - his eventual acquisition of the highest political job of all. Brown is now more than ever a contender for the 'not ignoble' role of leader, but despite extensive newspaper coverage of his activities, his personal agenda has rarely been investigated and described. And in the taut balance of power between Treasury and Westminster Village, the moments of defiance seen in broadcasts and speeches have, thus far, failed to materialise into a comprehensive open challenge." "Loaded with insider information and first-hand interviews, Tom Bower delves deep into a ministerial career shaped by intrigue and ruthlessness. Brown's supremacy in a finely tuned Treasury machine has enabled him to claim credit for Britain's continuing financial health, but chinks in the armour cannot be held at bay forever. Successive costly crises make it increasingly apparent that no coherent policy unifies Brown's schemes, and the consequences threaten to be devastating. Describing the ambitions, manoeuvres and plots of individuals close to Brown, Tom Bower exposes the path towards potential meltdown of a nation." "This is the story of the unfolding demise of an inverted ideologue, campaigning against prejudice and privilege, who failed to understand the consequences of his ideals and unwittingly sabotaged his dream. The human drama of Brown's tormented Chancellorship is the definitive story of New Labour's rule over Britain."--Jacket
Broken dreams : vanity, greed and the souring of British football by Tom Bower( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Focusing on key agents, managers and chairmen, Tom Bower uncovers a world of egoism, avarice and outrageous backhanders. Meticulously researched, Broken Dreams is a superbly incisive account of how self-interested individuals, adopting questionable and predatory business methods, exploit the sport of football to earn billions of pounds and huge glory."--BOOK JACKET
Broken vows : Tony Blair, the tragedy of power by Tom Bower( Book )

14 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Tony Blair became prime minister in May 1997, he was, at forty-three, the youngest person to hold that office since 1812. With a landslide majority, his approval rating was 93 per cent and he went on to become Labour's longest-serving premier. On his first election campaign, Blair had promised that 'New Labour' would modernize Britain, freeing it from sleaze, special interests and government secrecy. He vowed to give priority to social justice and equal opportunity for all. So what went wrong? The invasion of Iraq was particularly controversial and unleashed public fury against a government accused of not being open and honest in its march to war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Alastair Campbell's 'dodgy' dossiers about WMDs sparked outrage, but did the contamination of New Labour's spin stretch beyond the wars? What is the truth behind Blair's claims of rebuilding Britain's schools, hospitals and welfare services? Why did he covertly open the doors to mass immigration? And how is it that the same man who risked his government to destroy Slobodan MiloSevic and Saddam Hussein has, since leaving office, earned millions of pounds serving dictators? Tom Bower was one of those who in 1997 looked on in excited anticipation as Blair took up residence in Downing Street. Now, with unprecedented access to more than 180 Whitehall officials, military officers and politicians, he has uncovered the full story of Blair's decade in power. To distil the magic and the myths of an era all Britons experienced but have not properly understood, he has followed Blair's trail since his resignation - to Asia, the Middle East and America, where he has built an extraordinary commercial empire advising tycoons and tyrants. The result is the political thriller of the year - a dramatic re-evaluation of Tony Blair which disentangles the mystery of an extraordinary politician - and illuminates the ultimate tragedy of power
Fayed : the unauthorized biography by Tom Bower( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the tradition of his previous books, including "Blood Money", the author turns to Mohamed Al Fayed, owner of Harrods, bereaved father of Dodi, and instigator of the "cash for questions" row that occurred during the last Tory government
Klaus Barbie, Butcher of Lyons by Tom Bower( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A detailed account of Barbie's career, especially about his escape after the war and the hunt for him in South America until his extradition to France in February 1983
The squeeze : oil, money and greed in the twenty-first century by Tom Bower( Book )

9 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tells the sensational human story of the hunt for oil, and the politics, power and personalities involved
The perfect English spy : Sir Dick White and the secret war, 1935-1990 by Tom Bower( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at the long-time director of Britain's counterintelligence service, MI5
Rebel prince : the power, passion and defiance of Prince Charles by Tom Bower( Book )

6 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tom Bower reveals the power, passion and defiance of Prince Charles. Few heirs to the throne have suffered as much humiliation as Prince Charles. Despite his hard work and genuine concern for the disadvantaged, he has struggled to overcome his unpopularity. After Diana's death, his approval rating crashed to 4% and has been only rescued by his marriage to Camilla. Nevertheless, just one third of Britons now support him to be the next king. Many still fear that his accession to the throne will cause a constitutional crisis. That mistrust climaxed in the aftermath of the trial of Paul Burrell, Diana's butler, acquitted after the Queen's sensational 'recollection'. In unearthing many secrets surrounding that and many other dramas, Bower's book, relying on the testimony from over 120 people employed or welcomed into the inner sanctum of Clarence House, reveals a royal household rife with intrigue and misconduct. The result is a book which uniquely will probe into the character and court of the Charles that no one, until now, has seen
Conrad & Lady Black : dancing on the edge by Tom Bower( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The rise and fall of media tycoon Conrad Black and his journalist wife, Barbara Amiel, is one of the great stories of the modern business world."
The paperclip conspiracy : the battle for the spoils and secrets of Nazi Germany by Tom Bower( Book )

13 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om den amerikanske rekruttering af tyske videnskabsmænd og krigsforbrydere efter 2. verdenskrig
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Nazi gold : the full story of the fifty-year Swiss-Nazi conspiracy to steal billions from Europe's Jews and Holocaust survivors
Maxwell, the outsiderOil : money, politics, and power in the 21st centuryBranson : behind the maskBlind eye to murder : Britain, America and the purging of Nazi Germany--a pledge betrayedBlood money : the Swiss, the Nazis and the looted billionsNo angel : the secret life of Bernie EcclestoneGordon BrownBroken dreams : vanity, greed and the souring of British football
Alternative Names
Bower, Thomas M.

Bower, Thomas M. 1946-

Bower, Thomas Michael

Tom Bower Brits schrijver

Tom Bower scrittore e giornalista britannico

Том Бауэр

توم باور مؤرخ وكاتب بريطاني

バウアー, トム

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