Books by William Shawcross

Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"Courtly, engaging, down-to-earth letters by a kindly English aristocrat of the old school."
A lifetime of letters by the beloved queen mother reflects a tumultuous century in England. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Sure to cause further heated debate on the Mohammed situation and other similar scenarios."
A controversial intervention into the ongoing political and legal argument about whether and how to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and his co-conspirators for their role in the 9/11 attack. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN MOTHER by William Shawcross
Released: Oct. 23, 2009

"Tucking scandals neatly under the rug, the author unfurls an exhaustive biography of the Queen Mother, which may leave non-British readers merely exhausted."
Former Sunday Times journalist Shawcross follows up his tribute to Queen Elizabeth II (Queen and Country, 2002) with an extremely lengthy biography of the much beloved Queen Mother. Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 2002

"Essential reading for Elizabeth's admirers and a good vehicle for Americans seeking to understand the affection she commands."
A richly illustrated, well-written biography of England's reigning monarch, now celebrating 50 years on the throne. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2000

"Failure to failure, too, as the UN is hamstrung repeatedly by the mixed motives of its member states, especially the five permanent members of the Security Council - the US, Great Britain, France, Russia, and China."
The horror stories parade across the front pages and into our living rooms via TV. Read full book review >
MURDOCH by William Shawcross
Released: Feb. 2, 1993

"A worldly-wise rundown on a visionary magnate."
A thoroughly professional report on the rise and near fall of Rupert Murdoch as the planet's ranking multimedia baron. Read full book review >
THE SHAH'S LAST RIDE by William Shawcross
Released: Oct. 17, 1988

"This quibble apart, he offers a brilliantly allusive portrait of an overthrown sovereign adrift in a world of failed loyalties."
Barely two weeks into 1979. Read full book review >
Released: June 28, 1984

"Every bit as important as Sideshow in a less sensational way; and likely to be as controversial."
Revelations about unspeakable brutality by the Khmer Rouge, the Peking-allied guerrillas who ruled Cambodia in the early and mid-1970s, were paid varying degrees of attention until Vietnam invaded Cambodia in 1978. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1979

"A penetrating study of Nixon-Kissinger rule and of its effects on one sad country, this is possibly the best treatment of the legacy of the Vietnam war in Indochina."
In 1969, Richard Nixon ordered the secret bombing of Cambodia to destroy North Vietnamese sanctuaries in that formally neutral nation. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1974

"It's material like this — despite a 'this would never happen in England' tone and a clutter of cafe stories — that makes this a useful and critical political biography."
Shawcross, a London Sunday Times correspondent uses Kadar essentially as the basis for an anti-Communist treatise, although the book contains valuable material about the pre-World War II Hungarian Party. Read full book review >
DUBCEK by William Shawcross
Released: April 1, 1971

"These are the features which will draw readers and researchers, not the book's standard Prague Spring narrative, or Shawcross's conclusion that Dubcek 'continues to be a hope for the socialist future of Czechoslovakia."
The image of Dubcek as an apostle of freedom, humanism and liberalization is tarnished by this political biography, probably more so than Shawcross, an East European correspondent for the London Sunday Times, intended. Read full book review >