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  • Myles Rudge

    Join Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick and Joan Sims as they go beyond Round the Horne. Taking over the mantle of Round the Horne, Stop Messing About carried on the comedy tradition, which reunited Kenneth Williams with both Hugh Paddick and Kenneth's Carry On co-star, Joan Sims. These four episodes include such favourites as crusty old judge Sir Inigo Parchmutter, Crackerjackanory With Mother, more visits to Tolpurgis Hall, as well as a couple who bear a bona similarity to Julian and Sandy. With much vada-ing and some wonderful film adaptations, such as A Fistful of Denaro and Oliver Stick, Stop Messing About is packed with outrageously funny sketches, parodies, double entendres and saucy...read more

  • Myles Rudge

    ‘Stop Messing About - the first all-nude radio show. Nervous listeners are advised to keep their eyes closed... and it’s forbidden to take photographs.’ Taking over the mantle of 'Round the Horne', 'Stop Messing About' carried on the comedy tradition, which reunited Kenneth Williams with his 'Carry On' co-star Joan Sims and Hugh Paddick. These four episodes include the story of a young politician, who can put his hand to anything. It also features the Homey Secretary and his friend Black Rod (who bear a bona similarity to Julian and Sandy), and whose performances on the floor of the House leave a lot to be desired... There’s also a dirty wartime romp and the tale of a naughty gnome....read more

  • Barry Took

    Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden and Hugh Paddick star in 20 episodes of the anarchic 1960s radio comedy. Round the Horne arrived on BBC radio in 1965, bringing laughter to Sunday lunchtimes throughout the land. It carved a niche in the history of broadcast comedy, a sketch show which prodded the boundaries of propriety and innuendo. At its heart was the suave and upstanding Kenneth Horne, around which revolved the multiple naughty personas of Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick and Bill Pertwee. Among the parade of regular characters were Julian and Sandy, the camp couple of resting thespians happy to turn their hands to anything, Rambling Syd Rumbo the...read more

  • William Rosen

    How a seven-yearcycle of rain, cold, disease, and warfare created the worst famine in Europeanhistory In May 1315 it started to rain. It didn't stop anywhere innorth Europe until August. Next came the four coldest winters in a millennium.Two separate animal epidemics killed nearly 80 percent of northern Europe'slivestock. Wars between Scotland and England, France and Flanders, and tworival claimants to the Holy Roman Empire destroyed all remaining farmland.After seven years, the combination of lost harvests, warfare, and pestilencewould claim six million lives-one eighth of Europe's total population. William Rosen draws on a wide array of disciplines, frommilitary history to feudal law to...read more

  • Barry Took

    Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden and Hugh Paddick star in 16 episodes of the anarchic 1960s radio comedy. Round the Horne arrived on BBC radio in 1965, bringing laughter to Sunday lunchtimes throughout the land. Over the course of sixteen weekly episodes it carved a niche in the history of broadcast comedy, a sketch show which prodded the boundaries of propriety and innuendo. At its heart was the suave and upstanding Kenneth Horne, around which revolved the multiple naughty personas of Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick and Bill Pertwee. Among the parade of regular characters were Julian and Sandy, the camp couple of resting thespians happy to turn their...read more

  • Thomas J. Sugrue

    A powerful history of the making and unmaking of American democracy and global power, told in sweeping scope and intimate detail. In the winter of 1936, Franklin Roosevelt remarked in a fireside chat, "I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making." Certainly apt in the midst of the Great Depression, the idea of a nation in the making still resonates today as we measure the achievements and shortcomings of our democracy. Over the twentieth century, Americans have worked, organized, marched, and fought to make the nation's ideals a reality for all. This shared commitment to achieving an American democracy is the inspiring theme of These United...read more

  • Ronald G. Shafer

    Americans have come to expect that the nation's presidential campaigns will be characterized by a carnival atmosphere emphasizing style over substance. But this fascinating account of the pivotal 1840 election reveals how the now-unavoidable traditions of big money, big rallies, shameless self-promotion, and carefully manufactured candidate images first took root in presidential politics. Pulitzer Prize-nominated former Wall Street Journal reporter Ronald G. Shafer tells the colorful story of the election battle between sitting president Martin Van Buren, a professional Democratic politician from New York, and Whig Party upstart William Henry Harrison, a military hero who was nicknamed...read more

  • Barry Took

    Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick are the notorious resting thespians in this hilarious collection of sketches from Round the Horne. ‘Oh, hello. I’m Julian, and this is my friend Sandy...’ Through four series of Round the Horne, Julian and Sandy graced each episode with an encounter with ‘that nice Mr Horne’. Each week they'd be up to new tricks, from filmmaking (Bona Prods) to a travel agency (‘something exciting in a cheap package’) and a ‘bijou restaurantette’ (La Casserole de Bona Gourmet). In these 48 lally-trembling scenarios, Jools and Sand cater for the intimate at ‘omey in Bona Caterers, shake hands with a prospective member in Keep Britain Bona, set...read more

  • Eric Merriman

    Kenneth Horne is joined by Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden, Bill Pertwee and Pat Lancaster in the second series of the classic weekly radio show. Between 1958 and 1964, 'Beyond Our Ken' was one of radio's most popular comedy shows, with a regular audience of ten million listeners. A hilarious mix of sketches and music, packed with witty wordplay, comic catchphrases and larger-than-life characters, this fabulous forerunner to 'Round the Horne' remains just as funny today. In these fourteen episodes, written by Eric Merriman and Barry Took, listen to some extraordinary incidents from Kenneth Horne's week and enjoy special 'Hornerama' investigations into the worlds of...read more

  • Eric Merriman

    Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and others star in the complete third series of the madcap forerunner to Round the Horne A hectic mix of sketches and songs, Beyond Our Ken kept millions of listeners in stitches between 1958 and 1964. These fourteen fantastic episodes, published for the first time on audio, were first broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1960. In these uproarious half hours, you can enjoy a series of plays to remember; hear all about Kenneth Horne's adventures in Switzerland, Macau and the North West Frontier; check out the latest film releases in Picture Go Round and learn about the worlds of photography, hobbies, food, the City and...read more

  • Ethan Michaeli

    Giving voice to the voiceless, the Chicago Defender condemned Jim Crow, catalyzed the Great Migration, and focused the electoral power of black America. Robert S. Abbott founded the Defender in 1905, smuggled hundreds of thousands of copies into the most isolated communities in the segregated South, and was dubbed a "Modern Moses," becoming one of the first black millionaires in the process. His successor wielded the newspaper's clout to elect mayors and presidents, including Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy, who would have lost in 1960 if not for the Defender's support. Along the way, its pages were filled with columns by legends like Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, and Martin Luther...read more

  • Andrew Ross Sorkin

    Andrew Ross Sorkin's websiteAndrew Ross Sorkin's interview on Charlie Rose Watch a Video Andrew Ross Sorkin delivers the first true behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment account of how the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression developed into a global tsunami. From inside the corner office at Lehman Brothers to secret meetings in South Korea, and the corridors of Washington, Too Big to Fail is the definitive story of the most powerful men and women in finance and politics grappling with success and failure, ego and greed, and, ultimately, the fate of the world’s economy. “We’ve got to get some foam down on the runway!” a sleepless Timothy Geithner,...read more

  • George M. Marsden

    In the aftermath of World War II, the United States stood ata precipice. The forces of modernity unleashed by the war had led toastonishing advances in daily life, but technology and mass culture alsothreatened to erode the country's traditional moral character. As award-winninghistorian George M. Marsden explains in The Twilight of the AmericanEnlightenment, postwar Americans looked to the country's secular liberalelites for guidance in this precarious time, but these intellectuals provedunable to articulate a coherent common cause by which America could chart itscourse. Their failure lost them the faith of their constituents, paving the wayfor a Christian revival that offered America a...read more

  • Gregg Jones

    The vivid, fast-paced account of the siege of Khe Sanh toldthrough the eyes of the men who lived it. For seventy-seven days in 1968, amid fears that Americafaced its own disastrous Dien Bien Phu, six thousand US Marines held off thirtythousand North Vietnamese Army regulars at the remote mountain strongholdcalled Khe Sanh. It was the biggest battle of the Vietnam War, with sharpground engagements, devastating artillery duels, and massive US air strikes.After several weeks of heroic defense, the besieged Americans struck back in aseries of bold assaults, and the North Vietnamese withdrew with heavy losses. Last Stand at Khe Sanhis the vivid, fast-paced account of the dramatic confrontation...read more

  • Bartow J. Elmore

    Coke's insatiablethirst for resources shapes the company and reshapes the globe in thisabsorbing history. Coca-Cola's success in building a global empire out ofsugary water drew on more than a secret formula and brilliant advertising. Thereal secret to Coke's success was its strategy, from the beginning, to offloadproduction costs and risks onto suppliers and franchisees. Outsourcing and atrim corporate profile enabled Coke to scale up production of a low-pricebeverage and realize huge profits. But the costs shed by Coke have fallen on the public atlarge. Coke now uses an annual 79 billion gallons of water, an increasinglyprecious global resource, and its reliance on corn syrup has helped...read more

  • Charles R. Morris

    The modern American economy was the creation of four men:Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan. They werethe giants of the Gilded Age, a moment of riotous growth that establishedAmerica as the richest, most inventive, and most productive country on theplanet. Acclaimed author Charles R. Morris vividly brings these menand their times to life. The ruthlessly competitive Carnegie, the imperialRockefeller, and the provocateur Gould were obsessed with progress, experiment,and speed. They were balanced by Morgan, the gentleman businessman, who fought,instead, for a global trust in American business. Through their antagonism and verve,they built an industrial...read more

  • Ralph W. Moss PhD

    A fascinating insider's account of a major cancercover-up Ralph W. Moss was assistant director of public affairsat Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City when he unveiled acover-up of positive tests with America's most controversial anticancer agent,laetrile. He was ordered by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center officials tofalsify reports. He refused. Instead, he organized an underground employeegroup called Second Opinion to oppose the cover-up. Moss is the author of morethan a dozen books on cancer, but this is by far his most dramatic work: afirst-person account of those shocking...read more

  • Timothy Barney

    In this fascinating history of Cold War cartography,Timothy Barney considers maps as central to the articulation of ideologicaltensions between American national interests and international aspirations.Barney argues that the borders, scales, projections, and other conventions ofmaps prescribed and constrained the means by which foreign policy elites,popular audiences, and social activists navigated conflicts between north and south,east and west. Maps also influenced how identities were formed in a world bothshrunk by advancing technologies and marked by expanding and shiftinggeopolitical alliances and fissures. Pointing to the necessity of how politicsand values were "spatialized" in...read more

  • Jacquie McNish

    In 2009 BlackBerry controlled half of the smartphone market. Today that number is one percent. What went so wrong? Losing the Signal is a riveting story of a company that toppled global giants before succumbing to the ruthlessly competitive forces of Silicon Valley. This is not a conventional tale of modern business failure by fraud and greed. The rise and fall of BlackBerry reveals the dangerous speed at which innovators race along the information superhighway. With unprecedented access to key players, senior executives, directors, and competitors, Losing the Signal unveils the remarkable rise of a company that started above a bagel shop in Ontario. At the heart of the story is an...read more

  • Alan Axelrod

    Known by his troops in World War II as "The Soldier's General" because of his care of and compassion for the soldiers under his command, Omar Bradley commanded the U. S. 12th Army Group in Europe. By the spring of 1945, this group contained 4 field armies, 12 corps, 48 divisions, and more than 1,300,000 men—the largest exclusively American field command in U.S. history. “He was America’s General, embodying…core values of integrity and respect that reflected the democracy he served…The leadership lessons are universal, and they are timeless.”—Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Daniel Christman, former superintendent, US Military Academy, West...read more