EP 40(2nd series)
Press TV, Epilogue: The Third Man
Host: Derek Conway
1- Michael Brown
2- David Hencke
I’m Derek Conway and I hope you’ll join me for this week’s Epilogue – PressTV’s book show, when I’ll be reviewing “The Third Man: Life at the Heart of New Labour”, Lord Peter Mandelson’s autobiography and an expose of Prime Minister Blair’s inner circle.
I’ve known the author for over twenty-five years and when he wishes to be, or when it suits his purpose, he is very charming…..but beneath that veneer of affability lurks a personality given to intrigue, plotting and treachery.
Was Blair a competent leader or a spot-light seeking lightweight; enthralled by Bush and American evangelical ambitions– join me on Epilogue and we’ll see if Mandelson’s revelations help us understand just how the most disastrous British government in recent memory came to be.
Broadcast: 30 August 2010
Presenter: Derek Conway
Book: The Arabs by Eugene Rogan
Eugene Rogan has written an authoritative new history of the Arabs in the modern world. Starting with the Ottoman conquests in the sixteenth century, this landmark book follows the story of the Arabs through the era of European imperialism and the Superpower rivalries of the Cold War, to the present age of unipolar American power. Drawing on the writings and eyewitness accounts of those who lived through the tumultuous years of Arab history, The Arabs balances different voices – politicians, intellectuals, students, men and women, poets and novelists, famous, infamous and the completely unknown – to give a rich, complex sense of life over nearly five centuries.
Rogan’s book is remarkable for its geographical sweep, covering the Arab world from North Africa through the Arabian Peninsula, and for the depth in which it explores every facet of modern Arab history. Charting the evolution of Arab identity from Ottomanism to Arabism to Islamism, it covers themes including the conflict between national independence and foreign domination, the Arab-Israeli struggle and the peace process, Abdel Nasser and the rise of Arab Nationalism, the political and economic power of oil and the conflict between secular and Islamic values.
Host: Professor Hugo De Burg
Book: Democracy in dangerous places
Broadcast on 09 /19/ 2009
Host: Derek Conway MP
Another episode of Epilogue
Broadcast on 10/ 10/ 2009
Host: Professor Hugo De Burgh