In this riveting and extensively researched account, Peter Conradi - the celebrated author of The King's Speech - offers an uncompromising portrayal of Europe's royals and reveals the scandals, excesses, conflicts and interests hidden behind the pomp of ceremonial garb and the grandeur of official functions. At a time when Western society appears to be demanding more equality and democracy, people's fascination with monarchies shows no signs of waning. Taking the reader on a journey between past and present, into a world populated by great celebrities such as Wallis Simpson, Grace Kelly and Princess Diana, as well as lesser-known and slightly murkier aristocratic figures, The Great Survivors analyses the reasons behind this apparent paradox by looking at the history of the main European dynasties - including the Windsors and their predecessors - and providing a glimpse into their world, their lives and their secrets.>
Explains how Angela Merkel's world view was shaped and influenced, discussing her relations with international counterparts, as well as her attitude towards the countries and cultures over which they rule.
Charts the evolution of the modern mafia through the lives and criminal exploits of the most famous Italian and American bosses, as recounted and witnessed by New York police officers, FBI experts, carabinieri and Italian Special Police forces. This account of the harrowing crimes of the mafia throws light on the Cosa Nostra's innermost circle.
For the migrant workers Imperial County has held the promise of paradise - and the reality of hell. Sprawling across a stinking artificial sea, across the deserts, date groves and labor camps of south-eastern California, it is a land beautiful and harsh, enticing and deadly, rich in history and heartbreak. This title explores this region.