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This is a list of Timothy Garton Ash's books published in the UK, with
newer titles first:
Facts Are Subversive
"During times of universal deceit", wrote George Orwell, "telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." For twenty-five years, Timothy Garton Ash has travelled among truth-tellers and political charlatans to record, with scalpel-sharp precision, what he has found. This book confirms his reputation as our foremost cartographer of the present. Facts are Subversive contains Garton Ash's eye-witness accounts of the fate of countries, including Serbia, Poland and Ukraine, making the transition from authoritarianism to democracy, and his dispatches from places such as Egypt, Burma and Iran, where that transformation has yet to take place.
It also investigates freedom and its discontents. An encounter with the drug gangs of Sao Paulo raises questions about liberal democracy; a visit to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina shows how quickly civilization can give way to chaos; while an examination of immigration in Europe raises profound questions about the limits of multiculturalism. Facts are Subversive also includes Garton Ash’s reportage on the American presidential election of 2008 and his assessments of what Barack Obama will mean for United States and the world.
Buy in UK
At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the world plunged
into crisis. What began as an attack on the West by Osama bin Laden
soon became a dramatic confrontation between Europe and America.
Britain has found itself painfully split, because it stands with
one foot across the Atlantic and the other across the Channel. The
English, in particular, are divided politically between a Right
that argues our place is with America, not Europe, and a Left that
claims the opposite. This is today’s English civil war. Both
sides tell us we must choose. In this powerful new work Timothy
Garton Ash, one of our leading political writers, explains why we
cannot, need not and must not choose between Europe and America.
Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, from unique conversations
with leaders such as Bush, Blair and Schröder to encounters
with farmers in Kansas and soldiers in Aldershot, from history,
memoir and opinion polls to personal observations based on a quarter-century
of travelling in Europe and the US, he demolishes the popular claim
that Americans are from Mars and Europeans are from Venus. He shows
why Washington can never rule the world on its own, why the new,
enlarged Europe can only realise its aspirations in a larger, transatlantic
community, and why the torments of the Middle East and the developing
world can only be addressed by working together. To remain true
to itself, the West must go beyond itself.
In fact, this crisis reveals a historic opportunity for free people
everywhere to advance together from the cold war West to a new international
order of liberty. Defying conventional wisdom and eschewing easy
answers, this timely, provocative book should be read not just by
those who purport to lead and inform us, but by anyone who wishes
to be a citizen of a free world.
See the book's companion website for more information, and debate
centred around the book's topics: FreeWorldWeb.
History of the Present: Essays, Sketches and
Despatches from Europe in the 1990s
The 1990s. An extraordinary decade in Europe. At its beginning,
the old order collapsed along with the Berlin Wall. Everything seemed
possible. Everyone hailed a brave new Europe. But no one knew what
this new Europe would look like. Now we know. Most of Western Europe
has launched into the unprecedented gamble of monetary union, though
Britain stands aside. Germany, peacefully united, with its capital
in Berlin, is again the most powerful country in Europe. The Central
Europeans - Poles, Czechs, Hungarians - have made successful transitions
from communism to capitalism and have joined NATO. But farther east
and south, in the territories of the former Soviet Union and the
former Yugoslavia, the continent has descended into a bloody swamp
of poverty, corruption, criminality, war, and bestial atrocities
such as we never thought would be seen again in Europe.
Timothy Garton Ash chronicles this formative decade through a glittering
collection of essays, sketches, and dispatches written as history
was being made. He joins the East Germans for their decisive vote
for unification and visits their former leader in prison. He accompanies
the Poles on their roller-coaster ride from dictatorship to democracy.
He uncovers the motives for monetary union in Paris and Bonn. He
walks in mass demonstrations in Belgrade and travels through the
killing fields of Kosovo. Occasionally, he even becomes an actor
in a drama he describes: debating Germany with Margaret Thatcher
or the role of the intellectual with Václav Havel in Prague.
Ranging from Vienna to Saint Petersburg, from Britain to Ruthenia,
Garton Ash reflects on how "the single great conflict"
of the cold war has been replaced by many smaller ones. And he asks
what part the United States still has to play. Sometimes he takes
an eagle's-eye view, considering the present attempt to unite Europe
against the background of a thousand years of such efforts. But
often he swoops to seize one telling human story: that of a wiry
old farmer in Croatia, a newspaper editor in Warsaw, or a bitter,
beautiful survivor from Sarajevo.
His eye is sharp and ironic but always compassionate. History of
the Present continues the work that Garton Ash began with his trilogy
of books about Central Europe in the 1980s, combining the crafts
of journalism and history. In his Introduction, he argues that we
should not wait until the archives are opened before starting to
write the history of our own times. Then he shows how it can be
The File: A Personal
In 1978 a romantic young Englishman took up residence in Berlin
to see what that divided city could teach him about tyranny and
freedom. Fifteen years later Timothy Garton Ash - who was by then
famous for his reportage of the downfall of communism in Central
Europe - returned. This time he had come to look at a file that
bore the code-name "Romeo." The file had been compiled
by the Stasi, the East German secret police, with the assistance
of dozens of informers. And it contained a meticulous record of
Garton Ash's earlier life in Berlin.
In this memoir, Garton Ash describes what it was like to rediscover
his younger self through the eyes of the Stasi, and then to go on
to confront those who actually informed against him to the secret
police. Moving from document to remembrance, from the offices of
British intelligence to the living rooms of retired Stasi officers,
The File is a personal narrative as gripping, as disquieting, and
as morally provocative as any fiction by George Orwell or Graham
Greene. And it is all true.
In Europe's Name: Germany and the Divided Continent
This well-documented and detailed account of German reunification
spans the period from Yalta right up to 1990 when the Berlin Wall
crumbled and East Germans poured through the crack to the West.
Ash, author of numerous books on Central Europe, uses mostly German
source documents, many of which became available only recently with
the collapse of East Germany. The centerpiece of his book is the
history of "ostpolitik" and how it fit into West German
foreign policy goals, especially toward the Soviet Union and Eastern
Europe. Ostpolitik is also analyzed as a strictly German response
to the so-called German question. West Germany's relations with
the United States take a back seat to Bonn's relations with the
Soviet Union, East Germany, and Europe as a whole.
We the People: The Revolution
of '89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague
On 4 June 1989 the Communist regime in Warsaw collapsed as Solidarity
won the election, 12 days later Imre Nagy was buried in Budapest,
31 years after his execution. The Berlin Wall came down and in Prague,
Vaclav Havel masterminded the Velvet Revolution. Timothy Garton
Ash was witness to all these events.
The Uses of Adversity: Essays on the Fate of
During the historic changes in Central Europe in the 1980s, the
author travelled behind the iron curtain, talking to dissidents
and ordinary people and discovering the subterranean movements that
were to erupt in 1989.
The Polish Revolution: Solidarity
In August 1980, workers occupied the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk and
won from their communist rulers the right to form independent trades
unions - a concession unprecendented in the history of the communist
world. In this eyewitness account Timothy Garton Ash describes the
brave defiance of the strikers, the emergence of an improbable leader
and hero in Lech Walesa and the tumultuous events of the next sixteen
months, culminating in the declaration of martial law.
His lucid and profound analysis explores key questions such as:
Why did the revolution happen in Poland? What was the relationship
between Solidarity and the communist regime? What changes did it
bring about in the whole Soviet bloc? How did the West react to
In a new postscript written specially for the new edition, Timothy
Garton Ash discusses Solidarity's long underground struggle, its
triumphant return in 1989 and the ironies of its subsequent fate.