We thought now was an excellent moment to publish a supplement which highlights outstanding books that have shaped political thought – deepened our understanding of how politics ticks and offered signposts to future directions for our world.
It felt timely because this era is characterised by exceptional flux.
Today’s orthodoxy can turn into tomorrow’s redundancy and today’s unthinkable can become tomorrow’s inevitable.
Our selectors have not chosen many books by politicians themselves.
I can see why.
My shelves groan with memoirs produced by politicians and it is fair to say that the pearls are outnumbered by the dross.
Too many autobiographies are self-serving attempts to write a favourable history of themselves.