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Fenby, Jonathan

Overview
Works: 67 works in 310 publications in 9 languages and 11,021 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Diaries  Pictorial works  Personal narratives‡vBritish 
Roles: Author, Editor, win, coo
Classifications: DS779.4, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Jonathan Fenby
Chiang Kai shek : China's Generalissimo and the nation he lost by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and German and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life of Chiang Kai-shek, focusing on his turbulent political career as head of China's nationalist movement and discussing the impact his rule had on Chinese culture, society, government, and history
The general : Charles de Gaulle and the France he saved by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles the first president of the Fifth Republic, including his experiences during the World Wars, his political maneuvering that avoided a civil war, and his lasting legacy in France
France on the brink by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and French and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Jonathan Fenby, journalist and Francophile, has been studying and reporting on the country for over thirty years. In these pages he lovingly but candidly offers an unvarnished picture of modern France, setting it in the context of its glorious past. He explores the problems and challenges it faces, as well as the opportunities that lie ahead. Filled with historical and contemporary anecdotes, France on the Brink depicts the many contradictory aspects of the country so many people love but also love to hate. Even those who know France well will find in its pages hundreds of fascinating Gallic tidbits that will inform, amuse, and enlighten."--Jacket
Alliance : the inside story of how Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill won one war and began another by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The history of the Second World War is typically told through its decisive battles and campaigns. But behind the front lines, behind even the command centers of Allied generals and military planners, a different level of strategic thinking was taking place. Throughout the war, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin - the "Big Three"--Met in various permutations and locations to hash out ways lo defeat Nazi Germany. And, just as important, to determine the shape of the postwar world." "Focusing on the interplay between these three larger-than-life personalities, Jonathan Fenby's vivid narrative ranges from the great conferences at Tehran and Yalta to a secret shipboard meeting in a deserted Newfoundland cove, from late-night vodka-fueled sessions in the Kremlin to summer picnics at the presidential estate. At the center stand three men - Roosevelt, the patrician populist who thrived on manipulation, secrecy, and dissimulation; Stalin, the bloody dictator who relentlessly pursued his ends; and Churchill, fighting desperately to preserve his country's standing with his allies. They come alive as individuals, shown in their political maneuvers, their health problems, and their private dilemmas and fears. Around them is a rich cast - Charles de Gaulle, Chiang Kai-shek, Foreign Ministers and advisers, including many key figures now largely forgotten." "Putting the reader right inside those smoke-filled rooms, Alliance shows the Second World War as a political story in the raw. Through a rich assortment of original documents, telling anecdotes, and detailed character portraits, we learn how this remarkable alliance was constructed and maintained, and how it finally crumbled, introducing the world to a new kind of "cold" warfare."--Jacket
Tiger head, snake tails : China today, how it got there and where it is heading by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using a viewpoint that sees the country from the inside out, Jonathan Fenby links together the myriad features of today's China to arrive at a coherent picture of its nature and depict its future, both internally and in its impact on the rest of the world
Modern China : the fall and rise of a great power, 1850 to the present by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The presence of predatory foreigners has often been blamed for China's troubles, but the much greater cause came from within China itself. In the early twentieth century, the empire was succeeded by warlordism on a massive scale, internal divisions, incompetent rule, savage fighting between the government and the Communists, and a fourteen-year invasion from Japan. Four years of civil war after 1945 led to the Maoist era, with its purges and repression; the disastrous Great Leap Forward; a famine that killed tens of millions; and the Cultural Revolution. Yet from this long trauma, China has emerged amazingly in the last three decades as an economic powerhouse set to play a major global political role, its future posing one of the great questions for the twenty-first century as it grapples with enormous internal challenges. Understanding how that transformation came about and what China constitutes today means understanding its epic journey since 1850 and recognizing how the past influences the present
The international news services by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and Japanese and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Penguin history of modern China : the fall and rise of a great power, 1850-2008 by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

37 editions published between 2008 and 2013 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the second half of the 19th century, China appeared as the sick man of Asia, rocked by recurrent revolts and huge natural disasters, ruled by an anachronistic imperial system and humiliated by foreign invasions. Karl Marx saw it as bound to disintegrate, like 'any mummy carefully preserved in a hermetically sealed coffin'."--Jacket
The seventy wonders of China( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A detailed overview of China's contributions to the natural, artistic, and technological worlds features writings by a range of academic experts and pays tribute to such innovations as the compass, gunpowder, and printing, in a visual guide that documents both famous and lesser-known attributes
France : a modern history from the Revolution to the War with Terror by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 516 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815, the next two centuries for France would be tumultuous. Critically acclaimed historian and political commentator Jonathan Fenby provides an expert and riveting journey through this period as he recounts and analyzes the extraordinary sequence of events of this period from the end of the First Revolution through two others, a return of Empire, three catastrophic wars with Germany, periods of stability and hope interspersed with years of uncertainty and high tensions. As her cross-channel neighbor Great Britain would equally suffer, France was to undergo the wrenching loss of colonies in the post-Second World War era as the new modern world we know today took shape. Her attempts to become the leader of the European Union was a constant struggle, as was her lack of support for America in the two Gulf Wars of the past twenty years. Alongside this came huge social changes and cultural landmarks, but also fundamental questioning of what this nation, which considers itself exceptional, really stood--and stands--for. That saga and those questions permeate the France of today, now with an implacable enemy to face in the form of Islamic extremism which so bloodily announced itself this year in Paris. Fenby will detail every event, every struggle, and every outcome across this expanse of 200 years. It will prove to be the definitive guide to understanding France."--Provided by publisher
The sinking of the Lancastria : the twentieth century's deadliest naval disaster and how Ch[u]rchill made it disappear by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On June 17, 1940, just after the Dunkirk evacuation had supposedly ended in success, several thousand of the many British troops still left in France swarmed aboard the five-decked cruise liner Lancastria. Immediately after they boarded, the ship was dive-bombed by the German Luftwaffe, the 17,000-ton Lancastria sank, and hell on earth ensued. German fighter-planes strafed the oil slick sea, setting it ablaze as British troops banded together singing 'Roll Out the Barrel' in a courageous attempt to protect any sense of hope that still remained. In the end, with 4,000 soldiers, women, and children dead - with some estimates as high as 6,000 - the disaster would eclipse that of both the Lusitania and the Titanic. Although the story was picked up in the United States a few weeks later, it was reported only once by any British news outlet, and as the war progressed the tragedy eventually vanished from the public record and the collective memory of a nation under siege. Author Jonathan Fenby argues that this was the result of a shrewd but necessary kibosh put in place by Winston Churchill in order to preserve British morale; Churchill claimed he simply forgot to tell his administration they could report the news. Through firsthand interviews with survivors, Fenby reconstructs the entire saga from the boat's departure from the coast of England to the post-Dunkirk skirmishes in France, on to the tragedy itself, and, eventually, to Churchill's stunning maneuvering to make it disappear."--BOOK JACKET
Will China dominate the 21st century? by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and held by 349 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

China's spectacular growth has led to visions of the 21st century being dominated by the last major state on earth ruled by a Communist Party, its forward march seemingly unstoppable when contrasted with the West and Japan. In this book, Jonathan Fenby, a leading expert on the People's Republic, makes plain that China, too, faces major challenges which stand in the way of global domination. It has to deal with political, economic, social and international tests, each of which involves structural difficulties that will put the system under strain. The picture of China invoked by admirers to argue that it will rule the world does not accord with reality. Based on Fenby's extensive knowledge of contemporary China, this punchy analysis offers a pragmatic view of where the PRC is heading at a time when its future is too important an issue for wishful theorizing
The sinking of the Lancastria : Britain's greatest maritime disaster and Churchill's cover-up by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

North Korea by Philippe Chancel( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and German and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"North Korea is truly like no other place on earth. The epitome of a rogue state, its two rulers have expanded the cult of personality to unprecedented lengths. Giant effigies of them stare out over the capital of Pyongyang and other cities. Massed ranks of people in stadiums flip cards to form huge pictures of their heads. No country or regime, past or present, has ever created an environment of such ubiquitous propaganda." "Philippe Chancel's photographs show how the political has been transfigured into an all-encompassing aesthetic, a totalitarian vision for a totalitarian regime. Flags, murals and slogans praise the ruling Korean Workers' Party, monuments, statues and portraits glorify its leaders. In Pyongyang, Chancel shows us the wide and car-less avenues, the Children's Palace, the gigantic May Day Stadium, which seats up to 150,000 people and was used to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Kim Il-sung's birth. Chancel's precise style, neutral but sophisticated, creates a scenography - not of a play, a film or an installation, but of a uniquely chilling reality."--Jacket
Generalissimo : Chiang Kai-shek and the China he lost by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For more than two decades, Chiang Kai-shek, the Generalissimo of China, stood at the centre of a uniquely turbulent period in the modern history of the world's most heavily populated nation. The son of a village salt-seller, he rose to personify his vast country in the period between the fall of the Manchu Empire in 1911 and the Communist victory in 1949. Grabbing the mantle of the Nationlist revolution and gaining control of the Kuomintang party, he led its army on the greatest campaign on earth between the two world wars in an attempt to defeat powerful warlords and propel the country towards unification, only to be confronted by the twin challenges of the Communists and the invading Japanese - challenges which ultimately proved too great for even this most ambitious of men." "Generalissimo explores Chiang's military and political career as well as revealing his equally complex private life. And while Chiang is the central figure, the book also represents a riveting history of pre-Communist China, a period of almost four decades during which tens of millions died in civil wars, floods, famines, and the fourteen-year conflict with Japan."--Jacket
On the brink : the trouble with France by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As Europe binds closer together, and the twin watersheds of monetary union and the Millenium loom, what does the future hold for the UK's nearest neighbour? For centuries, France has occupied a unique position in the collective British psyche - sometimes as enemy, sometimes as collaborator. Part of this interest is attributable to the problems the two countries share economically, culturally and politically. Yet, the author of this study argues, despite the common difficulties, France is a country in crisis to a much greater e×tent than is realized
The history of modern France : from the Revolution to the present day by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815, the next two centuries for France would be tumultuous. Bestselling historian and political commentator Jonathan Fenby provides an expert and riveting journey through this period as he recounts and analyses the extraordinary sequence of events of this period from the end of the First Revolution through two others, a return of Empire, three catastrophic wars with Germany, periods of stability and hope interspersed with years of uncertainty and high tensions. As her cross-Channel neighbour Great Britain would equally suffer, France was to undergo the wrenching loss of colonies in the post-Second World War as the new modern world we know today took shape. Her attempts to become the leader of the European union is a constant struggle, as was her lack of support for America in the two Gulf Wars of the past twenty years. Alongside this came huge social changes and cultural landmarks but also fundamental questioning of what this nation, which considers itself exceptional, really stood - and stands - for. That saga and those questions permeate the France of today, now with an implacable enemy to face in the form of Islamic extremism which so bloodily announced itself this year in Paris. Fenby will detail every event, every struggle and every outcome across this expanse of 200 years. It will prove to be the definitive guide to understanding France
The fall of the house of Beaverbrook by Lewis Chester( Book )

5 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The dragon throne : dynasties of Imperial China, 1600 BC-AD 1912 by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles the greates Chinese emperors and provides an accessible history of pre-revolutionary China. It also includes a full list of China's emperors plus details of Chinese naming conventions
Piracy and the public : forgery, theft, and exploitation by Jonathan Fenby( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Chiang Kai shek : China's Generalissimo and the nation he lost
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Jonathan Fenby British newspaper editor

펜비, 조너선 1942-

フェンビー, ジョナサン

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The general : Charles de Gaulle and the France he savedFrance on the brinkAlliance : the inside story of how Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill won one war and began anotherModern China : the fall and rise of a great power, 1850 to the presentThe Penguin history of modern China : the fall and rise of a great power, 1850-2008The seventy wonders of ChinaThe sinking of the Lancastria : the twentieth century's deadliest naval disaster and how Ch[u]rchill made it disappearThe sinking of the Lancastria : Britain's greatest maritime disaster and Churchill's cover-up