Denis MacShane has been a Labour MP since 1994. He was deputy foreign secretary and Minister for Europe under Tony Blair. After graduating from Oxford he worked for the BBC and was the youngest ever president of the National Union of Journalists. He completed a PhD at London University and in the 1980s worked as an international trade union official which led to being arrested in Poland and South Africa as he worked with independent trade unions against communism and apartheid. He has written biographies of Francois Mitterrand and Edward Heath as well as a number of books and pamphlets on European and global politics. He writes regularly for British, American and continental European newspapers. He is currently a UK delegate to the Council of Europe and represents the Labour Party at the Party of European Socialists. In 2005-2006 he set up and chaired the All-Party Commission of Inquiry into Antisemitism.
Norman Mailer was born in 1923 and published his first book,THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, in 1948. THE ARMIES OF THE NIGHT won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1969; Mailer received another Pulitzer in 1980 for THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG. He has written thirty books.
Una McGovern studied English Language and Literature at the University of Sheffield before completing an MA in Lexicography at the University of Exeter. She is currently a freelance editor and writer, with a wide range of reference books to her name. As editor, Una has worked on such books as Chambers Dictionary of Quotations (2005), Chambers Biographical Dictionary (2002), Chambers Dictionary of Literary Characters (2004) and Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained (2007). She has also contributed to, and worked as copy-editor on, numerous other titles, both fiction and non-fiction. Una lives with her partner in rural Devon, spending much of her leisure time developing an organic kitchen garden.
Bill Minutaglio is the author of several acclaimed books, including the first major biography of President George W. Bush. His book, City on Fire, was named by Esquire as one of the 'greatest tales of survival' ever written. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Scotland on Sunday, the Daily Beast and many other publications. He is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas-Austin.