Jules Stewart’s latest book, Gotham Rising: New York in the 1930s, will be published by I.B. Tauris in October 2016.
New York is often described as the greatest city in the world. Yet much of the iconic architecture and culture which so defines the city as we know it today only came into being in the 1930s, in what was the most significant decade in the city’s history. The roaring twenties, the catastrophic Wall Street Crash and ensuing Depression seemed to spell disaster for this vibrant city. Yet, in this era New York underwent an architectural, economic, social and creative renaissance under the leadership of the charismatic Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. After coming to power, he declared war on the mobs running vast swathes of the city. The ‘Little Flower’ attacked political corruption and kick-started the economy through a variety of construction and infrastructure projects. In culture, this was the age of the Harlem Renaissance, championed by writers like Langston Hughes, the jazz age with the advent of the Cotton Club and immortals such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman making their names in the Big Apple. Weaving these stories together, Jules Stewart reveals the history of New York City in its defining era.
The Kaiser’s Mission to Kabul, is now available, published by I.B. Tauris Ltd.
In 1915, at the height of the First World War, Germany sent a mission, led by Oskar Ritter von Niedermeyer and Werner Otto von Hentig, to the court of the emir of Afghanistan, Habibullah Khan. The objective was to persuade the emir to declare full independence from the British Empire, enter the war on the side of the Central Powers and attack British India.
Britain saw this mission as a serious and credible threat, so much so that they tried to intercept the travellers in Persia en route to Kabul and subsequently implemented their own intelligence mission to ensure that Afghanistan would retain its neutral position.
Jules Stewart provides a gripping account of the expedition, highlighting a previously little-known aspect of First World War history.
Madrid: the History, for which he has been awarded a research grant by The Society of Authors, has been published by I.B. Tauris and is now available.
Read a review of Albert by Engineering & Technology Magazine.
He is also the editor of Frontier Fighters, the memoirs of Major Walter James Cumming, who served in the South Waziristan Scouts before the Second World War. The book is available from Pen & Sword Ltd.
Albert is now available from I.B Taurus.
From the Great Exhibition and the construction of many of London's great museums to his social campaigns against slavery and the Corn Laws, Albert's achievements were truly remarkable - in fact, very few have made such a permanent mark on British society. This is the life story of Albert of Saxe-Coburg: Prince Consort and beloved husband of Queen Victoria - and one of the most influential figures of modern Europe.
Crimson Snow: Britain's First Disaster in Afghanistan, is now available in paperback from The History Press.
The book tells the story of the British Army's winter retreat from Kabul in 1842, when 16,000 soldiers, their families and camp followers were annihilated. Available at bookstores and Amazon.