- William Shawcross
William Shawcross (born
28 May, 1946, Sussex) is a British writer, broadcaster and commentator.
Shawcross was educated at
Eton Collegeand University College, Oxford, and worked as a journalist for "The Sunday Times". He writes and lectures on issues of international policy, geopolitics, Southeast Asiaand refugees for a number of publications, including " Time Magazine", " Newsweek", " International Herald Tribune", " The Spectator", " Washington Post" and " Rolling Stone magazine". He has also written a number of books, including biographies of Rupert Murdochand the Shah of Persia. He is currently working on a biography of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Shawcross is chairman of Response, a charity helping refugees and others who have suffered for their political opinions and a member of the
Disasters Emergency Committee. He has been an advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. In 2003, he was named the " New Statesman's" 'Man of the Year', having had a high profile for supporting the invasion of Iraq and accusations of betrayal by left-liberal commentators.
Shawcross' father was the politician and lawyer,
Hartley Shawcross, his mother Joan Winifred Mather, who died in a riding accident on the SussexDowns in 1974. Shawcross married the writer and art critic, Marina Warnerin 1970. Their son, Conrad, is an artist of rising prominence. He married twice more; he and his third wife, Olga Polizzi, live in East Dean, East Sussex.
*"Dubcek: Dubcek and Czechoslovakia 1918-1968" (1970), a "
New York Times" Book of the Year.
*"Crime and Compromise: Janos Kadar and the politics of Hungary since Revolution" (1974)
*"Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon and the destruction of Cambodia" (1979), nominated for a
*"The Quality of Mercy: Cambodia, Holocaust and Modern Conscience" (1984), awarded the Freedom From Hunger Media Award.
*"The Shah's Last Ride: The fate of an ally" (1988)
*"Murdoch: The making of a media empire" (1992)
*"Deliver us from Evil: Warlords, Peacekeepers and a World of Endless Conflict" (2000)
*"Queen and Country" (2002)
* [http://www.williamshawcross.com/ Personal website]
* [http://www.newstatesman.com/People/200312150017 New Statesman profile]
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