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Books by David King

  • The Trial of Adolf Hitler

    David King

    Product Code: BPWCV
    Paperback
    Longlisted for the JQ Wingate Prize On the evening of November 8, 1923, the thirty-four-year-old Adolf Hitler stormed into a beer hall in Munich, fired his pistol in the air, and proclaimed a revolution. Seventeen hours later, all that remained of his bold move was a trail of destruction. Hitler was on the run from the police. His career seemed to be over. In The Trial of Adolf Hitler, the acclaimed historian David King tells the true story of the monumental criminal proceeding that followed when Hitler and nine other suspects were charged with high treason. Reporters from as far away as Argentina and Australia flocked to Munich for the sensational four-week spectacle. By its end, Hitler would transform the fiasco of the beer hall putsch into a stunning victory for the fledgling Nazi Party. It was this trial that thrust Hitler into the limelight, provided him with an unprecedented stage for his demagoguery, and set him on his improbable path to power. Based on trial transcripts, police files, and many other new sources, including some five hundred documents recently discovered from the Landsberg Prison record office, The Trial of Adolf Hitler is a gripping true story of crime and punishment - and a haunting failure of justice with catastrophic consequences.
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  • Missionaries and Idols in Polynesia

    David King

    Product Code: AOKIB
    Paperback
    The first Europeans to follow the explorers of the eighteenth century into the South Pacific were missionaries. They were sent by an Evangelical Christian organization called The London Missionary Society, whose aim was to bring the word of the Bible to all peoples to illume a dark and sinful world . Their first target was Tahiti, an island of extravagant beauty, inhabited by a people of astonishing sophistication. The missionaries settled down, learned the language and stayed for decades. Although their aim was to Christianize the islanders and eradicate the traditional religion along with its pagan idols, they ended up recording a good deal about Polynesian culture and even saving a large number of the very idols they came 12,000 miles to destroy.Accompanying an exhibition at the University of London s Brunei Gallery, this beautifully illustrated catalogue documents the London Missionary Society from its formation to its initial success in Polynesia. The period covered spans roughly 1792 to 1825. Along with historical graphics and archive material paintings, engravings, books, journals and correspondence of the missionaries this publication shows some of the idols and artifacts that the missionaries brought back feather gods and spirit images, necklaces, instruments and tools. In the words of missionary Rev. John Williams, it puts on view an historical ocular demonstration of The London Missionary Society. Most objects shown here have not been on public display since the nineteenth century.After the initial and very difficult spiritual conquest of Tahiti the night of toil that took 15 years the English missionaries turned the thorny job of Christianization over to Polynesian teachers, who, in the words of Rev. John Williams, knew how to clear away the rubbish of idolatry & superstition far better than newly arrived or even Old Missionaries . The best teacher of all was Papeiha, who was energetic, purposeful and a native speaker of Tahitian. His account of events while Christianizing Rarotonga published here for the first time is probably the most personal, immediate and detailed description of a conversion in the South Sea.Missionaries are roundly criticized for their unrelenting determination to alter traditional Polynesian religion and customs. In what they referred to as the bloodless victory, they largely succeeded. Yet in many ways Evangelicals were progressive. They were vehemently opposed to slavery, infanticide, human sacrifice and warfare. They brought writing, taught literacy, and printed books; in doing so they fixed the Polynesian languages. They urged the elevation of women in Polynesian society. Unlike the American missionaries in Hawaii, for example, their aim was to establish spiritual rather than territorial or economic dominion. However questionable the missionary endeavor, the writings and collections presented here show that the missionaries were also agents of cultural preservation."
  • John Heartfield

    David King

    Product Code: ANQDB
    Hardback
    This large-format overview of the work of John Heartfield draws on the superlative collections of the Academie der Kunst, Berlin, and the David King collection at Tate Modern. Born in Berlin in 1891, Heartfield, along with George Grosz, is widely considered to have invented photomontage, a technique of cutting up and manipulating photographs. During the 1930s Heartfield's engagement with this medium produced some of the most visually arresting and politically hard-hitting artwork of the twentieth century, appropriating the widely-circulated propaganda of the time to create its total antithesis. John Heartfield began his career as a graphic designer for his brother's legendary publishing house Malik Verlag, at which time he also joined the German Communist Party for whom he created many satirical posters. However, his pre-eminence in photomontage was confirmed by the work he produced for the Communist weekly AIZ and Volks Illustrierte, creating 237 photomontages between 1930 and 1937. In his own words, he used 'laughter as a devastating weapon' to target the Nazi regime of violence and demagogy, but this in turn made he himself a target for Nazi scorn and censorship. In 1933 much of his work was destroyed when the Gestapo ransacked his studio, and the ensuing years saw him flee in exile around Europe where he continued to produce his brilliantly terrifying images. With an essay written by the author in his own inimitable style, the book includes over 150 full-colour reproductions of Heartfield's beautiful and powerful work, both in its original and printed forms, as well as documentary photographs and recollections from Heartfield's surviving family members.
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