Arena of Ambition has been named as ‘Book of the Week’ by The Irish Times.

There’s a review by the historian Paul Readman in today’s edition – which you can read online here.

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Cambridge Evening News

10 June 2009

There’s a two-page spread on Arena of Ambition in today’s Cambridge Evening News (p.16)

You can read it online here – or see a PDF of the newspaper as it appeared.

There’s a mention of Arena of Ambition in the ‘Pandora’ column of today’s Independent:

Heffer: queen of Las Vegas?

Simon Heffer’s enthusiasm for elected office isn’t entirely new. According to Stephen Parkinson’s delightful work, Arena of Ambition: A History of the Cambridge Union, the straight-laced Telegraph columnist served as the Union’s social fixer. Apparently, the ginger terror would arrange such licentious entertainments as “juvenile delinquents parties” and Las Vegas evenings – for which he “hoped that the subtle combination of vices would secure a large attendance”. Good heavens. Whatever would his employers think?