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DAVID  BOULTON        Author  -  Writer  -  Broadcaster




The Third Age of Broadcasting

Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), 1991

Proposals for reshaping British broadcasting to meet the challenges of multi-channel programming.


The Lockheed Papers

[USA: The Grease Machine

Jonathan Cape (UK) and Harper & Row (USA), 1978


How the biggest private defence contractor in the western world secured its civil and military aircraft sales by billion-dollar bribery and corruption, from the USA and Britain to the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Saudi-Arabia and Japan. Tells who bribed whom, when, why, how much, and with what result.



Ralph Nader wrote: “With literary discipline and dramatic force, David Boulton documents the intensity of effort behind Lockheed’s ‘crimes in the suites’... Shows convincingly that overseas bribery was bad for product quality, bad for the enterprise system, bad for national security and, above all, illegal in every country where it was conducted.”

Jeffrey Klein wrote: “The Grease Machine exhibits a keen intelligence that leads the reader through a complex investigation... Future generations will read it to understand who wielded power and where they went awry. Then and now, it will certainly be in the core curriculum.”


The Making of Tania Hearst

New English Library, 1975

Full account of the Patti Hearst story.


The UVF, 1966-73: an Anatomy of Loyalist Rebellion

Gill & Macmillan, Dublin, 1973

The first account of the origins and development of Ulster’s other private armies - the  “Loyalist” paramilitaries opposing both the IRA and the British governments they saw as selling out their Protestant heritage. Focuses on the Ulster Volunteer Force, the Ulster Defence Association, and the network of secretive organisations inspired by the rhetoric of the Rev. Ian Paisley.

Robert Fisk wrote in The Times: “The classic account of the rise of the Loyalist paramilitaries”.



Objection Overruled

Macgibbon & Kee, 1967


A history of the campaign during the first world war to establish the rights of conscientious objection to military service. Focuses on the work of the No-Conscription Fellowship, Quaker peace groups and the resistance of individual objectors. Bertrand Russell and Fenner Brockway - both leaders of the COs’ campaign - joined David Boulton in appealing for the letters, diaries and personal recollections on which this now much sought-after book is based, revealing the heroic origins of the modern peace movement.



Voices from the Crowd: Against the H-Bomb (Editor)

Foreword by Michael Foot

Peter Owen, 1964

An anthology of essays by the first generation of pioneer campaigners against nuclear weapons: Albert Schweitzer, J B Priestley, Bertrand Russell, Sir Herbert Read, John Osborne, C Wright Mills, Philip Toynbee, Alex Comfort, Christopher Logue, James Cameron, Marghanita Laski, Donald Soper, E P Thompson, Spike Milligan and others.


Jazz in Britain

W H Allen, 1958

The first comprehensive history of jazz in Britain, from the arrival in London in 1912 of the Original American Ragtime Octette to the 1950s revival of “trad” New Orleans jazz and skiffle. Now particularly sought after for its detailed listings of British bands and musicians of the 1950s, and the developing discography of British jazz in the early days of LPs.

Band leader Chris Barber wrote in a Foreword: “This book gave me for the first time a great deal of information about the earlier attempts to play jazz here... I thank David Boulton for uncovering so much of the background... and also for his penetrating analysis of the present-day situation.”

All out of print but most are available on Amazon