Wednesday 4 November 2020


Lionel Barber

Former editor of the Financial Times

The Powerful and the Damned: Private Diaries in Turbulent Times

Join us for a no-holds barred account of life behind the headlines, and a riveting portrait of power in times of crisis. At the helm of the most important business newspaper in the world, Barber documented the tech boom, the financial crisis, the rise of China, Brexit, populism and the rise of fake news.

Lionel Barber

Lionel was editor of the Financial Times from 2005 to January 2020. During this time Barber helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multi-channel news organisation in addition to winning numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards.

Barber has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security and monetary union in the US and Europe and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world.  Whilst editor, he interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including: US President Barack Obama, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

Barber has received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tate and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

"I was a privileged interlocutor to people in power, each offering unique insights into high-level decision-making and political calculation, often in moments of crisis. These diaries offer snapshots of leadership in an age of upheaval. I’m delighted to have WH Allen publishing the book."

Lionel Barber