Described with a mixture of architectural interest, topographical insight and personal anecdote, these are 12 world cities which have been either intertwined with Roy Jenkins' life or otherwise aroused his particular interest. Jenkins has three British cities: Cardiff, which was the metropolis of his Monmouthshire childhood; Birmingham which he represented in parliament for 27 years; and Glasgow, which he did not know well until he won a famous by-election there in 1982, but which then aroused in him an enthusiasm far transcending politics. There are four north European cities: Paris, of which his memories go back to 1931; Brussels, where he lived for four years as President of the European Commission; Bonn, not exactly a metropolis but the modest capital of the very successful West German polity for 40 years; and Berlin, surveyed from its Wilhelmine splendour, through its 1945 degradation to its reunification and architectural resurgence of the 1990s. Then there are two south European essays on cities which both have a special and strong flavour - Naples and Barcelona. From Lord Jenkins' over 100 visits to North America, there emerge highly personal recollections of New York and a
Roy Jenkins was the author of many books, including Churchill and Gladstone, which won the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Active in British politics for half a century, he entered the House of Commons in 1948 and subsequently served as Minister of Aviation, Home Secretary, and Chancellor of the Exchequer; he was also the President of the European Commission and Chancellor of Oxford University. In 1987 he took his seat in the House of Lords. He died in January 2003.