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Richard Aldous

Richard Aldous

Richard Aldous is Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature at Bard College, and host of the “Bookstack” podcast at American Purpose.

He is the author of eleven books, including Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian (2017); Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship (2012); Macmillan, Eisenhower and the Cold War (2005); The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. Disraeli (2007); and biographies of Malcolm Sargent and Tony Ryan.

Podcasts and Articles

Sulmaan Wasif Khan on the Taiwan Standoff

Sulmaan Wasif Khan on the Taiwan Standoff

When President Joe Biden stated in 2022 that the United States would defend Taiwan military in the event of a Chinese invasion, he crossed a line of ambiguity that had been purposefully danced around for decades. And yet, even though such a scenario would pit two nuclear powers against each

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Diana McLain Smith on Bringing Americans Together

Diana McLain Smith on Bringing Americans Together

In divided times, many Americans are sealing themselves off from those who think differently. Diana McLain Smith tells a different story in her new book, Remaking the Space Between Us: How Citizens Can Work Together to Build a Better Future for All, focusing on the tens of thousands reaching out

Richard Aldous
Adriana Carranca on the New Wave of Latin American Missionaries

Adriana Carranca on the New Wave of Latin American Missionaries

Thanks to American missionaries’ successes around the globe, the face of evangelicalism is no longer White America. In Soul by Soul: The Evangelical Mission to Spread the Gospel to Muslims, Adriana Carranca reveals an extraordinary tale that has been under the radar: Missionaries from Latin America are leading the way

Richard Aldous
David L. Roll on President Harry Truman

David L. Roll on President Harry Truman

Harry Truman was educated in Missouri public schools, never went to college, and spent a number of his adult years as a dirt farmer. Yet eleven years after first being elected to the Senate he became President of the most powerful nation on earth in the midst of momentous world

Richard Aldous
Nicholas Shakespeare on Ian Fleming

Nicholas Shakespeare on Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming heroicized for all the world the British intelligence agent in James Bond. In his new book Ian Fleming: The Complete Man, renowned biographer Nicholas Shakespeare digs into the legend of Fleming himself. Like his most famous character, Fleming’s life was colorfully marked by high-stakes intelligence, alcohol, and

Richard Aldous
Seth D. Kaplan on America’s Fragile Neighborhoods

Seth D. Kaplan on America’s Fragile Neighborhoods

In surveying dysfunction across America, the question arises: Is the source of the trouble at the local or the national level? Seth D. Kaplan has shifted his analytical gaze from fragile nations abroad to examine the fragility of his home country. He believes America’s problems from health to politics

Richard Aldous
Leah Hunt-Hendrix on the Power of Solidarity

Leah Hunt-Hendrix on the Power of Solidarity

Solidarity has been at the root of social change throughout history, bringing people together across their differences to challenge injustice within societies. In their new book, Solidarity: The Past, Present, and Future of a World-Changing Idea, Leah Hunt-Hendrix and Astra Taylor examine the sociological concept that is at the heart

Richard Aldous
April 17: Bookstack Live Taping with Seth D. Kaplan

April 17: Bookstack Live Taping with Seth D. Kaplan

On Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. EST, join Richard Aldous for a live recording of his latest Bookstack podcast. Richard will be interviewing Seth D. Kaplan, author of Fragile Neighborhoods: Repairing American Society, One Zip Code at a Time, which offers a timely exploration of why

Richard Aldous