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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

Tom Dunkel on the Germans Sabotaging the Third Reich

Tom Dunkel on the Germans Sabotaging the Third Reich

A number of stories of individual acts of German resistance to the Nazis have come to light over the years. What is little known is that a network of individuals — from average civilians to those within the highest reaches of government and the military — coordinated efforts in a sustained attempt

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Dan Akst on the WWII Pacifists Who Revolutionized Resistance

Dan Akst on the WWII Pacifists Who Revolutionized Resistance

In War by Other Means: The Pacifists of the Greatest Generation Who Revolutionized Resistance, author Daniel Akst traces the founding of the American progressive movement back to when the United States was on the brink of war. Akst joins Richard Aldous to discuss how four unlikely real-life characters in the

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John Lahr on How Arthur Miller Captured American Life

John Lahr on How Arthur Miller Captured American Life

Catapulted into the spotlight with his marriage to Marilyn Monroe, American playwright Arthur Miller’s life had more complexity and nuance than his claim to pop culture fame. Theatre critic and author John Lahr joins Richard Aldous to talk about Miller, the subject of his latest book—the man behind

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William Inboden on How Reagan Kept the Cold War Cold

William Inboden on How Reagan Kept the Cold War Cold

Based on newly declassified material, The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink, by William Inboden plunges readers into the uncertainty of the late Cold War when the Soviet Union’s fate was far from a fait accompli. In conversation with Richard Aldous, Inboden explores

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Megan Walsh on China’s Lively Literary Scene

Megan Walsh on China’s Lively Literary Scene

In The Subplot, Megan Walsh explores China’s diverse literary landscape, which ranges from underground comics and surrealist works to migrant-worker poetry and the less-regulated world of online fiction. She joined Richard Aldous to discuss how China’s modern literary culture offers a window into the lives of its citizens

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Jacob Soll on the Ever-Changing Free Market

Jacob Soll on the Ever-Changing Free Market

To meet today’s economic challenges, a reappraisal of America’s free-market ideology might be in order. Jacob Soll, author of Free Market: The History of an Idea, joins Richard Aldous to speak about the world’s constantly evolving free-market ideologies and how they have functioned throughout different eras, from

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John A. Farrell on Ted Kennedy’s Epic, Turbulent Life

John A. Farrell on Ted Kennedy’s Epic, Turbulent Life

Ted Kennedy’s life was buffeted by heartbreak: the violent deaths of his three older brothers, his own terrible plane crash, his children’s bouts with cancer, the hideous self-inflicted wounds of Chappaquiddick. Those wounds scarred Ted deeply but also tempered his character, and, eventually, he embarked on a run

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Gautam Mukunda on Choosing a Presidential Candidate

Gautam Mukunda on Choosing a Presidential Candidate

What’s the best way to determine whether a presidential candidate is truly up to the task? Former Harvard Business School professor Gautam Mukunda joins Richard Aldous to discuss his new book, Picking Presidents: How to Make the Most Consequential Decision in the World. Mukunda outlines his non-partisan set of

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