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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

Matthew Sturgis on Oscar Wilde and social mores

Matthew Sturgis on Oscar Wilde and social mores

What does the life of Oscar Wilde tell us about #metoo and predatory celebrity culture, in Victorian England and today? More than you might imagine, and in surprising ways at that. This week, Matthew Sturgis joins host Richard Aldous to talk about his new book, Oscar Wilde: A Life, to

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Anne-Marie Slaughter on American renewal

Anne-Marie Slaughter on American renewal

Can America bounce back in an era of crisis? Absolutely it can, says Anne-Marie Slaughter, as she joins our host Richard Aldous to discuss her new book Renewal: From Crisis to Transformation in Our Lives, Work, and Politics.

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Harold James on political terminology

Harold James on political terminology

The importance of language cannot be overstated in today’s overheated political climate. To think through how best to navigate the language wars, Professor Harold James joins host Richard Aldous to discuss his new book The War of Words: A Glossary of Globalization.

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H.R. McMaster on America's future battlegrounds

H.R. McMaster on America's future battlegrounds

As his most recent book Battlegrounds comes out in paperback, General H.R. McMaster joins host Richard Aldous for a whirlwind tour of the geostrategic landscape for the United States, and the challenges the country faces in sustaining its commitments abroad.

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Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili on Afghanistan and State-Building

Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili on Afghanistan and State-Building

Could it all have gone differently? Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili, author of the new book Land, The State, and War: Property Institutions and Political Order in Afghanistan, joins host Richard Aldous to talk about what the West repeatedly gets wrong in tackling the devilishly difficult problems of international development and democracy

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Toby Harnden on the CIA's mission in Afghanistan

Toby Harnden on the CIA's mission in Afghanistan

Welcome back, dear listeners, to Season Two of Bookstack! With the twentieth anniversary of the Al Qaeda terror attacks on New York and Washington approaching this weekend, our host Richard Aldous sat down with author Toby Harnden to discuss his new book First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA

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Peter Hartcher on Australia's China Challenge

Peter Hartcher on Australia's China Challenge

Australia is the world’s test case for how a democratic country’s dependence on China can be turned against it. The Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Hartcher joins Richard Aldous to discuss exactly how this has happened in his new book, Red Zone: China’s Challenge and Australia’s

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Firmin DeBrabander on the Internet's Threat to Privacy

Firmin DeBrabander on the Internet's Threat to Privacy

Is there any hope for safeguarding privacy in the age of the internet?

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