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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.

Richard Aldous
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

Richard Aldous
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

Richard Aldous
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

Richard Aldous
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?

Richard Aldous
Shawna Kay Rodenberg on Growing Up in Kentucky

Shawna Kay Rodenberg on Growing Up in Kentucky

This week, author Shawna Kay Rodenberg joins host Richard Aldous to discuss her moving new book, Kin: A Memoir, about family, forgiveness, and growing up in Eastern Kentucky.

Richard Aldous
Gillian Tett's Anthropological Lens

Gillian Tett's Anthropological Lens

In times of change at breakneck speeds, we need a different lens for understanding the world. Financial journalist and anthropology PhD Gillian Tett joins host Richard Aldous to discuss how we can use an anthropological lens to cope with an increasingly kaleidoscopic reality.

Richard Aldous
Timothy Brennan on Edward Said

Timothy Brennan on Edward Said

Larger-than-life figures like Edward Said often become prisoners of their own legacy. Author Timothy Brennan, a student of Said’s, joins host Richard Aldous to discuss his fascinating new biography, Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said, a book that tries to tease out the contradictions and complications that

Richard Aldous