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Bookstack

Each week Bard College professor and distinguished historian Richard Aldous hosts authors to discuss their most recent books.

Satia on Progress and Colonialism

Satia on Progress and Colonialism

How does writing history influence the future? How did Enlightenment thinkers help prepare the ground for Empire? And how can we rescue the Enlightenment project to build a better future? This week, Priya Satia of Stanford University joins our host Richard Aldous to discuss all this, as well as her

Richard Aldous
Ikenberry on Liberal Internationalism

Ikenberry on Liberal Internationalism

Is liberal democracy the foundation of a lasting world order, or should we be constructing a world order to help fragile democracies thrive? And after a rough few years for liberal democracy around the globe, what are the chances that such an order can be built? G. John Ikenberry joins

Richard Aldous
Teasel Muir-Harmony on the Magic of the Moon Landing

Teasel Muir-Harmony on the Magic of the Moon Landing

Project Apollo captured the world’s imagination, and as a feat of “soft power” public diplomacy, it has few peers in the history of mankind, and has not been matched since. With hopes expressed that President Biden’s election can start to bring the world together after several years of

Richard Aldous
Thomas E. Ricks on What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans

Thomas E. Ricks on What America’s Founders Learned from the Greeks and Romans

Is the America we have today, the America that elected Donald Trump and is still struggling to move on from his term in office, the country our Founding Fathers envisioned? And just what is it that this illustrious group really thought they were building? Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas E.

Richard Aldous
Susan Glasser and Peter Baker on James A. Baker III

Susan Glasser and Peter Baker on James A. Baker III

To paraphrase Henry Kissinger, "Who the heck is James Baker?” For a quarter-century, from the end of Watergate to the aftermath of the Cold War, no Republican won the presidency without his help or ran the White House without his advice. Susan Glasser and Peter Baker join our host Richard

Richard Aldous
Ian Buruma on America's Special Relationship with the UK

Ian Buruma on America's Special Relationship with the UK

What’s so special about the special relationship? Was it built on anything more than Winston Churchill’s charisma and cunning? What can we learn about the history of the European project by studying its contours? And is it doomed after Brexit? Ian Buruma, author, historian, and a professor at

Richard Aldous
Edmund Fawcett on his book Conservatism

Edmund Fawcett on his book Conservatism

Conservatism. It arose out of the ashes of the French Revolution. Margaret Thatcher famously denied she was an adherent. And today, it is taking yet another new shape as the world changes at a breathtaking pace. Edmund Fawcett, a correspondent for The Economist for more than three decades, joins host

Richard Aldous
Mark Salter on Senator John McCain’s Legacy

Mark Salter on Senator John McCain’s Legacy

Codes of honor. Ethics. Values. The rough-and-tumble of American electoral politics. And the fateful choice of Sarah Palin as VP pick. Mark Salter, the late Senator John McCain’s speechwriter, aide, and close confidant, joins host Richard Aldous to discuss his new book, The Luckiest Man: Life With John McCain.

Richard Aldous