Episode 189: The Best Author Interviews of 2017

Good evening, listeners! We have a special holiday treat for you this week, as host Richard Aldous closes out the year by taking a look back at some of our favorite interviews from 2017.

First up, we go back just a few weeks ago to Gordon Wood, historian and the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history at Brown University, who discussed his new book Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (you can also find a transcript for this discussion here).

Then we turn to a conversation with John Bew, professor of History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department at King’s College London, about his new book, Clement Attlee: The Man Who Made Modern Britain.

After that, you’ll hear Richard speaking with Washington Post columnist and TAI board member Anne Applebaum about her newly published book Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine.

Finally, we close out with an excellent interview with Stephen Kotkin, professor in history and international affairs at Princeton University and a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, about his new biography, Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 (the transcript for which can be found here).

Clever listeners may notice a theme in these choices: books, of course! These books made for great interviews, and they’d do well as last-minute gift ideas, as well.

Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, where you can leave a review, and follow John Bew @JohnBew, Anne Applebaum @anneapplebaum, and Richard Aldous @RJAldous on Twitter. We’ll be looking to bring more authors onto the show in 2018, but until then, have a happy and peaceful holiday break. See you next year!

Published on: December 20, 2017
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