The Accidental Guerrilla, with David Kilcullen

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The Accidental Guerrilla by David Kilcullen was a Washington Post bestseller which transformed the theory and practice of counterinsurgency--and changed the way we think about war. Interviewed by The Economist’s Defence Editor Shashank Joshi, in this episode David shares his ground-breaking insights into the War on Terror.

Susan Williams: Who Killed Hammarskjöld?

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The death of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld remains one of the biggest mysteries of the twentieth century. Journalist and author Michela Wrong talks to author Susan Williams about ‘Who Killed Hammarskjöld?’, Susan’s thrilling book which investigated this suspicious death and sparked an ongoing UN investigation.

The Road to Somewhere, with David Goodhart

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Anne McElvoy, senior editor at The Economist, interviews David Goodhart about his bestselling and highly influential book The Road to Somewhere. Examining the political and moral fault-lines that divide Brexit Britain, David’s framework of ‘Anywheres’ and ‘Somewheres’ has become a fixture in public debate about Brexit and the rise of populism.

Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerrillas, with Alpa Shah

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Anthropologist Alpa Shah’s gripping book Nightmarch was shortlisted for the 2019 Orwell Prize for Political Writing. In this episode, author and journalist Sonia Faleiro talks to Alpa about her time living amongst India’s communist guerrillas, and the undercover journey she took with them in 2010.

The Rwandan Genocide, with Gérard Prunier

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The Rwanda Crisis by Gérard Prunier is the definitive and most comprehensive account of the conditions leading up to the Rwandan genocide and the events that followed. In this episode author and New York Times journalist Jeffrey Gettleman interviews Gérard about his heavily documented account of the horrors of 1994, and the complicity of France and other Western colonialists.

Inglorious Empire, with Shashi Tharoor

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Shashi Tharoor’s book Inglorious Empire was a Sunday Times bestseller. It sparked a vital conversation about British views on empire, challenging predominant narratives. In this episode, author and Financial Times columnist Nilanjana Roy talks to Shashi Tharoor about this landmark book and how British imperialism devastated India.

AfterWords: Launches March 10th 2020

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Six defining books. Six defining conversations.

AfterWords explores the stories behind groundbreaking books.

In the first series, hear leading journalists in conversation with authors whose books have instigated debates, advanced knowledge and changed society. Discover how the British empire impacted India with Shashi Tharoor, investigate a UN Secretary General's mysterious death with Susan Williams, and learn about India's Maoist guerrillas with Alpa Shah. Examine Brexit Britain with David Goodhart and the Rwandan genocide with Gérard Prunier, and gain insight on counterinsurgency from expert David Kilcullen.

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About this podcast

AfterWords explores the stories behind groundbreaking books. From colonialism and genocide to mysterious deaths and Brexit Britain, listen for lively discussions between authors and journalists. Produced by George McDonagh, for Hurst Publishers.

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