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One on one interviews with authors of works covering faith, politics and life. From Werewolves to the US Constitution we talk about all those things that make life interesting and promote human flourishing. America's authors are the bright light in the chaotic crazy life in which we live today. 

Cross Word Michele McAloon

    • Arts
    • 4.5 • 20 Ratings

One on one interviews with authors of works covering faith, politics and life. From Werewolves to the US Constitution we talk about all those things that make life interesting and promote human flourishing. America's authors are the bright light in the chaotic crazy life in which we live today. 

    The Last Tsarina and Her Sisters

    The Last Tsarina and Her Sisters

    Two royal princesses from a small principality in late 19th century German lands marry into the House of the Russian Romanovs.  Princess Alex of Hesse and her sister Princess Ella lives end tragically when killed by the Russian Communists in 1918.  Clare McHugh in her second novel tell the history of the fate of these two young women. Join me in conversation as we talk about Clare McHugh's latest novel The Romanov Brides. published by William Morrow Paperbacks.

    Check out Clare McHugh's website http://claremchugh.com

    • 30 min
    Alfred Dreyfuss

    Alfred Dreyfuss

    A French scandal over 125 years ago that still reverberates around the world. Alfred Dreyfus was a captain in the French Army whose faith was Jewish.  He was accused of spying for the German Army.  His conviction in 1894 and subsequent acquittal gripped the attention of the world  and forever changed France.

    Join me in conversation with Dr Maurice Samuels about his recent book Alfred Dreyfus; The Man at the Center of the Affair published by Yale University Press 
    https://yalebooks.yale.edu/ 

    Also my podcast now is on the the Crusade Radio Network ...Check it out!! 
    https://crusadechannel.com/

    • 44 min
    A Nasty Little War

    A Nasty Little War

    Did you know that American soldiers actually went to war in Russia in 1918?
    Listen to this discussion with Anna Reid, author of "A Nasty Little War; The West's Fight to Reverse the Russian Revolution" published by Basic Books. It is a tale of heroes and scoundrels that few in the West know about much less understand. 

    Check out Basic Books ...they have some very well written history books.    

     https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/imprint/basic-books/  

    • 39 min
    "He Left Us So Much"

    "He Left Us So Much"

    A conversation with Father Fessio, Founder of Ignatius Press about "He Left Us So Much" A Tribute to Pope Benedict XVI written by Cardinal Robert Sarah. Pope Benedict XVI -Cardinal Ratzinger was an amazing man.  His life spanned the 20th century.  He saw the rise of Nazi Germany to the 21st Century crisis in the Church.  Throughout it all he followed a spiritual itinerary that lead him to an ever closer friendship with God. The late Pope Benedict was probably one of the most cultured and educated men to hold the Chair of St Peter.  His writings today stand as a testament to a European past and what the culture of Europe can still offer to the world today.
    You can find this beautiful book and many more at Ignatius.com,       

    • 29 min
    The Book at War

    The Book at War

    Did you know that Stalin, Hitler and Mao were voracious readers? Where did the paper book pocket book come from?  Join me in this conversation with renowned historian Andrew Pettegree, as we discuss his latest  The Book at War, How Reading Shaped Conflict and Conflict Shaped Reading.  We discuss the fascinating and often overlooked role of books in warfare, exploring how reading shapes conflict and how conflict, in turn, shapes reading. Professor  Pettegree reveals that books are not just hapless victims of destruction in wars but powerful tools for war making, as they can motivate populations and fuel ideologies that lead to wars. The conversation highlights historical examples, such as the destruction of libraries during World War II and the weaponization of book culture by dictatorships like Nazi Germany and Russia. Furthermore, we explore how books have influenced major conflicts, including the American Civil War and both World Wars. Overall, this episode sheds light on the enduring power of books and how they continue to play a significant role in the development and battle of ideas in society.

    The Book at War, How Reading Shaped Conflict and Conflict Shaped Reading is published by Basic Books

    • 40 min
    Napoleon Bonaparte

    Napoleon Bonaparte

     Napoleon Bonaparte was not only a brilliant military strategist but also a master of propaganda. Join me in this conversation with Professor David A Bell from Princeton University.  He is an author of several books to include  
    Napoleon: A Concise Biography (Oxford University Press, 2015) is a short study written for Oxford's "Very Short Introductions" series.You can find more information about Professor Bell at https://history.princeton.edu/people/david-bell

    To my listeners who have been so patient!  Thanks for encouraging me back to podcasting.  It's a joy to be back to talk all things books!!   
     

    • 40 min

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20 Ratings

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Easy to listen to.

Started with episode ten, which was interesting and easy to listen too. I didn’t feel like I needed an advanced degree in theology to understand everything - definitely a plus. Now I’m going back to episode one and work my way to ten.

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Great Guests

So interesting to hear about so many different perspectives!

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