Bard Faculty

Richard Aldous

Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Historical Studies

Academic Expertise: Historical Studies

Area of Specialization: Twentieth century history


Ph.D., University of Cambridge. Author and editor of nine books, including Reagan and Thatcher (Norton, 2012); The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. Disraeli (Norton, 2007); Great Irish Speeches (Quercus, 2007); Macmillan, Eisenhower and the Cold War (Four Courts, 2005); and Tunes of Glory: The Life of Malcolm Sargent (Random House, 2001). Chair, School of History and Archives, University College Dublin (2006–2009). Fellow, Royal Historical Society; Trustee, Gladstone's Library, Hawarden; Op-Ed contributor to the New York Times and commentator for the BBC. At Bard since 2009.

Research Interests: British and American politics; Anglo-American relations

Other Interests: History of English music


2013-08-30 — Publication
Tony Ryan: Ireland's Aviator (Gill and Macmillan)
An Irish Times #1 non-fiction bestseller

2012-03-19 — Publication
Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship (W.W. Norton).
New York Times Editors' Choice
Sunday Times Top nonfiction books
Sunday Times Must Read
Daily Beast Hot Read
Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Christian Science Monitor 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2012


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