The award-winning historian introduces his masterwork Churchill: Walking With Destiny, a landmark reconsideration of the iconic war leader based on Roberts’ exclusive access to extensive new material, from private diaries and letters to detail from war cabinet meetings.
Ben Fountain (United States) is the author of the novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, recently made into a film by the director Ang Lee. This funny and moving story is set during an American football match and features a young soldier who is back in the United States to promote the American army’s work in Iraq. Just about to return to combat, he reflects on his life, the implications and complexities of the armed conflict, and the value of propaganda as well as people’s perception of a country when building a communal image. Also the author of the book of short stories Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, Ben Fountain will talk to Eduardo Rabasa.
Nixey tells the largely unknown story of how a militant religion deliberately subjected and annihilated the teachings of the classical world, and opened the way to centuries of unconditional adherence to "a single true faith”. The Roman Empire had been generous in welcoming new beliefs, but the arrival of Christianity changed everything. This new religion, despite preaching peace, was violent, ruthless and decidedly intolerant. Catherine Nixey studied Classical History in Cambridge, worked for many years as a teacher before turning to journalism. She talks to the journalist Guillermo Altares.