Professor Richard Aldous

Richard Aldous is Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature at Bard College, New York.

Educated in London and Cambridge, Richard taught for 15 years at University College Dublin, where he was Head of the School of History and Archives.

Richard’s ten books as author and editor include MACMILLAN, EISENHOWER AND THE COLD WAR and TUNES OF GLORY: THE LIFE OF MALCOLM SARGENT. His critically acclaimed THE LION AND THE UNICORN: GLADSTONE VS DISRAELI was published by Hutchinson in the UK in 2006 (“A cracking good read” – Nick Robinson, BBC Political Editor) and by WW Norton in the US in 2007 (“a riveting spectacle” – New York Times). In 2009 Richard worked with Bertie Ahern on the former Irish prime minister’s autobiography. His book REAGAN & THATCHER: THE DIFFICULT RELATIONSHIP was published by Hutchinson and W. W. Norton & Co. in 2012. His latest book is SCHLESINGER: THE IMPERIAL HISTORIAN, which was published by W. W. Norton & Co. on 10 November 2017.

Richard has written widely on history and politics for the Sunday Independent, the Irish Times and the Mail on Sunday. He has also been a regular commentator for the BBC, RTE Television and Newstalk radio. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Trustee of Gladstone’s library at St Deiniol’s, Hawarden, his GREAT IRISH SPEECHES was a Christmas No.1 bestseller.