Lawrence Freedman who is an authority on war and warfare, past and present, and consultant to governments on conflict, is joined by the BBC World Affairs editor and foreign correspondent, John Simpson, to investigate how past conflicts inform the present and future of war, weapons, security and strategy.
During the 1920s and 1930s, German tourism was booming, particularly among Americans and the British. Attracted by the scenery, the food, the culture, and the favourable exchange rates, they also came to witness the rise of Hitler. Julia Boyd’s book, including extracts from her mother’s 1938 diary, offers an exceptional insight into the period.
Shirli Gilbert’s book From Things Lost is a narrative of displacement, survival, and an unlikely friendship in the wake of the Holocaust, via an astonishing collection of over 2,000 letters discovered in a forgotten trunk in Johannesburg.
Yael Dayan, daughter of the legendary Moshe Dayan, looks back at her extraordinary life as a fierce and eloquent activist and influential politician. While admitting with searing honesty to missing the vivacity of her youth, she remains engaged and engaging, continuing to speak out frankly for her beliefs. She is in conversation with Janet Suzman.
Scottish Book of the Year author, Kapka Kassabova, presents in Border a sharply-observed portrait of a little-known corner of Europe, the enigmatic zone between Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece. She offers a fascinating meditation on the borderlines that exist between countries, between cultures, between people, and within each of us.