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Harry Mount

Harry Mount is editor of The Oldie and the author of eight books. He was a leader writer and New York correspondent at the Daily Telegraph and is a former barrister.
The Marx Brothers: From Vaudeville to Israel
Like many children of 19th century Jewish immigrants, as each Marx brother boy celebrated his Barmitzvah their formal education was replaced by life on the stage. Non-religious, they fiercely embraced their Jewish identity in the face of rampant antisemitism. And late in life, Harpo in particular and unexpectedly profoundly connected with Judaism during an emotional trip to Israel in 1963. Robert S Bader – author of Four of the Three Musketeers, Susan Fl...
Brexit: the Spark that Fired Populism?
Brexit is the most divisive issue in a generation; it unleashed a rise in populism, and exposed the fault lines of a nation divided by wealth, geography and class. Will Brexit send us hurtling towards disaster or will it set the nation’s spirit free? Are Britain’s Jews likely to fare better or worse outside the EU? Our expert panel, drawn from the pro- and anti-Brexit camps, attempted to bring light to this most heated of subjects. In association with the ...
The New Age of Ageing
We are living in an unprecedented age: this year marks the first time in human history that the number of people aged 65 and over outnumber children aged five and under. It is a tumultuous demographic shift. How will we address the ensuing challenges? How will we ensure that we reap the benefits of prolonged life? Award winning journalist Camilla Cavendish contests many of the taboos around aging, arguing for a seismic change in our attitudes to the last phase of life. ...
You Talkin’ To Me?
From ‘con man’ to ‘rush hour’, New York City has given us numerous popular words and phrases, along the way fashioning a recognisable dialect all its own. In You Talkin’ to Me? The Unruly History of New York English E. J. White explores a hidden history encompassing social class, immigration, real estate, and the original plan for West Side Story to centre on Jewish and Christian New Yorkers. Here she joins Oldie editor Harry Mount in conversation. ...
Women of Rothschild
Rising from the Frankfurt ghetto to unrivalled wealth and power, the Rothschilds are one of the most mythologised families of modern times – yet the women remain virtually unknown. In The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Famous Dynasty Natalie Livingstone, author of Sunday Times bestseller The Mistresses of Cliveden, reveals their astonishing lives from the eighteenth century to today. It’s a story that goes everywhere...
Spark: How Genius Ignites
What are the origins of genius? How do luck, failure, personality and serendipity play into the arc of discovery? And why do some people reach extraordinary creative heights early in life while others achieve greatness decades later? New York Times bestseller Claudia Kalb joins us live from the US to answer these questions and more, as in her latest book Spark, via the lives of 13 extraordinary individuals, from child prodgies Shirley Temple, Yo-Yo Ma and Pablo Picasso to th...