Over the last three years, I’ve recorded a couple hundred author-interview podcasts for NRO. I try to make each one succeed–a process that begins with selecting guests, studying their books, and preparing questions. A lot of work goes into these interviews, even though they’re only about ten minutes long. Yet this is a team sport: The ultimate quality of the podcasts depends on the authors. There’s a performance aspect to these interviews and most authors do a decent job of discussing their books. A few really shine. One of them is Bernard Cornwell, an author of historical fiction.
If I had to pick the single best podcast we’ve recorded, I’d point to an interview with Cornwell on his book Agincourt. He’s well spoken, packs a lot of information into his responses, and keeps things moving along at a nice pace. Just listen.
Today, Cornwell is my podcast victim once again. The new book is called The Fort and the story takes place during the American Revolution. The specific backdrop is the Penobscot expedition of 1779, which, alas, was not one the finer moments in American military history. It actually led to Paul Revere’s court martial. I had not heard of this previously. That’s one of the wonderful things about Cornwell’s books: You can enjoy them for their entertainment value and also learn a bit of real history at the same time. Reading them is time well spent.
Next week’s podcast: Vince Flynn on his new novel.