The CIA's Secret Mission in the Aftermath of 9/11

Over on the podcast this week catch my guest Toby Harden. He’ a former foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times of London and the Daily Telegraph reporting from more than 30 countries. His recent book is called  First Casualty: The Untold Story of the CIA Mission to Avenge 9/11.

Tuesday
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Bestselling Author Tom Clavin Returns to Point of the Spear to talk about a Civil War Naval Battle

This coming week (Wednesday 5/18) catch my conversation with author Tom Clavin. Tom returns to Point of the Spear to discuss To the Uttermost Ends of the Earth his book about the greatest Civil War battle at sea ever waged.

More about the book:

On June 19, 1864, just off the coast of France, one of the most dramatic naval battles in history took place. On a clear day with windswept skies, the dreaded Confederate raider Alabama faced the Union warship Kearsarge in an all-or-nothing fight to the finish, the outcome of which would effectively end the threat of the Confederacy on the high seas.

Authors Phil Keith and Tom Clavin introduce some of the crucial but historically overlooked players, including John Winslow, captain of the USS Kearsarge, as well as Raphael Semmes, captain of the CSS Alabama. Readers will sail aboard the Kearsarge as Winslow embarks for Europe with a set of simple orders from the secretary of the navy: "Travel to the uttermost ends of the earth, if necessary, to find and destroy the Alabama."

Winslow pursued Semmes in a spectacular fourteen-month chase over international waters, culminating in what would become the climactic sea battle of the Civil War.

Saturday
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Author Jared Frederick Discusses Ronald Speirs and His Band of Brothers

Wednesday May 11th join me for a conversation with author Jared Frederick. Jared is a history instructor at Penn State Altoona and hosts the popular Youtube Channel Reel History.  His new book is called  Fierce Valor: The True Story of Ronald Speirs and his Band of Brothers.

Tuesday
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Martin Dugard on Point of the Spear with his #1 NY Times Book, Killing the Killers

Released this week. Join Robert Child for a conversation with author Martin Dugard. Martin Is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and co-author of the Mega-million selling “Killing” series. He’s also launched a solo series the “Taking” series that is discussed during the episode. Dugard’s new book is called Killing the Killers: The Secret War Against Terrorists.

Saturday
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The India-Burma Campaigns in WWII on Point of the Spear

This week join Robert Child for a conversation with author Chris Kolakowski. Chris spent his career interpreting and preserving American military history with the National Park Service, New York State government, the Rensselaer County (NY) Historical Society, the Civil War Preservation Trust, and other organizations. He has written and spoken on various aspects of military history from 1775 to the present. His current book is called Nations in the Balance: The India-Burma Campaigns, December 1943 - August 1944.


Tuesday
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Marine Lt. Colonel David Kelly on Point of the Spear

Join Robert Child April 20th for a conversation with Author and retired Marine Lt. Col. David Kelly. David served as an infantry officer with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion 4th Marines with an Amphibious Readiness Group off the coast of Vietnam. He volunteered to return to active duty to deploy to Iraq in 2004 as senior Field Historian to conduct interview with Marines and sailors in Iraq. His latest book is a result of that effort called Hell in the Streets of Husaybah.


Thursday
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The Republic of Violence on Point of the Spear

Join Robert Child for a conversation with New York Times Bestselling author J.D. Dickey. J.D. has been writing books for 20 years, first as an author for Penguin/Rough Guides, now as a writer of narrative nonfiction about American history, society and culture. His latest book is called The Republic of Violence: The Tormented Rise of Abolition in Andrew Jackson’s America.

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Wednesday
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April Guests on Point of the Spear

We’ve got some great guests coming to Point of the Spear in April. Following up on Alex Kershaw we have another NYT bestselling author. J.D. Dickey stops by to discuss violence in America’s past in his fascinating new book, The Republic of Violence: The Tormented Rise of Abolition in Andrew Jackson’s America. And later in April author and Marine Corp Lt. Colonel David Kelly comes to Point of the Spear to talk about the intense street fighting of the 3rd Battalion 7th Marines in Iraq in 2004 in his new book, Hell in the Streets of Husaybah. Another episode you won’t want to miss. All this and much more - it’s a jam-packed April on Point of the Spear.

Sunday
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Watch the Full Point of the Spear Interview with Author Alex Kershaw

Join me for a conversation with New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw. Alex is a journalist, public speaker and New York Times best-selling author of over ten books, including The Liberator - the basis for the Netflix series - The Longest Winter, The Bedford Boys, Avenue of Spies and The First Wave. His current book, Against All Odds, a saga of four Medal of Honor recipients, and released in May 2022.


Watch the full interview below.




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