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Jay’s guest today is David Pryce-Jones, the British journalist, historian, and novelist. He has just written his memoirs, “Fault Lines” – a book that is about the extraordinary family from which he sprang, as well as about himself.
With Jay, he traverses any number of subjects: the war, and his flight through France down into Morocco with his nanny; his encounter with the Arab world; his studies at Eton and Oxford.
Do you know that he played tennis with Garbo? And that Garbo was topless at the time? (“Beat that,” as Bill Buckley would say.)
Pryce-Jones talks about many others he has known or brushed up against: Huxley, Shostakovich, C. S. Lewis, Dudley Moore, Evelyn Waugh, Elie Kedourie, V. S. Naipaul.
The discussion ends with some of the big questions of right now: including Putin, the Middle East, and global power. Will America relinquish it? And if so, what then?
There may be people as interesting and engrossing as David Pryce-Jones – but they are very few and far between.
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