In this episode, Anthony is joined by Professor Sir David Omand, former director of GCHQ and permanent secretary of the UK’s Home Office to recall the pressure of making crucial decisions including giving the order to “ready the fleet” after warning Margaret Thatcher that Argentina was about to invade the Falkland Islands, and his ringside seat whilst Tony Blair dealt with 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq. They also delve into Sir David’s recent book, ‘How Spies Think: 10 Lessons in Intelligence’ which outlines the methodology used by the British intelligence agencies to reach judgements, establish the right level of confidence and act decisively.
Ali Rogin, award-winning journalist and foreign affairs producer at PBS NewsHour joins Anthony to assess the Biden administration’s foreign policy decisions, revisit the events of January 6 a year later – and discuss her book ‘Beat Breast Cancer Like A Boss: 30 Powerful Stories’ which draws on first-hand interviews of women including Sheryl Crow, Athena Jones, Edie Falco and Heidi Heitkamp to inspire anyone confronting a cancer diagnosis, along with their loved ones.
Finally, Alex Lieberman, co-founder and executive chairman of Morning Brew talks with Anthony about the companies’ journey from a newsletter founded in 2015, to selling a majority stake for a reported $75 million in 2020. They then move on to discuss the psychology of money, imposter syndrome and the long game of creating an audience.