Ravi Somaiya

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This amazing window display at @Dauntbooks is both extremely flattering and reminds me why I miss the world, and its bookshops. Here's to the return of the physical human world.
In a matter of months every single American was able to master both epidemiology and middle eastern geopolitical history. Proves we’re the smartest country
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There is no better album for editing on a grey day than @GwilymGold's A Paradise. open.spotify.com/album/6tpPdf0V…
In 1961, UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld's plane crashed in highly suspicious circumstances. As @ravisomaiya reveals, he was called ‘the greatest statesman of our century’ by JFK but was found dead, allegedly with an Ace of Spades placed on his body: podfollow.com/the-world-wars…
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Thanks to @Dauntbooks for featuring me in their newsletter. I'm genuinely honoured. (British spelling for obvious reasons.) dauntbooks.co.uk/shop/books/ope…
Thanks, @BuzzFeed, for including The Golden Thread here alongside some of my favourite true crime books. buzzfeed.com/farrahpenn/tru…
I can only agree! An ideal belated gift too. (Thanks @ElizabethHeld.) twitter.com/ElizabethHeld/…
I wrote my book in the Allen Room at the NYPL. I felt a sense of awe every day. And this obit helps explain why. twitter.com/maggieNYT/stat…
I'm thrilled that The Golden Thread/Operation Morthor has been long listed for @The_CWA Gold Dagger. An honor to appear alongside @BenMacintyre1, Kate Summerscale and so many other inspirations. thecwa.co.uk/the-daggers/ca…
An unexpected joy to appear alonside so many wondrous writers. Go read them all! Much better than the internet. twitter.com/gijn/status/13…
I included that quote because it spoke to me too! twitter.com/lydiatomkiw/st…
Ha! I had never heard this song. But Mr. Nestor is on to something. youtube.com/watch?v=wRWCK9… twitter.com/dannyknestor/s…
I am genuinely excited. The two stories that have been talked about most at my place recently are Robert Maxwell and A Very English Scandal. And here is the author of the latter tackling the former. twitter.com/TomKillingbeck…
I feel very lucky to have a publisher in @skdesmond1973 who also writes and, not only that, is good at it. Sophomores is witty and honest and deft and reading it made me completely forget about the pandemic. Go buy it! bookshop.org/books/sophomor…
A very nice PR person asked if I wanted to receive a box of stuff about a serial killer movie, The Little Things, in exchange for tweeting about it. I was too flattered to say no so now I am a social media influencer. Also the box did not contain Gwyneth Paltrow’s head.
I understand that we’re all on edge but I must emphasize that our assessment of the risk of neo-fascist gangs looting the DuPont Circle Ann Taylor store remains low
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Excellent detective work and story written by ⁦@ravisomaiya⁩. Highly recommended. wsj.com/articles/the-g…
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January just got a little brighter with the arrival of this, by @skdesmond1973. Incisive, honest, funny and still somehow kind-hearted. Go buy it and start 2021 right. amazon.com/Sophomores-Sea…
Edward Kosner reviews “The Golden Thread” by Ravi Somaiya wsj.com/articles/the-g… via @WSJ
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Thanks to @WSJ for a kind, perceptive review of The Golden Thread. “Readers of later-stage John le Carré... will recognize the Congo at the dawn of the 1960s.” wsj.com/articles/the-g…
I wish there was a non-glib sounding way to say how lovely it is to be on this list. Thanks, @CrimeReads. twitter.com/CrimeReads/sta…
Many thanks, @RobAttar! Such a gracious host. It's almost worth writing another one so I can come on again. twitter.com/RobAttar/statu…
"A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world" — John Le Carré, 1931-2020
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As a spy, le Carré developed keen journalistic powers of observation that served him well as a novelist, &this volume reminiscences is filled with wonderfully drawn portraits of writers, spies, politicians & reporters, some of whom helped inspire or flesh out le Carré characters. twitter.com/michikokakutan…
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"Le Carré created a laboratory of human nature; a test-track where the innate fractures of the heart and mind could be driven to destruction.” What a gorgeous obituary from @sarahlyall, on one of the great chroniclers of deception. nytimes.com/2020/12/13/boo…
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I'm extremely flattered to see The Golden Thread (amazon.com/Golden-Thread-…) mentioned in the same breath as @Isabelwilkerson, @LarryTye and others. Thanks, @csmonitor! csmonitor.com/Books/2020/120…
“Reading is a wonderful thing and to ever suggest to anyone that what they are reading is silly and not worth it I think is a terrible disservice to the idea of reading. People should read whatever makes them happy.” thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/a…
Thanks to @Warscholar for having me on to talk about The Golden Thread, the bizarre and forgotten Congo Crisis and its uncanny resonances to today: warscholar.org/ravi-somaiya-i…
I tweeted a thing @Tim_Burgess in support of artists who were being told by the British government that they were less valuable than other professionals. He quoted it in @guardian, and I'm touched and astounded that @OllyTheMod has now put it on a T-shirt.
I was in NYC when Obama was elected in 2008. The strength of feeling today is orders of magnitude greater.
Hearing cheers and shouting from outside is the ultimate push alert.
No better way to get ratioed here than to try to talk about how complicated, and messy, and resistant to simple rules, the practice of journalism always has been.
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There are few who write as compellingly about crazed institutions as Reeves. Go buy it! twitter.com/reeveswiedeman…
Also worth pointing out that we remember this great accountant in... a portrait by Jacopo de Barbari. The arts and accounting in one harmonious whole. Seems a good place to tie up the debate. @Tim_Burgess twitter.com/StevenJLindsay…
Of course, in attempting to be pithy, I neglected the wonderful history of Rennaisance accounting. Happy to be so interestingly wrong! twitter.com/StevenJLindsay…
No disrespect to accountants. My dad was one. Just that it seems strange that we see creativite work as somehow less vital than corporate work. twitter.com/LlSTENlNG_PART…
I agree with @TimBurgess, and not just because he kindly quoted me. The arts are not an effete hobby to be set aside when times get tough. This is even more true in America where zealot politics and Harvard Business School greed have murdered creativity: theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
“In 1961 there were a lot of conspiracy theories, cynicism, and people doing what was easy and best for them. There’s a lot of that in the air.” My i’view w/author of #TheGoldenThread” (about the death of Daj Hammarskjöld), @ravisomaiya for @darpanmagazine darpanmagazine.com/magazine/globa…
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Who killed the UN’s second Secretary-General? Nearly 60 years after Dag Hammarskjöld's plane mysteriously crashed while en route to the Congo, investigative journalist @ravisomaiya has unearthed new details about his death. @gzeromedia's #GZEROWorld: gzeromedia.com/an-interview-w…
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A really interesting examination of the UN at this bizarre moment. (And not just because it features me.) twitter.com/PoliticoRyan/s…
So pleased to be on this list alongside some stellar books! Thanks, @BookRiot. twitter.com/BookRiot/statu…
The @UN General Debate begins tomorrow! Learn more about the #ColdWar mystery surrounding the 2nd UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld featured in @PBS's @gzero. Watch @ravisomaiya's interview here: to.pbs.org/3iPX2LD Order THE GOLDEN THREAD: bit.ly/2FrdO5i
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Thanks to @ianbremmer, @AlexEdGibson and everyone at G Zero World for taking the time to dig into my book, and the enduring mystery of the death of Dag Hammarskjöld. (At 18 minutes, after the interview with Antonio Guterres.) pbs.org/video/why-we-s…
What happened 59th years ago over Ndola is still a mystery. But after reading @ravisomaiya’s exquisite book, I reconciled that the best way to honor & remember lives lost is by working for peace and progress. “For all that shall be - Yes.” - DH #PeaceDay #UN75 #UNGA twitter.com/MartinGal/stat…
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I now just understand, and take as read, that things in America never work -- that any task will be a thicket of phone trees that go nowhere, unavailable people, broken promises and unexpected bills, and that this is perfectly normal and must be endured.
Last Friday, @ravisomaiya, author of THE GOLDEN THREAD, discussed the mysterious 1961 death of UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold for the @HistoryExtra Podcast. Via @BBC Magazine. Hear the podcast here: bit.ly/2ZzxBX8 Buy the book here: bit.ly/2FrdO5i
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The wondrous @harbotastic and Mondag have a new single out (with a cover by @CVVillard) open.spotify.com/album/5BOxkAZZ… and this fucking excellent playlist too. Harold Budd! John Carpenter! open.spotify.com/playlist/2eNxt…
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