In 1981, a group of conservatives met and formed a coalition they called the Council for National Policy whose membership was secret. Since then, the Council has exerted enormous influence on American politics and the information wars up to the present day. For this episode, Esty speaks with journalist Anne Nelson about her new book, Shadow Network, which reveals the history and machinations of this powerful coalition.
Anne Nelson is an author and lecturer in the fields of international affairs, media, and human rights. Since 2003, she has been teaching at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She is the author of several widely acclaimed books, including Red Orchestra: The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler (Penguin Random House, 2009) and Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019).