Book cover of Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History by Alex von Tunzelmanby Alex von Tunzelmann

An Economist Best Book of the Year

In this timely and lively look at the act of toppling monuments, the popular historian and author of Blood and Sand explores the vital question of how a society remembers—and confronts—the past.

In 2020, history came tumbling down. From the US and the UK to Belgium, New Zealand, and Bangladesh, Black Lives Matter protesters defaced, and in some cases, hauled down statues of Confederate icons, slaveholders, and imperialists. 

Interview with the Author

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702 – Alex Von Tunzelman’s Fallen Idols
7/12/21          29 min

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Should they stand or fall? The great statue debate
7/19/21            45 min

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Fallen Idols: 12 Statues That Made History – Alex Von Tunzelmann in conversations with Hugh Linehan
3/15/22            56 min

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