Frances Stonor Saunders
Frances Hélène Jeanne Stonor Saunders (born 14 April 1966) is a British journalist and historian.
A few years after graduating (in 1987) with a first-class Honours degree in English from St Anne's College, University of Oxford, she embarked on a career as a television film-maker. Hidden Hands: A Different History of Modernism, made for Channel 4 in 1995, discussed the connection between various American art critics and Abstract Expressionist painters with the CIA. Who Paid the Piper?: CIA and the Cultural Cold War (1999) (in the USA: The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters), her first book, developed from her work on the documentary, concentrating on the history of the covertly CIA-funded Congress for Cultural Freedom. Stonor Saunders' other works reflect her academic background as a medievalist.
In 2005, after some years as the arts editor and associate editor of the New Statesman, she resigned in protest over the sacking of Peter Wilby, the then-editor. In 2004 and 2005 for Radio 3, she presented Meetings of Minds, two three-part series on the meetings of intellectuals at significant points in history. She is also a regular contributor to Radio 3's Nightwaves and other radio programmes.
Her second book, Hawkwood: Diabolical Englishman (The Devil's Broker in the US), recounts the life and career of John Hawkwood, a condottiere of the 14th century. English-born, Hawkwood (1320–1394) made a notorious career as a participant in the confused and treacherous power politics of the Papacy, France, and Italy.
- Shadow Company, Biography
- Distinguished alumnae
- Frances Stonor Saunders "Modern art was CIA 'weapon'", The Independent on Sunday, 22 October 1995
- thePeerage.com website
- "Meetings of Minds", BBC Radio 3 page for first episode
- "Meetings of Minds", BBC Radio 3 page for first episode of second run
- Lucy Hughes-Hallett "The Woman Who Shot Mussolini by Frances Stonor Saunders", The Guardian, 27 February 2010
- Who Paid the Piper?: CIA and the Cultural Cold War, 1999, Granta, ISBN 1-86207-029-6 (USA: The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters, 2000, The New Press, ISBN 1-56584-596-X)
- Hawkwood: Diabolical Englishman, 2004, Faber, ISBN 0-571-21908-X (in the USA: The Devil's Broker: Seeking Gold, God, and Glory in Fourteenth-Century Italy, 2005, Fourth Estate, ISBN 0-06-077729-X)
- The Woman Who Shot Mussolini, 2010, Faber, ISBN 978-0-571-23977-1