Simon Akam (@simonakam, simonakam.com) held a Gap Year Commission in the British Army before attending Oxford University. He won a Fulbright scholarship to study at Columbia Journalism School and in 2010 won the professional strand of The Guardian’s International Development Journalism Competition. He has worked for The New York Times, Reuters, and Newsweek, and his writing has appeared in publications including the New Statesman, The Economist, GQ, Bloomberg Businessweek, Outside, The Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Paris Review, and The New Republic. He co-hosts the writing podcast Always Take Notes
Simon's first book, The Changing of the Guard, examines the evolution of the British Army since 2001. Composed from assiduous documentary research, field reportage, and hundreds of interviews with many soldiers and officers who served, as well as the politicians who directed them, the allies who accompanied them, and the family members who loved and — on occasion — lost them, it is a strikingly rich, nuanced portrait of one of our pivotal national institutions in a time of great stress.
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