About Charles Coutinho

Dr. Charles Coutinho is the Managing Director of Coutinho Properties since 2001, a family-owned and operated, multi-family residential and commercial properties company in existence since 1974 in the New York City area, as well as the president of the Sutton Area Community (since 2017), Sutton Place’s leading neighborhood organization. He began his professional career as a lecturer in history at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Coutinho pursued an education at New York University, where he attained a Ph. D. in History. Having worked with McGeorge Bundy, Tony Judt and Stewart Stehlin. He was on the board of the Apartment Owners Advisory Council from 2001 to 2006 and is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. A book reviewer in the field of history, Dr. Coutinho has written for the 'Journal of Intelligence History', Chatham House's 'International Affairs', as well as the online publications 'Reviews in History' and 'Cercles'. An Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he is affiliated with the Metropolitan Opera Club, the Amateur Comedy Club, the National Arts Club, the Royal United Services Institute, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, The Foreign Policy Association and the Lotos Club. He also hosts his own podcasts, on the “New Book Network.” He is married with one son and resides in the Sutton Place section of Manhattan.

Charles Coutinho, PH. D., Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, received his doctorate from New York University. His area of specialization is 19th and 20th-century European, American diplomatic and political history. He has written for Chatham House’s International Affairs, the Institute of Historical Research's Reviews in History and the University of Rouen's online periodical Cercles.

NBN Episodes hosted by Charles:

Jeremy Black, "A World History of Rail: From the Steam Regime to Today" (Amberley Publishing, 2023)

July 6, 2024

A World History of Rail

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

There were 20,000 miles of railways in 1865 and about a million by 2020. Scale has always been a key theme in railway history. In the First World War,…

Jeremy Black, "Defoe's Britain" (St. Augustine's Press, 2023)

July 5, 2024

Defoe's Britain

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

The Weight of Words Series continues with Defoe's Britain (St. Augustine's Press, 2023), as historian Jeremy Black uses this writer to interpret Brita…

Simon Heffer, "Sing As We Go: Britain Between the Wars" (Penguin, 2024)

June 26, 2024

Sing As We Go

Simon Heffer
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Simon Heffer's book Sing As We Go: Britain Between the Wars (Penguin, 2024) is an astonishingly ambitious overview of the political, social and cultur…

Mark Moyar, "Triumph Regained: The Vietnam War, 1965-1968" (Encounter, 2023)

May 22, 2024

Triumph Regained

Mark Moyar
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Triumph Regained: The Vietnam War, 1965-1968 (Encounter, 2023) is the long-awaited sequel to the immensely influential Triumph Forsaken: The Vietnam W…

Jeremy Black, "In Fielding's Wake" (St. Augustine's Press, 2022)

May 21, 2024

In Fielding's Wake

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

In the second volume of The Weight of Words Series, In Fielding's Wake (St. Augustine's Press, 2022), Jeremy Black continues his efforts to present an…

Richard Dannatt and Robert Lyman, "Victory to Defeat: The British Army 1918-40" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

May 10, 2024

Victory to Defeat

Richard Dannatt and Robert Lyman
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

The British Army won a convincing series of victories between 1916 and 1918. But by 1939 the British Army was an entirely different animal. The hard-w…

Lawrence Freedman, "Modern Warfare: Lessons from Ukraine" (Penguin, 2023)

May 8, 2024

Modern Warfare

Lawrence Freedman
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

The foremost authority on modern war in the English-speaking world examines Europe's most important conflict since World War II. More than any other …

Donald Stoker, "Why America Loses Wars: Limited War and US Strategy from the Korean War to the Present" (Cambridge UP, 2019)

May 5, 2024

Why America Loses Wars

Donald Stoker
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

In this provocative challenge to United States policy and strategy, former Professor of Strategy & Policy at the US Naval War College, and author or e…

Jeremy Black, "Paris: A Short History" (Thames & Hudson, 2024)

April 20, 2024

Paris

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Once described as "that metropolis of dress and debauchery" by the Scottish poet David Mallet, Paris has always had a reputation for a peculiar joie d…

D. J. Taylor, "Who Is Big Brother?: A Reader's Guide to George Orwell" (Yale UP, 2024)

April 17, 2024

Who Is Big Brother?

D. J. Taylor
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

An intellectual who hated intellectuals, a socialist who didn't trust the state--our foremost political essayist and author of Animal Farm and Ninetee…

Jeremy Black, "The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History" (Routledge, 2015)

April 14, 2024

The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

In The Atlantic Slave Trade in World History (Routledge, 2024), Jeremy Black presents a compact yet comprehensive survey of slavery and its impact on …

Paul Bew, "Ancestral Voices in Irish Politics: Judging Dillon and Parnell" (Oxford UP, 2023)

March 22, 2024

Ancestral Voices in Irish Politics

Paul Bew
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

The story of Charles Stewart Parnell, one of the greatest Irish leaders of the nineteenth century and also one of the most renowned figures of the 188…

Jeremy Black, "The Age of Nightmare: The Gothic and British Culture, 1750-1900" (St. Augustine's Press, 2022)

March 9, 2024

The Age of Nightmare

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Historian Jeremy Black is comprehensive, as ever, but in his treatment of the British Gothic novel his greatest service is the preservation of the det…

Dariusz Tołczyk, "Blissful Blindness: Soviet Crimes under Western Eyes" (Indiana UP, 2023)

March 8, 2024

Blissful Blindness

Dariusz Tołczyk
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

The most heinous Soviet crimes - the Red Terror, brutal collectivization, the Great Famine, the Gulag, Stalin's Great Terror, mass deportations, and o…

Ridley Scott's "Napoleon": A Historian's Review

January 28, 2024

Ridley Scott's "Napoleon"

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Charles Coutino discusses Ridley Scott's film "Napoleon" with military historian Jeremy Black. Is it accurate? Is it inaccurate? Does it matter? Liste…

Calder Walton, "Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West" (Simon & Schuster, 2024)

January 28, 2024

Spies

Calder Walton
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West (Simon & Schuster, 2024) is the history of the secret war that Russia and the West have been wa…

Laurence Jurdem, "The Rough Rider and the Professor: Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and the Friendship that Changed American History" (Pegasus Books, 2023)

December 24, 2023

The Rough Rider and the Professor

Laurence Jurdem
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Evoking the political intrigue of the Gilded Age, Laurence Jurdem's book The Rough Rider and the Professor: Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and…

Philip Snow, "China and Russia: Four Centuries of Conflict and Concord" (Yale UP, 2023)

December 22, 2023

China and Russia

Philip Snow
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Russia and China, the largest and most populous countries in the world, respectively, have maintained a delicate relationship for four centuries. In a…

Gary Saul Morson, "Wonder Confronts Certainty: Russian Writers on the Timeless Questions and Why Their Answers Matter" (Harvard UP, 2023)

December 17, 2023

Wonder Confronts Certainty

Gary Saul Morson
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Since the age of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov, Russian literature has posed questions about good and evil, moral responsibility, and human freedom…

Jonathan Sumption, "Triumph and Illusion: The Hundred Years War, Vol. 5" (Faber & Faber, 2023)

December 14, 2023

Triumph and Illusion

Jonathan Sumption
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Triumph and Illusion (Faber & Faber, 2023) is the final volume of Jonathan Sumption's epic history of the Hundred Years War. It tells the story of the…

Jeremy Black, "A Brief History of History" (Indiana UP, 2023)

November 25, 2023

A Brief History of History

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

In A Brief History of History (Indiana UP, 2023), acclaimed historian Jeremy Black seeks to reinvigorate and redefine our ideas about history. The sto…

The Idea of "Central Europe" from Naumann to Kundera

November 24, 2023

The Idea of "Central Europe" from Naumann to Kundera

Martyn Rady and Alexander Watson
Hosted by Charles Coutinho

Central Europe has long been infamous as a region beset by war, a place where empires clashed and world wars began. In The Middle Kingdoms: A New Hist…

The Gaza War in Military-Historical Perspective

October 16, 2023

The Gaza War in Military-Historical Perspective

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho
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In this interview military historian Jeremy Black examines ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict in Israel and the Gaza Strip in historical perspective. Blac…

Jeremy Black, "A Brief History of the Pacific: The Great Ocean" (Robinson, 2023)

October 2, 2023

A Brief History of the Pacific

Jeremy Black
Hosted by Charles Coutinho
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Jeremy Black's A Brief History of the Pacific: The Great Ocean (Robinson, 2023) succeeds in examining both the indigenous presence on ocean's islands …