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October 2, 2008
Charles Stephen discusses four books: "Forts Of The Northern Plains: Guide to Historic Military Posts of the Plains Indians Wars" by Jeff Barnes, "Rebel Giants: The Revolutionary Lives of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin" by David R Contosta, "Normandy: The Landings to the Liberation of Paris" by... more››
September 25, 2008
Otis Young meditates on "A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano" by Katie Hafner, which tells the story of legendary concert pianist Gould and the one Steinway piano that met his unusual specifications. Charles Stephen brings home "Clearing the Bases: The... more››
September 18, 2008
Charles Stephen sheds light on "The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War" by David Halberstam, a powerful history of the Korean War, its main players, and those who lived and died in its battles. Otis Young dishes up "Credit and Blame," an examination of how society and individuals deal with... more››
September 11, 2008
Otis Young pours over "Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies" by Ginger Strand, which reveals some surprising secrets behind one of America's most popular tourist and honeymoon destinations. Charles Stephen considers "Books: A Memoir" by Larry McMurtry, the author's tale of his life immersed... more››
August 27, 2008
Otis Young peruses James P Carse's "The Religious Case Against Belief," an essential piece on how belief (and not religion) can limit one's understanding of the world. Charles Stephen conjurs up "White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters" by Robert Schlesinger, which sheds light on... more››
August 21, 2008
Charles Stephen paints "The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century" by Edward Dolnick, the tale of a a Dutch art forger who fooled experts not through skill but via psychological manipulation. Otis Young tackles "Dear American Airlines," a... more››
August 14, 2008
Otis Young reviews two books: "One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation" by George Will, a collection of essays from the nationally syndicated columnist that cover a variety of topics, historical as well as contemporary; and "The Flowers" by Dagoberto Gilb, a new... more››
August 7, 2008
Otis Young considers "Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct," in which author Michael McCullough spells out some of the psychological history behind how humans treat other people. Young also distills "The Rain Before It Falls" by Jonathan Coe, a novel about the relationship... more››
July 31, 2008
Charles Stephen considers "A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World," an account by author Tony Horwitz of travels while researching some of the myths of American history; Stephen then discusses "Dearest Marguerite: Letters from a Soldier To the Wife He Left Behind" by Lincolnite... more››
July 24, 2008
Otis Young opens "Bastard Tongues" by Derek Bickerton, a memoir of creole languages and how they develop and what that says about human language capacity. Charles Stephen then reviews "The Bishop's Daughter: A Memoir," an exploration of the life of an Episcopal bishop by his daughter Honor Moore.