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January 7, 2008
Charles Stephen reviews "Legacy of Ashes" by Tim Weiner, a hard and unflinching account of the history of the CIA. Then, Otis Young analyzes "Books on Fire" by Lucien X. Polastron, a chronicle of the destruction of libraries and books throughout history.
December 20, 2007
Otis Young examines David Michaelis's "Schulz and Peanuts," a biography of the artist behind the beloved comic strip. Charles Stephen takes a look at "In Praise of Flattery" by Willis Goth Regier, an enthusiastic exploration of the positives and negatives involved in the "finest of the arts."
December 20, 2007
Charles Stephen interviews Jim McKee about his new book "Visions of Lincoln," which showcases the Star City's history, present, and future through essays and photographs.
December 13, 2007
Charles Stephen explores "The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy," a second installment of Rick Atkinson's "Liberation Trilogy," which chronicles US involvement in the battles of WWII. Otis Young reviews "The Slave Ship" by Marcus Rediker, a gripping and well-researched account of all the... more››
December 6, 2007
This week, Otis Young and Charles Stephen discuss "Pontoon" by Garrison Keillor, a riotously hillarious new novel set in Lake Wobegone, Minnesota.
November 29, 2007
Charles Stephen analyzes "Classics for Pleasure," in which author Michael Dirda gives a whilwind tour of approximately 90 authors and their classic works. Otis Young explores Wilfrid Sheed's "The House That George Built," a catalog of the great composers of US popular music from the 1920s to the... more››
November 22, 2007
Otis Young reviews "The Dream Manager" by Matthew Kelly, a manager's guide to helping employees meet their needs and dreams. Charles Stephen then discusses "Living Blue in the Red States," a collection of thoughtful, non-polemical essays on living in communities which do not share one's political... more››
November 15, 2007
Charles Stephen examines "The Ghost" by Robert Harris, a political thriller about the ghostwriter chosen to write the memoir of a recent British Primer Minister. Otis Young takes a look at "To Love and Die in Dallas" by Mary Elizabeth Goldman, a "twisty mystery" set in 1960s Dallas.
November 8, 2007
Otis Young analyzes "The House the Rockefellers Built," a book about the Kykuit mansion and five generations of the Rockefellers, by Robert F Dalzell and Lee Baldwin Dalzell. Charles Stephen then explores Laurie R King's "The Beekeeper's Apprentice," an excellent revival of the Sherlock Holmes... more››
November 1, 2007
Charles Stephen reviews "Indian Summer" by Alex Von Tunzelmann, a recounting of the end of British rule over India and Pakistan. Otis Young discusses "The Quickie," a thriller about marital infidelity and its unintended consequences, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge.