Nonfiction Titles That Prove “Truth is stranger than fiction.” Show Aug 1 and 2

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED

“The Billion Dollar Spy” by David E. Hoffman
“Once Upon A Time in Russia” by Ben Mezrich
“The Spy’s Son” by Bryan Denson
“Arms and the Dudes” by Guy Lawson
“God’s Bankers” by Gerald Posner
“Two Hours” by Ed Caesar
“The Coloring Book” by Colin Quinn

INTERVIEW
Ben Mezrich, Author

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A preview of new nonfiction titles that prove “Truth is stranger than fiction.” Ben Mezrich returns to the program to introduce Elaine to his latest book about Vladimir Putin and the Russian oligarchs, “Once Upon a Time in Russia.”

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We’re Up For An International Crime Spree ~ Show March 14 and 15

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED

“On A Fine Summer’s Day” by Charles Todd
“Burned” by Valerie Plame
“Why Kings Confess” by C S Harris
“Runaway” by Peter May
“A Conspiracy of Faith” by Jussi Adler-Olsen
“The Forgotten Girls” by Sara Blaedel
“The Final Silence” by Stuart Neville

INTERVIEW
Valerie Plame, Author

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It’s the Ides of March… and with a nefarious nod toward Caesar, we’ve got murder on our minds. We’re up for an international crime spree, highlighted by my guest today, Valerie Plame, a former CIA operative.

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Presidents and Politics ~ Show Feb 21 and 22

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED

“The Return of George Washington, 1783 – 1789” by Edward Larson
“Founders’ Son” by Richard Brookhiser
“Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson” by S C Gwynne
“The Burglary” by Betty Medsger
“Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace” by Leon Panetta
“13 Hours” by Mitchell Zuckoff
“Believer: My Forty Years in Politics” by David Axelrod

INTERVIEW
Nathan Dorn, curator of the Law Library at the Library of Congress

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New titles with fresh perspectives on the founding fathers, memoirs from politicians on the scene as history was being written, and discoveries of dirty dealing politicos. Elaine speaks with Nathan Dorn, curator of the Law Library at the Library of Congress.

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Social Injustice ~ Show July 19 and 20

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED
“The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap” by Matt Taibbi
“Capital in the Twenty First Century” by Thomas Piketty
“Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty” by Daniel Schulman
“Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality” by David Boies and Theodore Olson
“The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book” by Peter Finn and Petra Couvee
“The Bill of the Century: The Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act” by Clay Risen
“Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys and the Dawn of a New America” by Gilbert King
INTERVIEW
David Boies and Theodore Olson, Authors of “Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality”
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Though we are a nation dedicated to “the proposition that all men are created equal,” history has shown otherwise. Elaine previews new titles on social injustice, and interviews David Boies and Ted Olson, the lawyers behind the overturning of California’s Proposition 8.

DR. ZHIVAGO

 

Declassified documents show the CIA used copies of Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak’s epic novel as a tool to try to provoke dissent in the Soviet Union. The book was banned in the USSR.

The CIA recognized the novel’s “great propaganda value,” according to a 1958 memo, and had the novel printed and disseminated. The agency called the book “a passive but piercing exposition of the effect of the Soviet system on the life of a sensitive intelligent citizen.” The memo notes the book is valuable “not only for its intrinsic message and thought-provoking nature, but to make Soviet citizens wonder what is wrong with their government, when a fine literary work by the man acknowledged to be the greatest living Russian writer is not even available in his own country in his own language for his own people to read.”

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