A history of British spies who tried to thwart Soviet power during the early years of the Russian Revolution called, "Russian Roulette". And from Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, an espionage novel- "The Director".
Guest reviewer Pat Stephen looks at a new biography of childhood film star Shirley Temple in "The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression" by John Kasson. Also reviewed, "The Adventures of Henry Thoreau." A view of the writer as a young man.
Choosing a book to read for your own enjoyment is one thing, but the responsibility of choosing a book for young readers to learn and hopefully enjoy, is quite another. Sharon Bishop chose the Great Gatsby for her High School English students.
"Hotel Florida: Truth, Love and Death in the Spanish Civil War" by Amanda Vaill. The stories of 6 people, among them, Ernest Hemingway and photographer Robert Capa, as they live and work amid the chaos and brutality of war.
An interview with John Stevens Berry, co-author of a just published book which takes a new look at the 1958 Starkweather murder case, "The Twelfth Victim: the Innocence of Caril Fugate in the Starkweather Murder Rampage."
Books introduce us to new characters, perspectives and even worlds. And rarely, an extraordinary book can change the way we see our own world. Clay Naff found a book that helped him see people in a new light.
Guest reviewer Curt Donaldson looks at "Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War" by Max Hastings. A British historian tries to answer questions about the First World War's beginnings, military stalemate and legacy.
Guest reviewer Jane Hood looks at a book by the cartoon editor of the New Yorker magazine, "How About Never" by Bob Mankoff. Also reviewed, "The Most Dangerous Man in America: the Making of Douglas MacArthur" by Mark Perry
While books can introduce us to entirely new worlds, sometimes they reveal a story about people and times we thought we knew very well, but did not after all. Kwakiutl Dreher tells of how the memory of the music from our youth can be impacted by a single book.
Guest reviewer David Williams looks at the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, "The Gold Finch" by Donna Tartt. A sprawling Dickensian coming-of-age story, art history caper and social commentary all in one finely crafted work
Giving a book to a child is for many families an act so common most wouldn't think twice about it. But Aja Martin explains how the gift of books to a child can in fact have a profound impact on their lives.