Books

Readers' Review: Naguib Mahfouz's "Palace Walk"

July 16, 2003

July's Readers' Review selection is the first volume of Nobel Prize winning author Naguib Mahfouz's Cairo Trilogy. A panel talks about this look at Egyptian society at the end of World War I.

Robert MacNeil: "Looking For My Country" (Doubleday) (Rebroadcast)

July 4, 2003

As a journalist, Canadian-born Robert MacNeil covered many of the events that have shaped America's recent history, and co-anchored "The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour" on PBS until 1995. But it was not until two years after his...

Jennifer Carrell: "The Speckled Monster" (Dutton)

June 20, 2003

Jennifer Carrell tells the dramatic true story of a smallpox outbreak in the early 18th century, and of the London society lady and the Boston doctor who tried to protect their cities from the epidemic.

Willard Scott: "The Older the Fiddle, the Better the Tune" (Hyperion)

June 12, 2003

Willard Scott, veteran Washington broadcaster and weatherman for NBC's "Today show", joins Diane to talk about his new book, which shares the joys of the later years of life according to dozens of people who speak from personal...

Isabel Allende: "My Invented Country" (Harper Collins)

June 9, 2003

With memories as a roadmap and nostalgia as a guide, best-selling author Isabel Allende takes us on a tour of a place based on Chile but rooted in her imagination. She explores how the politics, myth, and magic of her homeland have shaped...

George Crile: "Charlie Wilson's War" (Atlantic Monthly Press)

June 5, 2003

Longtime "60 Minutes" producer George Crile tells the story of how Texas Rep. Charlie Wilson facilitated what eventually amounted to more than $1 billion a year in funding for covert operations backing Afghan freedom fighters...

John Eisenhower: "General Ike" (Free Press)

June 4, 2003

Historian John Eisenhower shares his account of his father's life, focusing on Dwight D. Eisenhower's experiences and accomplishments as Allied leader in World War II

Robert Dallek: "An Unfinished Life" (Little, Brown)

May 29, 2003

After completing a two-volume study of Lyndon Johnson, historian Robert Dallek turns his attention to Johnson's predecessor in the White House - John F. Kennedy - with a reassessment of the Kennedy presidency and legacy.

Jonathan Schell: "The Unconquerable World" (Henry Holt)

May 27, 2003

Professor and acclaimed author Jonathan Schell joins Diane to talk about his new book, 12 years in the writing, in which he argues that the 20th century ushered in an era of peaceful methods of enacting change that will eventually make war...

Nuala O'Faolain: "Almost There" (Riverhead)

May 26, 2003

Irish journalist Nuala O'Faolain's anonymous existence ended when her memoir "Are You Somebody?" became an international best-seller. In a new memoir, she explores how that book, a series of relationships, and other events changed...

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