Shanthi Kalathil: "Open Networks, Closed Regimes" (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace)

March 5, 2003

While many hope that the Internet will be a crucial tool in opening up closed societies, it is becoming clear that it is not the cure-all some have imagined. The authors examine the impact the Internet has had on authoritarian regimes...

Erik Larson: "The Devil in the White City" (Crown)

March 3, 2003

The 1893 World's Fair in Chicago introduced the world to Shredded Wheat, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer and the Ferris Wheel. At the same time, the Windy City was also home to the nation's first urban serial killer. Erik Larson's new book tells...

Wally Lamb: "Couldn't Keep It to Myself" (Regan Books)

February 27, 2003

For the past several years, best-selling novelist Wally Lamb has taught writing to a group of women who are prisoners at the York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. Lamb talks with Diane about a new collection of some of these...

Frank Schaeffer: "Keeping Faith" (Carroll & Graf)

February 26, 2003

A few years ago, Frank Schaeffer's son John enlisted in the Marines rather than applying to college along with his prep school classmates. Schaeffer wrote a memoir with John exploring how that decision transformed their family. He talks...

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

February 25, 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...

Dana Priest: "The Mission" (Norton)

February 24, 2003

Washington Post reporter Dana Priest looks at how the role of the military has evolved from fighting wars to keeping the peace. For her new book, she visited 20 countries to witness the U.S. military acting as both nation-builder and...

Louise Erdrich: "The Master Butchers Singing Club" (Harper Collins)

February 21, 2003

Novelist Louise Erdrich presents her new book based in part on memories of her grandfather, a German immigrant.

Lisa Jardine: "On a Grander Scale" (Harper Collins)

February 20, 2003

Renaissance historian Lisa Jardine discusses her new book about 17th-century architect Sir Christopher Wren and his transformation of London.

Readers' Review: James Baldwin's "Go Tell It on the Mountain"

February 19, 2003

James Baldwin's semiautobiographical first novel was published in 1953 to high acclaim. Diane and a panel talk about this American classic, which uses as a frame the spiritual and moral awakening of 14-year-old John Grimes during a...

Devra Davis: "When Smoke Ran Like Water" (Basic Books)

February 10, 2003

In her new book world-renowned epidemiologist and activist Devra Davis examines the harmful effect pollution has on our environment and our lives, and looks at why this harm is underreported.

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