books and authors

  • book
    March 11, 2014  

    Author Chang-rae Lee had set out to write a contemporary novel about the lives of Chinese workers. Instead, for his new book “On Such a Full Sea,” he created a dystopian America of the future, divided into labor settlements, where a teenage girl named Fan searches for love. Jeffrey Brown talks to Lee about how he came to write his main character and his experience working on Wall Street for a year. Continue reading

  • cancer-book
    March 6, 2014  

    “B” is for breast. “I” is for indignity. “K” is for kindness. In “A Breast Cancer Alphabet,” NPR’s Madhulika Sikka has written a candid guide for patients, friends and caregivers to prepare and cope with that disease. She joins Judy Woodruff to share lessons from drawn from her own experience. Continue reading

    March 6, 2014  

    The monthly jobs report is big news on the first Friday of every month, swaying the financial markets and prompting immediate analysis. But should these numbers matter so much? A new book, “The Leading Indicators,” argues we overvalue data like the GDP and inflation. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to author and analyst Zachary Karabell. Continue reading

  • 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 - Previews
    February 21, 2014  

    To outsiders, Russia carries a near mythic reputation. Gregory Feifer, whose mother grew up during communism and lived there himself as a news correspondent, teases out an understanding of Russian character through observations of daily life in his new book, “Russians: The People Behind the Power.” Feifer joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss how Russian behavior is reflected in the Sochi Olympics. Continue reading

  • Paul Solman Robot workers Connect 4
    February 13, 2014  

    Robotic technology is increasingly infiltrating our everyday world, and as robots become more capable of human labor, people will likely have to develop new skills for new jobs. Economics correspondent Paul Solman talks to Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee, who argue in their new book, “The Second Machine Age,” that we are facing a radical new industrial revolution. Continue reading

  • limitsofpartnership
    February 10, 2014  

    While Olympic competition on the slopes of Sochi has been sportsmanlike, the geopolitical competition between Russia and the U.S. over the past few decades has been frequently contentious.
    Margaret Warner interviews Angela Stent, the author of “The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century.” Continue reading

  • parthenon
    February 6, 2014  

    An icon of ancient democracy, the story and significance of Athens’ Parthenon has been reinterpreted by numerous cultures. Joan Breton Connelly, author of “The Parthenon Enigma,” joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the landmark’s meaning and whether the Parthenon sculptures (also known as the Elgin Marbles) should be returned to Greece. Continue reading

  • roddydoyle
    February 5, 2014  

    Writer Roddy Doyle says he never kills off his characters, which means he can revisit them decades later. But in his latest book, one of his famous protagonists must face his own mortality, on top of middle age and a changing music industry. Doyle talks to Jeffrey Brown about “The Guts,” and band manager Jimmy Rabbitte, first featured in “The Commitments” in 1987. Continue reading

  • Outgoing US Defense Secretary Robert Gat
    January 14, 2014  

    In his new book, “Duty,” Robert Gates tackles his time as defense secretary and as witness to how different presidents wrestled with questions of war and peace. Gates sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss the difficulties of doing business in Washington, the legacy of the Iraq war and nuclear negotiations with Iran. Continue reading

  • August 10, 2012  

    When Rachel Swarns began research on First Lady Michelle Obama’s American lineage, she discovered remarkable family sagas, including the story of Mrs. Obama’s white great-great-great-grandfather. Gwen Ifill talks to New York Times’ Rachel Swarns about her new book on the genealogy of Michelle Obama, “American Tapestry.” Continue reading

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