Jan 29, 2013 — In softcover fiction and nonfiction, John Irving explores teen lust; Denise Mina delivers a murder mystery; David Maraniss looks at the young Barack Obama; Robert Kagan defends U.S. sovereignty; and Susan Cain stands up for introverts.
Dec 28, 2012 — Our list of this year's best biographies focuses on books about individuals who lived their lives off the beaten path. From the story of a spy turned chef to the story of the real Count of Monte Cristo, these books chronicle subjects who refused to conform to the expectations of others.
Sep 17, 2012 — Jeffrey Toobin's new book, The Oath, explores how President Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts are at odds over constitutional law. Toobin tells Fresh Air that while Obama likes precedent when it comes to the Supreme Court, Roberts "wants to move the court in a dramatically new direction."
Sep 5, 2012 — Jeffrey Eugenides traces a love triangle, while Sebastian Barry examines a woman's well-lived life. In nonfiction, Jodi Kantor explores the Obamas' marriage, David Margolick revisits Arkansas school integration, and Simon Garfield romps through the history of type.
Aug 30, 2012 — Novelist Bernard Cornwell returns to Saxon England while Libyan writer Hisham Matar delivers a tale of loss and Madeline Miller's debut reimagines The Iliad. In nonfiction, Sally Jacobs examines Obama's father, and Jim Steinmeyer recalls a magician who rivaled Houdini.
Jul 18, 2012 — The editor of the Daily Beast and Newsweek recommends reading material in a Morning Edition monthly feature called "Word of Mouth." This month, Brown recommends two articles and a book relating to the changing nature of war.
Jul 3, 2012 — Author Rajiv Chandrasekaran believes the U.S. has made multiple miscalculations in waging war in Afghanistan. In his new book, Little America, he says America should have learned from a largely forgotten U.S. adventure undertaken there a half-century earlier.
Jul 2, 2012 — In his new book Little America, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran traces the decision-making process by senior American military officials during the 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan and analyzes their struggle to develop successful policies on the ground.
Jun 17, 2012 — In Barack Obama: The Story, journalist David Maraniss chronicles the president's "classic search for home." Maraniss says Obama's young life was defined by his experience of being an outsider — a feeling that stayed with him well into early adulthood.
Jun 15, 2012 — The Amateur, Edward Klein's critique of President Obama, debuts at No. 6.