Oct 10, 2013 — Chicago Congressman Luis Gutierrez's life has been marked by arrests, no-holds-barred Chicago-style political fighting, and even the occasional Molotov cocktail thrown through his window. He speaks with host Michel Martin about his life and new memoir Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill.
Aug 31, 2013 — John Lewis is a congressman from Georgia, a pillar of the civil rights movement and an author. Add to that resume something slightly less expected — comic book writer. Lewis is getting ready to release March, the new graphic novel of his life.
Apr 12, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Fawzia Koofi reflects on her hard-won empowerment in Afghanistan, Gustavo Arellano surveys America's obsession with Mexican cuisine and Craig Havighurst documents the rich history of Nashville country radio.
Feb 26, 2013 — The American hero really was from Tennessee and he really was a skilled frontiersman, but he may not have actually worn that coonskin hat. A new book by Bob Thompson tries to separate the man from the myth.
Feb 22, 2012 — Fawzia Koofi almost died on the day she was born, but survived against all odds and became the first female deputy speaker of Afghanistan's parliament. Koofi plans to run for president in two years, and in a new memoir, describes her hopes for the country's future.
Nov 25, 2011 — After a meteoric rise, GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is now polling in the single digits. But she's still plowing ahead with her campaign, and this week she came out with a memoir. The Minnesota congresswoman talks with co-host Steve Inskeep about Core of Conviction and aiming to win the nomination.
Sep 9, 2011 — Former Vice President Dick Cheney reflects on his tenure in In My Time, which debuts at No. 1.
Aug 26, 2011 — Call it spin, score settling or setting the record straight: Former Vice President Dick Cheney's new memoir of his extraordinary political career is out next week. Robert Siegel talks with Charlie Savage of the New York Times. Savage got an early copy of the book, entitled In My Time.
May 29, 2011 — Thomas Reed was the House speaker more than a hundred years ago. While he's forgotten today, his parliamentary rule changes live on in the immense size and scope of our government.
May 18, 2011 — Jeannette Rankin, the first female member of Congress, was elected to Congress even before all women in the country had the right to vote. She only served two terms — which were decades apart. But it was during those short spans that she was able to take a historic stand.