Aug 23, 2013 — A dispute over the title This Town has sparked a mini-controversy worthy of Mark Leibovich's book about ego and excess in Washington, D.C.
Jul 29, 2013 — Journalist Alison Stewart chronicles the history of Dunbar High School in her new book, First Class. She says the Washington, D.C., school — which has graduated Army generals, Cabinet members and musicians — can serve as a model for urban schools today.
Jul 26, 2013 — Debuting at No. 3, Mark Leibovich's This Town examines Washington's power wars.
Jul 14, 2013 — New York Times Magazine reporter Mark Leibovich's new book This Town is a lively look at media, politics and money in Washington. Leibovich tells NPR that most people outside don't understand what a carnival of money and celebrity the city has become.
Jul 10, 2013 — Mark Leibovich, author of a just-published book about the ickiness of Washington, makes a case for why people should care.
Jul 4, 2013 — Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the ballad after witnessing the Battle for Baltimore in 1814. According to author Steve Vogel, after it was published, Key's composition took the country by storm. But it didn't become the national anthem until more than 100 years later.
Jun 18, 2013 — Mary Louise Kelly used to cover national security for NPR, but lately she's turned her attention to fiction. Her new novel, Anonymous Sources, draws on Kelly's own reporting experiences, including things she couldn't say when she was a journalist.
Mar 1, 2013 — James Patterson's latest thriller, about a young mother's murder, debuts at No. 9.
Feb 16, 2013 — When the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago, Leonard Freed was there to document it.
Jan 8, 2013 — In fiction, Charlotte Rogan explores a shipwreck, while Thomas Mallon revisits Watergate. In nonfiction, Laurent Dubois considers Haiti afresh; Lawrence Krauss reinterprets the universe; and Alain de Botton finds value in religion for atheists.