Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Apr 21, 2012 — The last piece of published writing from one of America's greatest writers was a series of letters he sent back from the front lines of war at the age of 64. John Steinbeck's dispatches shocked readers and family so much that they've never been reprinted — until now.
Sep 8, 2011 — Over the past few weeks, Talk of the Nation has been asking for the books you think should be required reading for all college freshmen. Here are 10 of your suggestions.
Aug 30, 2011 — As a Marine in the Vietnam War, Karl Marlantes learned to fire an M16, to command a platoon, to fight and to kill. In What It Is Like to Go to War, he comes to terms with the experience of combat: the guilt, the thrill and the challenge of coming home.
Jul 25, 2011 — NPR coverage of Dispatches by Michael Herr. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 20, 2011 — Novelist and TV producer Kathy Reichs returns with her latest crime adventure, journalist Judy Pasternak uncovers environmental injustice on the Navajo reservation, biographer Justin Spring explores the life of a sexual renegade, and marketing expert Paco Underhill explains the "science of female shopping."
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Ha-Ha by Dave King. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 1, 2011 — For journalists covering war, the story is what is happening on the ground. There often isn't time to reflect on the bigger picture. Author John Baxter reflects on one book that does look back on a war: reporter Michael Herr's Dispatches, a memoir of Herr's time in Vietnam.
May 26, 2011 — Johanna Skibsrud's award-winning debut novel about an alcoholic father's relationship with his adult daughters was written for a master's thesis at Concordia University. Book critic Maureen Corrigan says the language of the story settles deep into a reader's consciousness.
Aug 25, 2010 — Kathy Reich's Spider Bones, the 13th installment in a series of forensic thrillers, explores the sometimes tangled webs of the criminal justice system. Reichs explains that forensic anthropology is a valuable tool for cracking cold cases, but that solving crimes is rarely as easy as it seems on screen.