Nov 16, 2011 — Comedian Steve Martin tackles the New York art world, while singer Dionne Warwick delivers her life story, music critic Alex Ross charts the evolution of his taste, Jennet Conant explores Julia and Paul Childs' secret World War II spy work, and Michael Korda recounts the life of Lawrence of Arabia.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Badass: The Birth of a Legend : Spine-Crushing Tales of the Most Merciless Gods, Monsters, Heroes, Villains,and Mythical Creatures Ever Envisioned by Ben Thompson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
May 14, 2011 — Author Ben Thompson's new book collects the stories of characters whom you do not want to mess with. It pulls from both history and legend, telling stories from Jesus and Genghis Khan to Captain Kirk and Chuck Norris.
Nov 18, 2010 — T.E. Lawrence, or Lawrence of Arabia, is one of the most well-known figures of World War I. But in Hero, Michael Korda argues he was more than just a colorful character. Korda believes his struggle to create solutions in the Middle East could have made a difference in today's conflicts.
Sep 21, 2010 — For some, travel is a relaxing break, but not for writer Benjamin Percy. For our books series "My Guilty Pleasure," where authors talk about a book they are embarrassed to love, Percy discusses how he spends his vacations — armed with a travel guide, seeking out the spooky, the scary and the supernatural.
Nov 20, 2008 — Reading shouldn't be work; it should be pleasure, even as it teaches us something about ourselves, or about the world of history and time.
May 5, 2008 — Three renowned women writers have books of fiction out this spring, and each one asks the reader to take a leap of imagination. The resulting novels, says reviewer Alan Cheuse, are a thrill and a privilege to read.
Apr 27, 2008 — In Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid, the maiden Lavinia marries a Trojan hero but barely gets to utter a word. Science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin picks up where the classic poet left off in her historical novel Lavinia. Le Guin recreates the life and times of a forgotten heroine.