Personal narratives, American
Jun 7, 2013 — Brian Castner commanded two Explosive Ordnance Disposal units in Iraq, where his team disabled roadside IEDs and investigated the aftermath of roadside car bombings. He returned home a completely different man, which he details in his memoir, The Long Walk.
Mar 18, 2013 — Julia Alvarez's story of a promise kept, Alice Kaplan's account of three American women in Paris, Bart D. Ehrman's inquiry into the identity of Jesus, and Andrew Nagorski's survey of Americans who witnessed Hitler's ascent arrive in paperback.
Sep 11, 2012 — More than 10 years since a new generation of Americans went into combat, the soldiers themselves are starting to write the story of war. Three recent releases show how their experiences give them the authority to describe the war, fictionalize it, and even satirize it.
Jul 8, 2012 — Brian Castner commanded two Explosive Ordnance Disposal units in Iraq, where his team disabled roadside IEDs and investigated the aftermath of roadside car bombings. He returned home a completely different man, which he details in his memoir, The Long Walk.
Apr 18, 2012 — Daily Beast and Newsweek editor Tina Brown selects two articles about the nature of journalism in the digital age and a book collecting the writing of expatriate Americans, including reporters living in Berlin in the 1930s.
Mar 16, 2012 — In the golden age of flight, pilots reveled in the magic of lonely nights aloft and suffered the perils of stormy skies. Author Gregory Crouch recommends three books that describe these harrowing aero-adventures. Do you remember the first time you flew? Tell us your story in the comments.
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 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.