Aug 5, 2013 — Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
Jun 21, 2013 — At No. 11, Ben MacIntyre's Double Cross tells of the D-Day spies who deceived Nazi intelligence.
May 13, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Tom Reiss explores the inspiration for The Count of Monte Cristo, Ben MacIntyre depicts a World War II effort to fool the Nazis, and Justin Lee recounts his struggle for acceptance as a gay Christian. In fiction, Dennis Lehane imagines a Prohibition-era mobster.
Aug 10, 2012 — Double Cross remembers the spies who facilitated the D-Day invasion. It debuts at No. 3.
Jul 28, 2012 — In his new book Double Cross, Ben MacIntyre recounts the story of the huge deception staged by the Allies before D-Day to hide the invasion target from the Germans. MacIntyre speaks to NPR's Scott Simon about the plan and the eccentric characters who carried it out.
Jul 7, 2012 — Juan Pujol Garcia lived a lie that helped win World War II. Nicknamed for the enigmatic actress Greta Garbo, Garcia's own performance was so convincing he fooled Hitler himself.
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.
Aug 30, 2011 — Young novelist Tom Rob Smith captures the oppressive atmosphere of the former Soviet Union even though he was just a child when the Communist nation broke apart.
Aug 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Aug 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.