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Jan 12, 2011 — Novelist Peter Carey returns with a funny riff on de Tocqueville's America, while David Remnick looks at the rise of President Obama, Rhodes scholar Wes Moore considers the prison life he might have lived, and Simon Johnson and James Kwak argue that America's megabanks should be cut down to size.
Apr 13, 2010 — Another animal fable from Life of Pi author Yann Martel; New Yorker editor David Remnick shows how President Barack Obama's life intersects with the story of race in America; and permissive parents cope with sex, drugs and a rebellious teen in Anne Lamott's Imperfect Birds.
Apr 5, 2010 — David Remnick has a nearly impossible task in his new biography of Barack Obama: writing "the most complete account yet" of the most famous man on the planet. The well-written and well-researched book may be ahead of its time; the events in it are so familiar right now that its scholarship may resonate better in 20 years.
Apr 6, 2010 — The Bridge, David Remnick's new book, is the story of President Obama's journey to the Oval Office. Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, tells Morning Edition how Obama's first run for national office — which he lost — helped shape his political career.
Jan 15, 2009 — White House photographers may take images of the president, but it's the public who interprets them. As the official photographer for the Obama White House, Pete Souza will play a key role in chronicling history as it unfolds — and shaping how posterity remembers it.
Oct 22, 2008 — Not all of the epic stories in American history are well known. Consider the lives of the first black members of Congress. They served during the Reconstruction era, just after the Civil War. Historian Phillip Dray talks with NPR's Tony Cox about his book, Capitol Men.
Aug 19, 2008 — We talk to people who knew him or have worked with the Illinois senator. They tell stories about Obama's personality and his character.
Sep 4, 2007 — Lawrence Otis Graham writes about the unique history of one U.S. senator in his book, The Senator and the Socialite. Graham's book is a true story about Sen. Blanche Bruce, who in 1875 became the first African-American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate, and his wife, Josephine Willson Bruce.
Aug 15, 2007 — Following in the footsteps of John Kennedy and Jimmy Carter, presidential candidates have often released books in the lead-up to their campaigns. Newsweek's Jon Meacham reviews some of the current White House hopefuls' offerings.
May 8, 2007 — Former Sen. Edward Brooke (R-MA) made history in 1966 by becoming the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction. The Massachusetts senator talks to Tony Cox about his new memoir Bridging the Divide: My Life and the role race should play in evaluating a politician.