Dec 20, 2010 — Even in boom times, family conversations about politics, money and race tend to be explosive, and arguments get even more heated when times are tough. Consuming this year's feast of great nonfiction books will deepen your knowledge of our struggling world — and maybe guarantee victory at the dinner table.
Oct 27, 2010 — In fiction, Pete Dexter repays his real-life debt to his stepfather and Tracy Chevalier explores the life of an uneducated woman who became a pioneering 19th century fossil hunter. In nonfiction, there's dish on Google and the 2008 campaign, and Zadie Smith's essays show faith in inconsistency.
Jan 29, 2010 — The 2008 presidential election was the longest and most expensive in U.S. history. The campaign is now the subject of a book, Game Change, by two political reporters, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. The book has been making headlines with some of its revelations, but critic John Powers wonders whether that's a good thing.
Jan 23, 2010 — Mark Halperin's new book Game Change — which he co-authored with John Heilemann — details all the backbiting, sex, lying and anger that was the 2008 presidential campaign. We'll see how the senior political analyst for Time magazine holds up against the NPR News Quiz.
Jan 14, 2010 — Washington press and political insiders are combing through the just released book Game Change for explosive anecdotes about the politically powerful. But some observers are questioning the use of unattributed and uncorroborated stories throughout Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's new book.
Mar 5, 2009 — To the growing genre of docucomics, add 08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail. Its brisk narrative and stark visual style make this a compelling time capsule of the longest presidential contest in U.S. history.
Jan 8, 2009 — NBC's newly appointed chief White House correspondent talks with Dave Davies about his new book, How Barack Obama Won: A State-by-State Guide to the Historic 2008 Presidential Election.
Aug 21, 2008 — McCain is a decorated war veteran who survived years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He's been a United States senator for 22 years. We know the facts of the Republican presidential candidate's life, but who is John McCain? We look beyond the policy and punditry to the experiences that shaped the man.
Feb 17, 2008 — Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee comes from a decorated Navy family. Liane Hansen speaks to McCain biographer Robert Timberg about the McCain family's military legacy. Timberg's biography is called, John McCain: An American Odyssey. Timberg himself graduated from the Naval Academy in 1964 and served as a Marine in Vietnam. We caught up with him on the grounds of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, on a bench overlooking the Naval Academy Cemetery.