Dec 12, 2012 — In a new book, biographer David Nasaw profiles the father of Robert, John and Teddy, and unpacks the elder Kennedy's influence on his children. "He told them over and over again, 'I'm making all this money so you don't have to make money, so that you can go into public service,' " Nasaw says.
Nov 30, 2012 — David Nasaw's The Patriarch offers insight into the life of Joseph P. Kennedy. It debuts at No. 12.
Dec 7, 2011 — In the late 1970s, historian John Lewis Gaddis decided to write a biography of George F. Kennan, the author of the Cold War policy of containment. But the two men agreed it would not be published until after Kennan's death. Neither expected Kennan to live to 101, but now that he's gone, Gaddis has published George F. Kennan: An American Life.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Shalimar The Clown by Salman Rushdie. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Sep 29, 2009 — In her new book, Read My Pins, the former secretary of state reveals how she used jewelry as a diplomatic tool during her years with the Clinton administration.
Oct 24, 2006 — When Edward Perkins went to South Africa as the first black U.S. ambassador to the then apartheid nation, he recalls its leader angrily telling him to stay out of the country's affairs. Perkins refused to heed the warning and visited black townships.
Apr 26, 2006 — Robert Siegel talks with Christopher Meyer about his autobiography, DC Confidential: The Controversial Memoirs of Britain's Ambassador to the U.S. at the Time of 9-11 and the Iraq War.
Oct 24, 2005 — Author Salman Rushdie has a new book out. Shalimar the Clown is set in Kashmir, the volatile region bordering India and Pakistan that was recently devastated by an earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people.