Jul 22, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Laurent Binet plots an escape from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and Hanna Pylvainen explores the fundamentalist religion of her youth. In nonfiction, Seth Rosenfeld explains the FBI's involvement with the 1964 University of California, Berkeley, student protest movement.
Jun 23, 2012 — These five books will give you literary jet lag — a yearning to linger in the world of the author's imagination, and a reluctance to return to your own. The research is so deep it becomes invisible, and these writers are trusted guides, gently nudging and leading you through each tale.
Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of Spies of the Balkans by Alan Furst. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jun 16, 2011 — Jane Smiley, Carl Hiaasen, James Lee Burke and Alan Furst all return with novels in which the characters gradually awaken to the toxicity of their choices, while in nonfiction, Sonia Shah looks at how malaria has ruled humankind for 500,000 years.
Aug 9, 2010 — Author Jake Halpern is all about mood. When he's looking to deluge his senses, he turns to Night Soldiers. Whether ambling down Parisian streets on the eve of war or taking a crisp train ride through the Pyrenees, Alan Furst's prose takes him instantly there.
Jun 15, 2010 — Alan Furst's latest World War II thriller is packed with convincing details and heart-pounding plot. Furst draws readers into the world of a Macedonian police detective seized by a conviction to undermine the coming Nazi rule by helping one Jewish fugitive at a time.
Jul 22, 2008 — Lt. Col. John Nagl wrote the textbook on counterinsurgency — literally. Nagl was part of the team that drafted a U.S. Army field manual on counterinsurgency. Having completed his tour in Iraq, Nagl talks about how military theory was put into practice in the region.
Feb 21, 2008 — Last year, 13 percent of junior officers with four to nine years experience left the armed services, a jump from eight percent in 2003. Marine Corps Times reporter Andrew Tilghman joins Talk of the Nation to discuss what this loss of experienced soldiers could mean for the military.
Jan 11, 2006 — In October 2003, Mark Etherington became governor of the Shiite-majority Wasit Province in Iraq. Six months later, Etherington, isolated from the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, was forced to flee his headquarters in al-Kut, the province's capital. His new book is Revolt on the Tigris.
Jun 13, 2005 — Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's For Freedom: The Story of a French Spy is based on the true story of Suzanne David, a Cherbourg teenager who joined the Resistance after the Nazis invaded France. Read an excerpt from this recommendation for young readers.