Nov 14, 2012 — What are the best of the books? NPR Books looks at this year's National Book Award nominees for fiction and nonfiction. These 10 books — which tell the stories of a young drug smuggler, lovable philanderers, holograms in the Saudi desert and more — inspired, informed and entertained readers.
Nov 8, 2012 — Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum describes the tactics the Soviets used after World War II to take over and transform much of Eastern Europe. Her book Iron Curtain was recently nominated for the National Book Award.
Dec 29, 2009 — Author Aravind Adiga was not interested in stuffy classics or long, drawn-out historical accounts. But Edmund Wilson's history of socialism, To the Finland Station, proved to be anything but dull — it's electrifying.
Dec 22, 2007 — In The Whisperers, Orlando Figes documents stories from victims of Stalin's Russia. During Stalin's dictatorship, many Russians reported on friends, neighbors and even family. Scarred by guilt and shame, many are now telling their stories.