Heads of state
Dec 4, 2013 — NPR staff and critics selected more than 200 standout titles. Now it's up to you: Choose your own adventure! Use our tags to search through books and find the perfect read for yourself or someone else.
Apr 10, 2013 — In the 19th century, Bolivar freed six countries from Spanish rule. Almost 200 years later, the warrior statesman is still a widely celebrated Latin American hero, but his story is also little understood. In a new biography, Marie Arana aims to separate fact from fiction.
Aug 18, 2007 — Richard Koster, author of In the Time of the Tyrants, talks about former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega's impending release from a federal prison in Florida.
Oct 20, 2005 — Mao: The Unknown Story was written by Jung Chang, who described the suffering of her family during the cultural revolution in the bestseller Wild Swans and her husband, the historian Jon Halliday.
May 28, 2005 — Stalin, a biography by Oxford University historian Robert Service, adopts a new view of the Soviet leader. Service says Josef Stalin was not the uneducated and coarse man he was often perceived to be. In fact, Service says, Stalin deliberately fashioned that image for himself.
Nov 19, 2004 — NPR's Tony Cox talks with North Korea expert Bradley K. Martin about his new book on the Stalinist regime of Kim Jong Il and his father, Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty.