Dan Wakefield joins us to talk about Kurt Vonnegut: Letters. This extraordinary collection of personal correspondence has all the hallmarks of Kurt Vonnegut’s fiction. Written over a sixty-year period, these letters, the vast majority of them never before published, are funny, moving, and full of the same uncanny wisdom that has endeared his work to readers worldwide.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci comes the next blockbuster thriller featuring Army Special Agent John Puller. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. In The Forgotten, Puller is back on the case.
While President James Madison was a brilliant scholar, author of much of the country’s early documents, organizer of the executive branch of government, and astute politician, he was no commander-in-chief.
He relied totally upon appointed commodores and generals to conduct a war for the conquest of Canada on one hand and survival on the other. Often confused by advisors of little military talent, in the end he put his trust and that of the people in the grasp of hacks, sycophants, adventurers, and a few good men.
Emma Straub is, according to Gothamist, "the belle of the Brooklyn indi-lit ball". Her debut story collection Other People We Married, was published in February to rave reviews. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published by Tin House, The Paris Review Daily, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Slate and many other journals.
Hailed as “the best thrill writer of the moment” (New York Times) and “the poster boy for American crime fiction” (Los Angeles Times), with more than 40 million copies of his novels in print worldwide featuring his now iconic creation—ex Army cop and all-around tough guy Jack Reacher—Lee Child is doing pretty good.
On Feb. 17, 1970, physician Jeffrey MacDonald called the police to his Fort Bragg, N.C., home. He told the responding officers that he had been assaulted by a group of "hippie" intruders, who had also bludgeoned and stabbed his wife and two young daughters — ages 2 and 5 — to death. MacDonald suffered a concussion and collapsed lung but survived.
From the early months of the 2008 campaign and through the first two and a half years of the Obama administration, Arun Chaudhary had a unique perspective on the president of the United States. He was the first official White House videographer.
Bob Balaban is an Academy Award-nominated American actor, author and director. One of his earliest appearances was in 1969’s Midnight Cowboy. Other early roles in the 1970s were in Catch-22 and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In 1979 he received a Tony Award nomination for his role in The Inspector General. During the 1980s he appeared in films such as 2010, and directed the Randy Quaid picture, Parents.