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April 5, 2012
Guest reviewer, Jane Hood, looks at "The White Tiger", a darkly funny novel about a man who rises from poverty to success in the high tech marketplaces of India. Also reviewed, a crime novel, "Dublin Dead" by Gerard O'Donovan
March 29, 2012
"Justice and the Enemy: Nuremburg, 9/11 and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed" by William Shawcross. A provocative but fair-minded look at the difficulty of dealing fairly with captured terrorists.
March 22, 2012
This time it's two books about English, its history, how it has changed over time and its power in the contemporary world. "The Little Book of Languages" by David Crystal and "Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language" by Robert McCrum.
March 15, 2012
"The Crimean War: A History" by Orlando Figes. A highly readable account of the causes and outcomes of a war that few people remember.
March 8, 2012
Professor Emeritus of Theatre at UNL, Tice Miller reviews a book about late Victorian theatre and some of its internationally famous stars, “A Strange Eventful History” by Michael Holroyd. Also reviewed, “The Nights Swimmer” a moody novel set in modern Ireland.
March 1, 2012
A review of the full-length biography of Margaret Fuller, the transcendentalist and feminist, written by Pulitzer Prize winning biographer, John Matteson, entitled, "The Lives of Margaret Fuller".
February 23, 2012
Guest reviewer Stephen Griffith looks at "The Tenth Parallel" by Eliza Griswold, an exploration of the complicated relationship between Islam and Christianity for the peoples who live along the line stretching from North Africa into Asia.
February 16, 2012
"Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Days of the Soviet Union". A detailed examination of the historic events surrounding the last days of the Soviet Empire.
February 9, 2012
"Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life" by Vivian Gornick. A short biography of the outspoken radical who J Edgar Hoover called "the most dangerous woman in America." Also reviewed, "Quite Enough Of Calvin Trillin," a collection of short pieces by the contemporary humorist.
February 2, 2012
"Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman", a biography of the minor German princess who became the empress of Russia written by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Robert Massie. Also reviewed, "The Forgotten Affairs of Youth" a light and fun novel by Alexander McCall Smith.