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June 24, 2010
Guest reviewer Don Hanway meditates on "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" by Nicholas D Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, a wide-ranging and well-written examination of women's rights situations all over the world. Then, Charles Stephen looks at "Becoming a Doctor:... more››
June 16, 2010
Charles Stephen checks out "Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris" by Graham Robb, a series of true narratives about Paris from the Revolution to the 21st Century. Stephen also considers "Franklin Pierce" by Michael F. Holt, a short biography of the not-so-well-regarded 14th President.
June 10, 2010
Guest reviewer Bruce Stephen studies "The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009," an anthology of 26 essays edited by Elizabeth Kolbert and Tim Folger.
June 3, 2010
Charles Stephen exposes Evan Thomas' "The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898," a lively account of how Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, and William Randolph Hurst helped agitate the US into the Spanish-American War.
May 27, 2010
Guest reviewer Pat Stephen explores "Three Cups Of Tea - One Man's Mission To Fight Terrorism And Build Nations . . . One School At A Time" by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. Charles Stephen investigates "Second Violin" by John Lawton, a new thriller set in England at the beginning of WWII.
May 20, 2010
Charles Stephen opens "Silk Parachute," a collection of essays by New Yorker writer John McPhee on far-flung topics like geology, lacrosse, cameras and, of course, a silk parachute. Stephen also takes a peek into "Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan, 1942-1945" by Barrett Tillman, a comprehensive... more››
May 20, 2010
Guest reviewer David Williams looks at "Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend" by James S. Hirsh, the first well-researched autobiography of this baseball great. Charles Stephen reviews "The Dogs of Rome," a slow paced crime novel by Conor Fitzgerald.
April 29, 2010
Guest reviewer Pat Leach presents "Columbine" by Dave Cullen, a thoroughly-researched, comprehensive account of the high school massacre, which dispells many popular myths surrounding the incident and examines the complex motives of the perpetrators.
April 22, 2010
Charles Stephen interviews Krista Tippett, the host of Speaking of Faith, about her new book "Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit."
April 15, 2010
Charles Stephen contemplates "The Shameful Peace: How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation" by Frederic Spotts, a look at the lives of collaborators, resisters, and survivors of wartime Germany's cultural domination. Stephen also reflects upon Kevin Young's "The Art of... more››