tv In Depth 20th Anniversary Commemoration CSPAN November 27, 2020 8:00pm-11:00pm EST
past programs anytime a booktv.org. this year marks the 20th anniversary book tv author program in depth. for the next three hours you'll see many of the authors who have appeared on the program. we are also joined by author cornell west andte heads of simon & schuster andis rectory publishing. >> remember something still something brings tears to my eyes. i hope it won't do it now. on the seventh of december, actually the eighth ofem decembe december 1941, i went to what you would call a problem, a dance. it was the equivalent of a freshman at the university. i came homers at 2:00 o'clock at night the light was on.
in my mother's bedroom. then on. >> americas and the war. >> and why did you so much? >> because we knew they were going to lose it. >> what did that mean for you in hungary? >> i did not cry then. >> cold are you? >> i was 18. >> with that interview the late author john lucas in depth that was born 20 years ago. since 2000, over 230 of the leading nonfiction and fiction authors of our time of appeared on in depth. milton freedman, alice walker, colton whitehead bob woodward, neil degrasse, tyson george wells, just to name a few. so over the next three hours our goal is to review the last 20 years of in-depth.
but also to ask you a couple of questions, here they are. who is your favorite in-depth gas? what book are you reading now? and who is your favorite nonfiction author? and that is what will be talking about. here's how you can dial in on the 20th anniversary of in-depth. 2020 code 748-8200. for those of you in the eastern central time zone, (202)748-8201 if you live the mountain pacific time zone. and you can text in what your thoughts are as well. (202)748-8903. i can text number only (202)748-8903. please include a first name in your city if you would. also, unsocial needy booktv the facebook, twitter an instagram you can also make a
comment on those platforms. so we will begin taking those calls in just a minute. now, john lucas was the first gas that was february 6 of 2000. that same year, and 2000, richard rhodes, william f buckley junior, joe didion, milton freedman, corbett all, steven ambrose and arthur's lessons are junior all appeared. corporate always one of the guests, here's a portion. >> the heart of an aristocracy are theea school. and is very interesting she is example of your daughter. he is example of went and over neil. i would have gone to harvard if i hadar not chosen the army instead. schools are what control the opinion of the children of the rich and or powerful.
i had a stepbrother who's going to inherit a lot of money. groton st. mark's, the schools. and it's for those who will be rich to make them into not only gentlemanly scholars, but instill certain values. a tone opinion is in the ruling class. they know if you're sent to groton in the way you are going to get in political trading. but their view of the world. i belong to the ruling class as a stepbrother. but i'm not going to inherit any money. so i'm sent to where is the bright boys of the ruling class who will eventually work for the rich boys. and it will become judges, senators, editors of the "new york times", many fields are
open to us, bankers. but we are the sort of apparatchiks and not properly speaking except by birth a member of the ultimate class. that's how it's done and that's how they continue it. there's always been a move in england where, as you point out, they know about the upper classes and we are not told we are the most intelligent upper-class i've ever seen or at least overall they are. nobody knows they are there. they own the newspapers, the newspapers are not going to give the game away who really owns what. who really w controls what, controls opinion. and to be there and never be named, people have done marvelous work, but nothing really gets through to theou people at large. and so, they go on and on. occasionally a maverick
appears among them, i was one. and there are others. but by and large is a closed corporation. stomach incorporate all passed away in 2012. his books include the united states, and lincoln for the next three hours or take your calls on these topics. what are you reading? who is your favorite in-depth guest? and who is your favorite nonfiction author question at 202 is area code 748-8200 for those in the eastern central time does (202)748-8201. given the mountain pacific time zones you can text in your answers as well. include your first name and city. (202)748-8903. well, it was in 2001 that fiction author toni morrison appeared. and she is a prize winner, author of beloved. here's a little bit from tony morris. >> how do d you get inside the
psyches of these people? >> it is difficult. i use what i think are methods for the actors and actresses us use. you have a vague character you want to be in that person's head if you are on stage to wear the clothes, where the shoes, behave the way that person would. so you would have to enter or project and no where they park their hair, what kind of soap they would wear, what food they don't like. whether or not it appears in the book, you try to imagine all of those things. and that works for me. i can suspend, i don't judge my characters that way whether or not i'm going to have lunch with them not a something quite different.
you have to love them for the moment of their portrayal. whether they are men, women, old, young, children, what have you. stay what are they sprung from your pen fully formed? are they developed as you write? two as you sit down in the book comes out you arty know the story you're going to tell? >> and thinking of questions a story iss supposed to answer. or i am provoked as i was by mary garner what must that feel like? or in paradise to hear about those people who walked all that distance to get to free black towns and were turned away by black people who would also been slaves like them. and they were not welcome there. i thought my god what that must feel like. so i know what the story is about. i sort of know the journey. now i have to find out who is going to work that out for me? garner did not want to know too much about her, what she
look like et cetera. i wanted to invent her. and that was just a few strokes to start. then i put them together. they are never fully realized immediately. they always take currying and coddling and stroking, personal introductions and anything i can do to get them to speak and trust me. >> and along with toni morrison in 2001, norman also appeared toni morrison was on in februar february. james mcpherson studs terkel jaques bar zone, shall be foot, richard for kaiser david halberstam's and david mccullough all appeared in 2001. now just one note. when it came to david burke kaiser we started the show. but the war in afghanistan started that day, bid cut it short. we brought him back for a later date. he is one of the few that ever
pealed on the program twice. mark in kansas city, missouri. which of those three questions that she went to answer? favorite author, what he, or favorite in-depth guest? >> my favorite authors mary roach. i have got most of her books. stomach did you watch her when she was on in-depth? >> yes, yes. i've also replayed it on your websites a couple of times. because she's very entertaining. i like the way of lot of her books just have the one-word title. but i have even e-mailed her geez e-mail me back. she was a very good guest. very good author. >> gap, thank you for calling in for a less talked david and louisville, kentucky. david good afternoon. >> good afternoon. thank you for in-depth. i want to answer the question about what in my reading. >> alright.
i am reading a book called twilight of the gods by ian w toll. it talks about the conclusion of the american effort against the japanese in world war ii. we recently had the 75th anniversary of the j day. i find it to be an excellent book. >> and we have covered him on book tv. did you see him when he appeared? >> yes i have. i was anxiously awaiting the third volume of his trilogy. >>'s world war ii that attracts you? >> yes. specifically the pacific theater. >> why? >> caller: because of the notoriety of the pearl harbor attack. he surprised that it garnered. and just the story, how it was a difficult task. the japanese had all of the advantages early on.
and it took quite an effort for us to become victorious. select thanks for calling and david in louisville, kentucky. sometimes we take in-depth on the road. in september of 2016 that we went to hillsdale college comments right before the presidential election at that point. dennis prager was on the program. and in front of an audience of students. here's part of his presentation. >> is there any way we can combat this socialism is utopia that the left is promoting and people of my generation? because you and i know there systematically disestablishing the american we love. >> thank you such nice thing to hear fromic a millennial. but that is exactly what is happening. that is factual pride that is not opinion. they are undoing what the founders meant to do.
there's one simple answer aside from all of the other arguments i gave. socialism bankrupts countries. this country will be bankrupt and the bill will fall on you. and frankly i have no pity for you. because your generation votes democrat. so thefore since i'm a, big believer in consequences, that is what children should learn. i have zero pity for millennial's who vote democrat. for when the tab for the debt that they believe in by voting democrat comes to their generation. i will perhaps be gone or i will have my fine retirement account. so it has no effect on me. but it willo bankrupt, just like greece, just like portugal, just like italy, just like spain, just like veneela. and we will too. and we will be a borderless country. because the left once borderless countries, just
like whe the schengen rules of theuropean union. they do not believe in boarders because the do not believ in national identity. there be a country called united states between canada and mexic but it not be any different from canada or mexico. that is the left's i dream. and so this will all happen to you per you will read about the once great country that existed. but that you helped dismantle because you, thank to the indoctrination you got in high school and in college voted for. that is my message t millennial's. a non- pity message. >> that was dennis prager in september of 2016 on in-depth. by the way, all of these programs are available to watch in their entirety. let's talk to carol in prince george, virginia. carol good afternoon, which of those three questions you want to answer? >> the what i went to answers about my favorite interview on in-depth. it was the year that in-depth
did the year of friction. it was david ignatius paradigm a super fan of his. and i thought it was just such an engaging, really involved interview. and i just appreciated it so much. >> you still read him in the "washington post"? >> i do. every time i get a little lonely egg on the archives and watch the interview on in-depth again. i have read and think all but one of his books. and i follow him wherever i can. i think he is such an amazing, careful, precise author. whether it is fiction or reporting. >> host: is the topic of national security that interests you? >> yes. i'm interested in intelligence in the work of the cia.
i don't have any professional background in it. i am a retired lawyer. i've always been fascinated by it. i think he does a job of dispassionately but respectfully relating what the work of the cia and other intelligence agencies are in terms of protecting us nationally. >> and shaping our foreign policy. >> thank you for calling in. we will look at some of those fiction authors that we did. i believe it was in 2008 team did a full year of fiction authors. we will look at some of those as we go. nephew can't get through on the phone went to texan your message court social media at your message, text number 202748, 8903. please include your first name and your city. just a number t-uppercase-letter was or
handle for facebook, twitter, an instagram. shelby foote was one of the authors that appeared in 2001. in fact we visited his home in memphis. >> on the desk there you also use that pen we used before. >> that is the kind that used to be in post offices. finding points is an absolute nightmare, finding blotters. i don't worry about that. i was lucky i found a whole bunch of points at eight dusty old shop that was on the 44th street. and i bought b myself a lifetime supply. >> what kind of paper due right on?ig >> that is a big problem. i write on typewriter paper. doesn't hold inc. the way it used too. i have a bignod problem with
paper. >> what is this i have in my hand? >> that is the manuscript ofit shiloh. at the end of each day i do the final corrective draft and put it on the stack. and then type it up for the printer. >> is this the original or copy? >> that is a final days copy. each day i do what i've done that day in the day by making that final copy. >> you've got up on the shelf there how many other of your original? >> these were done last season, shiloh, counties not up yet. that's my sixth novel. it had to have valuable those are? >> no. >> when you going to do with them? >> we've been for my son. >> one of the things you have there the back of your desk? >> these are favorites of mine.
as myself was an old confederate scout, that was when i was about 11 years old with all of my friends. robert e lee, u.s. grant, >> i thought kevin was one of your favorites? absolutely. who wasvo he? he was an irish immigrants. he became a lawyer. and i was interested in the military because he done a hitch in the british army as a corporal. he was a marvelous gentleman. he was killed in franklin and the laster of the war. >> we get a really good close-up on that board so folks can see from not such a distance. check off you mentioned him earlier. >> he was a born years into
this century. chekhov had a tremendous influence on the writing of the short story. all short story writers influence for the good. >> he had a talent that you could not explain it. we used to try to figure out how he does these things. we could never figure how he did it so good. and shelby foote passed away four years after that interview in 2005. text in dubuque iowa, i'm currently reading cass the origins of our discontent by isabel wilkerson. i highly recommend it she write writes. isabel wilkerson has now appeared on our q&a program on sunday nights.
and on book tv as well. all available @booktv. just type her name in the search function at the top of the page. hugh from ashland virginia good afternoon hugh welcome to book tv. >> would afternoon, thank you so much for taking my call. i was prompted to call in by the earlier call from the woman who's looking at the government agencies like the cia. i have had quite a bizarre life. i would love to share my name if i can because i am a vietnam era veteran changing the world for my dining room table a self-proclaimed heartbeat of america. it also a whistleblower with the front page wall street journal article that can be seen on the internet that i was written up and it triggered an investigation that eventually led to the resignation of jim reitz, speaker of the house. i also it's an interaction
with a high level cia operative who authored about the kgb the eyes of russia. harry brezinski and had some very interesting synchronicity 's that i discovered with him and a lot of other things. i even share common background with the president will support any president office to unite the people of the country properly. but i'm not going on the ego trip that the president is on. i will still reach out to unite the people of this country properly. the secret government agencies have to be more transparent and empower the people with the freedoms that we have. >> host: boasted name of the book he wanted to recommend? >> is titled the kgb the eyes of russia authored by harry brezinski. >> host: alright thank you sir. john and hutchinson, kansas good afternoon. >> yes.
i've got a question maybe you or somebody can answer. on tv i watch it in the newspapers everywhere they talk about russia interfering in our elections. china interfering with our elections. and this goes on and on and on. but nobody says a word. they all say foreign governments should not interfere with our election anyway, shape, form. i go to channel eight which is which is our local. so what went to interrupt you here paper talk about books editor 23 at aversive in-depth. anything along the book world you want to comment on? >> no. no i listened to television and read the newspaper praise vic right thank you sir appreciate your call. rhett and new york, good afternoon. what he reading? who's your favorite author? and do you have a favorite in depth program of the past 20 years? >> i have been reading this book, cannot murmur the author's name.
it's due eight beats truman. it's a really good book part is at the new one, the a.j. bain? would that be the author? >> yes that's the one. >> he's got a new and out on dooey defeats truman. >> yes it's pretty interesting book. truman did not have a good second term after he won i gues guess. this question about the favorite author have to be nonfiction? >> if you've got a favorite fiction author you want to ring up, go ahead. >> abby thomas berger. he's not real well known but he wrote one novel is written about 18 or 20 novels he died cummings 89 he died in 2014 i think it was. anyway, he's only known really for one book. as little big man. it is written, some people stays not so well-known because he worked in different genres, it's all fiction. but he had detective novels,
contemporary stuff. and also he wrote a takeoff on king arthur while. these known for his grasp of the english language. nobody writes like the guy. >> host: where you get your books, brent? why break, online, bookstore? >> online and at the library. but thomas berger he is somebody -- his stuff is, proves fixture estrangement than truth. there is nobody like the guy who writes like the guy. i got on a site with time this if you like this author you will like him. so i saw thomas berger entered his name, tom dileo came up as i think his name. and so i got a book by tom i'm sure i'm not pronouncing the name right.
he wrote a couple other books. >> is at a specific genre? is in intelligence, national security? suspense? >> i don't even know. i started to read it and it is unreadable. the point is nobody writes like this guy like thomas berger. alright thanks for calling in. in 2000 to our guests included cornell west, tom clancy, peggy noonan robert caro, italics herod howard sims edwin morris, george will and bob woodward. in our first guest of 2003 was phyllis schlafly. here is a portion of her talk. >> will you remember kennedy was assassinated inat late november of 63. i was at that time the president of the illinois federation of republicann women.
i had a whole series of republican speeches scheduled beginning in december. and it just seemed inappropriate to give the standard anti- democratic party speech. that i worked up a new speech called how political conventions are stolen, starting the first week in december of 1963. and then i gave that speech all january and february. and it told the story of how the rockefeller establishment had outmaneuvered the conservatives and given the domination to people like thomas stuart. and by march i realize i could put it in a book and influence the convention. so it was a whirlwind year. hire wrote it on my rural standard typewriter at night at home. and then of course i self published it. you go to a publisher's going to take them two years to get their act together. emily needed it and 64.
that is the little publisher i set up to produce this book. and so sent it off to the printer in march. and 25000 copies arrived at my garage on april the 30th. and i typed out a one page letter that said dear friends, please read this book today. and then buy enough copies to send to your delegates to the 1964 republican national convention. and i typed it on my typewriter type to stencil in those days pretty had a mimeograph machine in the basement. i went down the basement, puten the stencil on the round thing and ground out 100 letters part i sent 100 letters out. it's only advertising i ever did. and one of those letters was read by a friend in california called up and said i read it,
i'm going to a convention this week and as united republicans of california. airfreight me out 5000 copies. so i loaded themm up in my station wagon, took them down to the airport, set them out there. that we can bid statewide distribution inid california. in thehe california primary was the first week in june. we sold over half a million copies between the first of may and the first of june in california. >> host: where the title compan company? >> guest: barry goldwater use the title the minute i heard it i knew that was it. >> gus is calling in from chicago good afternoon gus what are you reading? who is your favorite author? your favorite in-depth program of the past 20 years? >> it's good to be on the program longtime viewer first-time color. currently am technically reading two books. i'm reading an illustrated guide to the mueller report
from idw publishing, shannon wheeler and steve are the authors. and illustrators but i'm reading also a fiction novel at a snails pace called raptor from gary jennings it's basically the life and times of an orphan during the sort of early viking barbarian it's fiction pretty good. my favorite author regarding nonfiction is maxim blumenthal. i met him personally, nice a gentleman. his books have sort of a narrative that similar to fiction or if you read anything sensational. that kind of case it's not boring priest probably one of the best authors regarding criticism of government insiders and the middle east. i highly recommend it to anybody : : :
>> and long story short that was before trump got elected and they figured i would do everything in my power i worked on the kennedy campaign and the current tax assessor for the county and the member of moms demand action and i'm also part of other chapters and when i'm not doing that i walking my dog 50 miles a day and i 100 pounds later.
>> thank you for your time. and 2021 of the fiction authors appeared and this is tom clancy. >> how often does an author come outith his first book and have a bestseller? >> i know. the only person it has happen to. i'll bthe first person to tell you i got extremely lucky. if you want to hear the whole story how it happened? the book came out octob 1984. and november that year at the times that post was a retired marine colonel who has sce deceased and he wanted a copy of the book but he was too cheap to buy one so he was
with these public affairs people who really does know everybody so the long flight from miami to a series. she was on the flight so she comes home and bs a whole case of books to give to her iends for christmas and then reading two or three books a week when he was preside and he like e book and was talking about it at the white house. reported with time magazine ard the talkk a shazam i made the bestseller lt. and as because the president reagan. >> that was tom clancyho passed away i believe 2013 and
aristocratic political with the old world sicism and tells us the truth about unpleasa things without stoicism in the humor and it's a nice way to get information. >> nework city you are on tv. >> good morning. the book that is very wl written and churchill by andrew roberts and my favorite nonfiction book the wisemen by evan thomas and walter isaacson both of these gentlemen have written the inrstate books the wisemen a
talk all the time with people because of those six subjects of the book. >> how do you know walter isaacson? professionally or personally? >> personally should my sister is an author and what about queen elizabeth. evan thomas has been here even sally. >> writing several books on the english monarchy and other topics and is well known to the booktv community dience. thank you for calling in.
the prosecutor in the 1969 manson murder case in his very famous crime book was helter-skelter. he appeared on our program in 2007 a here is a little bit. >> who done it? lee harvey oswald. absolutely. >> you list at the end of the book the conspiracy all the groups that could possibly be involved and then to conspire to kill president kennedy. >> with these conspiracy theoristvery administration tries to cover up. you cannot believe this it was one contious lie. he had the correct date.
the correct victimhe correct city. other than that it wasne continuous lie. and then tightly to the opposition. even kgb ncaa bitter enemies by cap together. so let me summarize for you like i did for a time magazine on oswald's guiland to summarize why there is no conspiracy if you ask me of thkgb and i answer you and someone doesn't say what about castro? what about the right wing? i will try to summarize. i learned as a procutor, you don't have to be but common a sense so chances are there a
not any evidence pointing toward your ilt because you arennocent. but because of the nature and the unaccountability now and then an extremely unusual situation.oi and then to ask me who done it. everything points toward lee harvey oswald guilt 53 separate pieces of evidence pointing towards his guilt and under the circumstances it would not be humanly possible for oswald to be innocent not in the world in which we live.
only in a fantasy world can you have 53 pieces of evidence. >> that was vince from 2007 he passed away 2015 and in 2004 a list of guest. victor davis hanson. neil ferguson simon winchester and on september 5th we went to the bookstore and did a profile and then the late tom wolfe in december about 30 percent of those authors we just showed you are still active in writing. my favorite author was david mccullough he waits and approaches his subjects we
appreciate that. and 2007 newt gingrich was a prolific author written several books and it is a little different. >> there is a continuum the start with a soundbite with the dvd and a continuum in the fascinating periods of dramatic change we can have an enormous dialogue just to give you an example how i see this. >>or some of you whole process of an avatar would be a new one. >> let me just say this is
but actually i'm not the first to do so. and in the court of public opinion with study groups and workgroups and in those environments. >> i was 15 years ago and early version of the avatar you can see how far technology has come in the last 13 years. sarah mississippi. >>caller: high. i am calling from vicksburg. i look forward to watching c-span every weekend especially the first sunday of the month to see who the latest author would be. i will tell you. right now.
>> hit the mute on your tv before we go any further. >> i'm sorry. my favorite book of nonfiction is coming-of-age in mississippi. i think she wrote the mmr in 1968. the only book i have read twice in the book of fiction. i know you had told me on several times but i don't recall you having and moody on do you recall? >> no her book came out in 1968?
we started 1998. so perhaps she had passed by that point war was not active. >>caller: i think maybe she passed two years ago but i thought maybe you just had her on one of your shows. >> that does not ring a bell. we have limited over the years and has stayed with nonfiction that would have been a very appropriate but given the title. >> it is required reading and mississippi virginia one - - here in the schools i love book books. host: what is on your book table right now? >> i have a lot of books but i just finished reading
claudia's book just us i am also reading her other book citizen. wandering in strange lands of the great migration i have seen her on your program. >> claudia rankin has been on recently. >> she was on last week or the week before. >> did you put them up because of tv? >> it was a bookseller years ago but i have the review of books and when i see new authors on your program and it seems interesting i believe and patronizing independent bookstores and i usually order
my books from square books in oxford mississippi. >> yes i have been there. that's it for now. host: a lot of history and vicksburg mississippi do you read any about the civil war? >> i'm trying to think of the author's name. he did do a book on vicksburg the gentle man who wrote mississippi and africana. host: there is another guy he also wrote forrest gump he did a book on vicksburg i apologize i am blanking on his name but he just passed away recently. >> i recall that.
host: thank you for your time this afternoon we appreciate it and thank you for watching. host: hi janet go ahead. >>caller: hello. host: hit the volume on your tv turn it off. >>caller: i turned it down. yes. host: who are you reading and who do you enjoy watching? what i'm presently reading is not what i'm calling about i'm presently reading another book but she does not address in this book but the subject are really reading about is the ghetto and i wanted to mention my favorite book. i'm african-american.
i lived in the ghetto until i was able to escape it. you have to escape the ghetto. it was like a bible to me. and in persistence of the ghetto but and then i will forget the statements from the clinton when black people moved into the predominantly white communities and when that happened we must have somewhere then they can go. after that happens the powers that be will make a community
a ghetto. but the other two books i wanted to mention, the second in 2009 was professor at princeton university she wrote a book called family properties the idea that the ideas of the plaques the hsa would not give them mortgages , we had to buy houses on contract. the contract was held by a realtor or the owner of the house the deal was that you could never have the contract and you lost the house and then they would sell it to another black under the same circumstances. the third book is one written in 2016 called ghetto.
i am in the interested in the subject of the ghetto as a pillar of race in america a pillar of race the ghetto is where blacks belong with that idea and they can only get out if we somehow managed to escape with those opportunities we might be able to access. those are the books. host: what is your comparison. >> in the warmth of other sons she talked a lot about the ghetto and in cast, i just started reading it shows and
talk about the ghetto so much in this book but the word is not even in the index. the great migration they left the sharecropping farms to go south and it came north even though initially plaques did not live in the ghetto but they did in the forties. >> where did your parents begin their life? where were you raised? >> i was in chester pennsylvania moved to the projects which are no longer there but the ghetto is where i lived until i was 16 years
old my mother and father came to north carolina they had a fourth and eighth grade education. and even to this day that pillar of race persist. host: janet we appreciate your time this afternoon brian in michigan. >>caller: good morning. good afternoon. i was reading woodward's book i have not been through but the thing about bob woodward we know the history but the last decade with those
so-called sources in a really don't have sources so wondering how we allow this to happen continually? host: have you read any of bob 's other books? >> i have seen him around for decades and of course we all know the history going back by getting back to this, how do we keep allowing this to go on? just like this anonymous he was not a high-level source and then to profit from them. getting back to journalism instead of calling them a journalist sure they understand the theory?
host: what made you pick up this book? and then to take a look at it. but i worked in naval intelligence and when i see things that is so brilliantly going on i feel like i am back in europe with propaganda offered into america that's what we're dealing with now and why we are fighting all the time with each other because we are not making these writers without having sources they can verify it is
hurting your country. host: we leave it there in 2500 year charles murray , kaplan and friedman h w brands. doris kearns goodwin john updike was our guest. and roach who is humorous in her writing appeared on the program here is a portion of that. >> i didn't really care if somebody had done in space or
in zero gravity so i thought there is all this commercial stuff and i called them and they said nasa is a contractor we stand to lose a lot of money so no. he said no. of course he will say no. i am guessing maybe the zero gravity core after hours or one of the early flights working out the kinks. host: research on the topic included. yes sylvia. and fundantally this ilogy called the uranus experiment but there was a scene shotce in zero gravity on a simulator the ple that does the
parabolion flights so conceivably you card and so i called the producer he was in spain. we had conversation about this. he said we did will send you a link to the movie you can check it out he went on and on. i have a timeshare on a corporate jet and we got t pilot r. >> you got a pilot to do zero gravity? he has shifted check the plane thoroughly afterward and he had a lot of detail. then i downloaded the uranus experiment i fast-forward on the only person who fast forwards through the born. [laughter] through the pornography but if you ow anything about zero gravity you can tell thi is
fake her ponytl normally would be floating like ts but it is hanging down and other parts of her anatomy there should nothing be hanging down in zero z gravity. and there was they were trying to look like they were. but then ty flipped it sideways to make look like they were floating. >> tt was mary roach and from pm harbor florida go ahead. >>caller. >> my favori author story and i have read all of his
bookss people's history the beginnings of demracy from the student nonviolent codinating committee in the phd thesis governor laguardia and new york and the recent bo guest jillepore i think it ia fantastic broken right now i don't know if he has been on it is and demagogues i have read a number of his books is about senator to joe mccarthy a ftastic book. host: it just cameut in the last month o two i believe we have covered it or he will be
on shortly. also interviewed on pbs. >> go to bktv.org there is a search function. >> i do that all the time. >> thank you for watching and thank you f calling curtis vancouver washington. >>caller: i want to remind yothe name you are overlooking was wston crow forest, bother with the history of the world behind the scene things. host: i had a chance to meet him at the southern festival of books in nashville a delightful person. >> i enjoyed your clipof tom
clcy have you ever h victor davis hanson? >> yes. host: what is it about docto hansen? >> his insight and classical edation are one of the books had and what the impact was longerm with thosett battles were socrates managed to survive for the battle of okinawa were with the battle of shiloh with a had to backtrackma by writing the book then her. >> and he is still very active columnist.
>> in fact he s on the afterwords program a couple months ago. it is in support of president trump i don't know that alters your opinion. >> yes. and a couple books to recommeni am currently reading a biography called a third face whichas some nice insight into his original career as a copy boy and then ono hisareer as a cumentary filmmaker and tn another book to recommend is the trilogy about the war in the pacific. host: you are the second
caller to recomnd that. >> and james hardin fisher and rick atkinson with the europeanar were really good aac asimov is still my favorite and for bks to recommend i got some books fr reading murder mysteries and the y he kept his place in the book if used a special bookmark i looked that up to readnd is about the english language of lincoln barnett and african genesis about the development of humanity from pre- civilization by robert
audrey who retired from writing scripts f movies. host: you seem to end a lot of time with books do you have a lot of free time or is it yourobby? >> is just what i enjoy doing nderful book is dedicated to a library i had to tear it out so now theare all boxed up in the garage probably a dozen books. host: that is a t of book. >> i was have a f on hand like twilight of the gods i also wantedo recommend the trilogy about us grt starting with captain sam grant who passed away after writing the book and pass the all oto his bioapher who
everybody with the civil war knows him. it was one great anecdote when he came back from vancouver and had a time at t post he was not happy but came back to galena illinois and one day ca into the store i the middle of a rainstorm and a pot belly stove who was a lawyer and said you look like ll he said i feel like it. with it like he says same as here lawyers closest to c the fir fire. host: are you lawyer by profession? >>caller: aerospe engineer who transitioned with the pee dividend into education now i am semiretired s wit a lot of time to read books. host: we appreciate your time
on booktv sex city iowa one - saks city iowa in los altos and the irregulars and the british spy circle has appeared on the tv several times and you can wch it online glenda from texas. >>caller:al hello. calling attention to the book grant by ron sure now one --dashure now a lot of people today don't le books but i find his books just hard to put down once yourt start.
they are so well done and so well-documented. i really appreciate that in the current climate. people playing so fast and loose with information. the other that i really enjoy and would recommend to anybody as richard were kaiser and his most recent book is excellent for people to read right now. goes back to a time. when we are under attack and follows the real origins of the founders and their beliefs. it's not a long book but it is so worth your time. host: thank you for calling in from texas and mr. brooke kaiser has appeared several times in fact one year ago we did an interview with the
historian richard were kaiser and his wife jean are on - - jeannie was a psychotherapist and she had written a book basically how to long with your friends and neighbors politically if you don't agree on politics we interviewed them in their apartment in new york you can watch that online on the tvv. in 2021 of the many appearances on the tv on - - tv this gentleman appeared on in-depth. >>. >> john coltrane they seem to be here and hear how do they intersect? >> john coltrane brings together this actuality and genuine indicting one - - the
doubting and the spirituality of genuine giving and serving the profound love and compassion with the loving kindness and the christian tradition brought together and taking it to such a high level in terms of a musical genius but we simply do not have a poet in prose of such profound compassion wrestling with death and disappointment and misery and the constant heartbreak of daily life to convince us this is not our business t.s. eliot says in this book how do you keep keeping on? that is why i keep keeping on this is late at night and
still i am losing but still im study and then accusing pushing no matter what with a level of compassion and love that you just don't find you have to go to toni morrison to get that fusion of temper. >> when did you find him? >> at first when i. was 17. host: 18 years later joining us now as doctor cornell west. doctor west listening to that is there anything you would like to add? >> congratulate you you have been a force for good for years c-span has been in the middle of a bleak time.
you've been so kind to me and other voices asou well but i am just blessed to be breathing eight every breath is a breakthrough almost 20 years later i'm still tied to corane and the revolutionary christian ne to jesus. host: cornell west how many books are you upup to? >>call: i don't even count may be 20 or 21. somethinlike that. and as you know it's not the quantity but the quality of the words onan the page you pay can help somebody to heal hearts and the best way that we can and the actions that we do f with those fite lives
that we live. host: are you rking on a bookve now giving different lectures on catastrophe of publicic intellectuals for those whose parents died in the bubonic plague making his way through the monasteries with her brother and sister of common life the first public p intellectual tied to the printing press this alloes back to toni morrison. and with the kaiser's and it al culminates with toni morrison and ends with coltra as well. the making of that to work on
these lectures that wille the next big book but at theet moment we have to get through e election if there is any democracy left. i been reading theook american empir from the university of cambridge and with military overreach and then the feeling among everay people with that power required to turn this around and all of them were going under we lost assetto the best of our past and able to mobilize spiritual and moral as well as political and
that's where we are now in now it has always been insufficient that is indispensae to labor under the framework a certain lens that comes from writers and musicians shelley is right that poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. the un- apprehended inspiration and the shadows o the future cast that's right before he dies. and appropriating dante but he
understood we have be connected with our past through ou ideas and notions and stories and visions and narratives. with the poor worki class alll genders all sexual orientations that begs with the genius of hebrew scripture ta to it 18 years ago. and then to persecute those rendered invisible. and the deal with israel and with jews including israel and including jews. what arewe youoing? what you doing to those who are dominated is the spam that has been created and none of us ever ssess that kind of
truth and you know when i know you're talking about. and for your own formation or community and with that unbelievable compassion. or a deeply concerned to bring together the people who are at each other's throats trying to create some kind of peace but now my son looks back and wonders about being alive. >> three years ago you were on in-depth again. >> brother robbie absolutely.
maybe not a book and with the's attentions to be put out we had a magnificent time on your show trying to hold up to the best of our ability with the generosity to others with racial identity gender identity has to be rooted and integrity and solidarity so those standards must always be highlighted you end up with massive spiritual decay and.
>> and just to tell our robert george is a professor at princeton and an author and set one - - and tends to fall on the conservative side of the political spectrum? >> and absolutely. and we have the veryun deep kinship and to revel in each other's humanities even with the political disagreements. and now with deep love andt' ne justicee am something more
profound than justice you can love somebody and also have very to - - deep political disagreements but if that is just a narrow self-righteousness and then you are unable and before their own families and thanksgiving dinner with and some goals and moms s and dads. that doesn't mean we don't have political foes. of covert wonders of course we n do. and then i don't want to lose sight of their humanity.
if he did not consent to the gangster activity and change his life as long as the image of god is a choice we have to be different you don't ever want to lose sight of that i baptistthis at the church to say that you can still try to stay in contact with thener. humanity. for the kingdomgd of god but what kind of heaven behind are we with relation and concerns
with poor people with those indigenous people that they are concerned ethiopia somalia nigeria that has got to be global of the prophetic legacy of jerusalem every flag for jews should be under the god of justice and that shall pursue. not just for the grouper for thee ego but all of those who suffer. these are some of the great moral truths of the species. we end up lose the plan and american democracy and then to
gain the whole world and lose it soul. >> doctor west it was a pleasure to see you virtually we look forward to seeing you in person thank you for your time today and take care. >> congratulations brother stay strong. host: the text message from pittsburgh favorite guest was colsonr whitehead. and he was one of our guest. and in 2006 taylor branch
fukuyama, shelby, steele, tammy bruce. here is a portion of one of our guest. >>. >> you're also interested in photography. >> that has been a much more long-standing hobby i started as a kid.or i gave it up 15 or 20 years and then the digital age hit i've been doing it for ten. i travel a lot. i take a camera wherever i go.
and then if i had a ritual and then to have a very clear record of what that look like and then to take pictures of all my friends i know some pretty interesting people but unfortunately i've been too busy to do that. >> is this where you do your portraitit work? >> yes. but i can setf it up with all of my lights to do portraits. >> what kind of camera? >> it is an odyssey 67 a beautifull format that has a six by seven negative. it produces the most high resolution beautiful picture i can scan into then computer i
have taken this all the way toa australia. and it produces beautiful pictures. >> how long have you been using this? >> have had it for years. and i have a collection of nikons i'm afraid the digital resolution are making these cameras obsolete because of the resolution now on a pro digital slr is getting up to this level i wl be sad because the film they make firm for the camera is just beautiful at the moment all of that will and. host.
>>so and slide that in an photoshop from there but it makes it so much easier these days you feel bad all the skills peopl develop like ansellns adams one that was printed repeatedly and took him 25 years to get the print he felt happy th and unfortunately all that effort and craftsmanship what you lose when you move to compers and digital. host: one of his best known books is the end of history and the st man still in the virginia area and still
writingt. that was a visit we took to his house. we traveled to the authors homes we will show you a couple more those as we go. tucson thank you for holng you are on booktv. >>caller. >> my favorite book is the autobiraphy of malcolm x and read that when i was nine or ten years old. for listening to c-span just the wonderful authors across the board of a vy diverse background my career i education assistant principal 22 years and it moves me when
you are lking to the lady from delaware go to play college football tha so i ended up in tucso she was talki about the ghetto i am also reading a book by richard rothstein and talking about a have the pleasure with cornell west in the early nineties working for a school distrt the african-american studies department and was selected ask him a question. i wareading his book at the time democracy matters. one of my favorite books and ctor west w trying to get me inspired to go to princeton to finish my doctorate and i'm reading a book beginning again
but then one of my favorite historia was professor meham and one of my favorites so i have a cross-section of things one thing i like about cornell westst is how it is a form of entertainment. and you just have to read between the lines so all the pele i admire everyone you have on that are good reade and one thing about c-span i'm so glad youave this program because it gives the chance to broaden our horizons intellectually. michelle sullivan i read her book the finding latina so i
am reading her book when my favorite people was tyson i have hisooks i enjoy that reading. host: what you see is what you get with cornell west he has always been consistent. but i will tell you, going down to tucson for the wonderful book festival missed going down there this year have you been there in e past? >> yes. i picked ua couple ofooks.
host: we been there the pt ten years and this year it didn't hpen but we look forward to going back down march is a nice time to be in tucson after a lonwinter. >> it is. host: thank you for ur time we appreciate itac. mentioning a couple of historians and is still working today fro 2001 and best-selling author and pulitzer prize winner david mccullou. >> we a deo of yourome and writing shed. >> it is the headquarters it's not a shed. [laughter] and the ville in the center of martha's vinard i was 19th century part of it was 20th century where we have gardens and at least reach bordering on a neighboring farm since
the island was first settled that's where work right there 12 by feet i love it with aundred books and my faithful typewriter i've worked with since 1965 eve book i have ever written there's nothing wrong with that. the beautifully made americanew machine. 750,000 milesnd runs perfectl perfectly. >> have you read one - - read every word? >> yes. we lived there for a better part of the year dng research at the library of the university of virgini but all of it was written here in that room.
i work all day every day. i'm not writing all day. i am waitingr correcting what i wrote the day before or going over the notes. no phone no music a nice view but i have my blacks were not tempted. is far enough from the house there you see geral washington because there is a guy the end that i identify with. o he slowly catching up. and my example. there he is. there's the one.
host: published by simon & schuster president and ceo is on your screen now i jonathan what has davids mccullough meant? >> he is the franchise. first ofll happy anniversary. hearing his voice he just fillme with such admiration if he is watching we revere you we love you and we will forever. he has been with us for over 50 years and he is one of the great writers work today. just not a wasted word a careful writer and the way he can find the inspiration in american history is
distinctive there's nobody quite like david. host: is he writing a new book now? >> i sure hope so you have to ask is editor. host: have you been to the sh? >> i have not actually he is hard treach on the cell phone because as he said he doesn't answer the phone.e inh host: 20 yrs we have been on the air doris kearns odwin, david baroness all simon & schuster authorshat have appeared on the program. how has the world of publishing changed and you only have two minutes to answer tt question. >> first of all a wide are still around and writing bestsellers. and then to have a tremendous impact on his presidential
campaign but the short answer there are more books being sold online jt like the news cycle has accelerated and i think the nonfiction culture it has taken attention away s those are the b points. host: when you plan the most recent book rage and you talk about the timing what went into that decision to release earlye september? >> we thought that is when the attention would be the most focused on how the trump administration has behaved and conducted itself but a lot of thatat depends on his own timing
and schedule. we weren't really sure it could be earlier or later and the reporting really determined his schedule. we hoped it would be septemberrm but when bob is done we move. host: what is the effect of the pandemic on the publishing industry specifically simon & schuster? >>st and for several months we actually did it publish that many books and then to publish more going into july and then ultimately book saleste were up book sales were up6% industrywide than people had
time to read so through all the hardship and the suffering for readers it has been all right. host: well known in the publishing industry figures have passed recently. >> it has been a tragic year for people in the book publishing industry they are not the only ones just the other day it seems a lot of major people who passed away this year a lot of major people who passed away this year working a simon & schuster for decades analysis one of the greatest editors of our time and with bob words editor and she was working
right up to her final days and call me week before she died and wanted to sign up to more books and work as her life. and she made an immense contribution to publishing. host: was there a manuscript left behind? >> she was a deeply p private person we did publish the book about her we asked authors to contribute a memory and we publish that i think it's available free to the public and it is a wonderful book of memories and was reviewed favorably by the "washington post". host: what books are coming out this christmas eve we should be alerted to?
>> since you ask one that is outt right now the luckiest man by mark seltzer and his years working with john mccain. i was in tears by the end of this book a story you couldn't get any other way marked by senator mccain chief of staff for many years and worked on the presidential campaign with the chief speechwriter co-authoring several books so you see mccain from the most intimate perspective that any politician or politicalle leader even if you don't agree with the politics this was an honorable man and a man who cares deeply about the country and is a story regardless of your political ideology that
is one. other books we have for the holidays jimmy carter his very best is a terrific account for president carter's life that took six years to write we have about that just came out on joe biden winning the national book award the new yorker staff writer and has been covering biden for many years and we hope this will be the book everybody turns to to understand joe bide biden. host: a couple of years ago booktv went into the headquarters in new york city a simon & schuster and did a tourur thank you for spending a
of mine and they said they couldn't keep these books without the assistance of librarians i want to take too much of your time but to answer your question with a number of your authors i listen to with intensity and i enjoy the replay of william f buckley that was a phenomenal interview and how can you beat thatha writing the fractured republic and the great debate and you cannot forgetug thomas paine and also want to mention doctor ross it is a well
educated man and those thoughts he wanted to convey to us. and that burkett is fascinating and i thank you would enjoy having you measure guest. those college campuses to observe the behavior and what's going on on college campuses today with the alliance college back in the seventies and that changed changing the view it is very fascinating and the writer. host: what do you do in massachusetts? >>caller: through college
getting a degree in sociology and the commonwealth of massachusetts also my family has a small business my lectured at a college campus andi at the house of collection and been involved in c community service that's why some information gives me great background when i talk to other people i hope your listeners will get something out ofet this did you find any central theme that i would also like to say a number of your authors is the decline of your morality and it goes back to the fractured republic that
>>caller: i would like to mention the greatest nonfiction book ever written and the peloponnesian war it is also the greatest nonfiction the most important fiction book i have ever read was 1984 and you can just see what is going on today is the most important book i have ever read and with paul johnson on who is influential and finally thomas soul. he is just fantastic he has written for the book. >> he did join us i remember that interview i appreciate you calling in.
2009 temple grandin appeared somebody with autism who works with livestock a big best-selling author and here is just a portion of what temple grandin had to say. >> what do you mean when you say you think in pictures? >> on my thoughts come up as pictures it's like google for images. and then i see the cover of my book most people can visualize a car or something i can see in the tv studio the control room i will give you a noun and how it srches the database. > c-span my hotel rm, the tv on watching c-span. the tv will not turn on so now
i see the remote control pushing the buttons that's how i got to c-span tv remote control i had to call the desk to get the remote control to work down the hotel file. >> corral. >> i'm starting to see the facilities i have designed they start coming up like slides so i see ranch facilities start to see things i have designed and those at the meat plant i will attend so ask something that'not my business. >> book. host: you're not being very creative i can see those in the room. [laughter] the only way that i can explain to you how i think is
i have to show you and gets off the subject the same way the search goes on the internet. and then gradually get off the subject. >> how many people in the us think like that quick. >> there are people that are visual thinkers some are good graphic design and when we designed the piece of equipment with the virtual reality computer system and interview people and i was shocked to find out they didn't think the way we do they call it the pacific slide put them in the church people
file. i have general images just specific ones. host: i was temple grandin 2009 on the tv i just finished reading. and with a facebook college alumni group very well written and i recommend it. the next call from huntsville alabama good afternoon. >>caller: my favorite author i don't know if you have heard of them. host: what has he written? >> mine is the first and the last and has been written
about with the huxley statement the reader would sign a clear contemporary statement of the fundamental human problem together with and invitation to solve in the only way in which it can be solved by and for himself. looking at the fundamental problems is greed and fear and security k are i s h and a.m. you are t i.
host: next color please go ahead. >>caller: i am from ames iowawa not long ago as a result of watching c-span i think it was cute and they called on - - q&a the clandestine relationships of the kkk and it was the illuminating book of 1998 so i am not so sure but it is a very interesting book. that there are two kinds of men and those who are ignorant and do stupid things and there
was a very illuminating book and i enjoyed it and it was amazing how a black man could become very close friends with the members of the ku klux klan to the point they not only trust each other by became very close friends at which point at the end of the book he realizes his best friend of the kkk has a daughter and once gerald davis him to be his godfather. host: macon georgia go ahead. >>caller: to answer your question david mccullough was one of the first to you there.
i am in my sixties i remember the tv show called you are there and what it was like and then to get home after the war and what kind of care you would get into introduce me to that line of thought and to tailor the waiting list. and with the deliberation trilogy. and victor david hanson the first one to make that interesting. and i first heard that on a pay play on 2000 and tv i wouldn't call myself a groupie
but that they should flip over to c-span every now and then i have all of your mp3. host: i will say that you are a groupie. [laughter] >>caller: i will say you made me feel better about this year's election. basically from the contenders or the president and first ladies and the landmark cases i consider myself a study in history but basically there was always some big issue for every year, every election, al smith in the twenties, every year there's always some big deal and if you only listen to
the propaganda out there today on other channels that i am thinking this is a big election with trump andnd biden, whoever wins or loses we will be okay and i have c-span2 thank for w that. host: thank you for calling in. from the publishers several authors have appeared like and coulter david horowitz, newt gingrich, they arell conservative and this gentleman in o first year. >> 49 years old? >> and that i had calculated
withe the founding it was coincidental. >> the picturen the back do remember that quick. >> no. >> where it is in the book? with lif at yale with speal attention given with the impulses having to do with government or that enthusiasm and also in respective religion of what those encouraged that it was touched. and for that skeicism and i
publishing ied picked up a copyf "god and man at yale" by william f. buckley. >> guest: good for you. >> host: what is he meant to the company? >> guest: buckley? a lot. that book regnery started the company in 1947 and we heard in that interview clip that book wasbl published in 1951. "god and man at yale" and another important book in the conservative intellectual provision that -- the conservative mind by russell kirk. roughly the same time early in the company. those two books would regnery on the map and really established
the tradition that we try to carry on to this day. let's go who are some of the authors that have been published this year? what kind of authors do you publish a regnery? >> guest: it's quite a variety. we have, we usually have big-name conservative figures. dineshnt d'souza ann coulter and those kinds of people. dinesh d'souza having been a classmate of mine at dartmouth college. we have politicians so our currentr best-selling book is called one vote away by senator ted cruz about the supreme court. that came out of the same time as another book on the supreme court from o regnery called extreme disorder by ilio shapiro.
he represents another type of author the conservative intellectual and we have lots of those. we have another book by another act -- academic called the parasitic mind. he is a youtube and podcast celebrity and we have books by writers and one that just came out a couple of weeks ago about the pandemic and this spark of the governor response the pandemic. economists statistician and a biologist. we cover the spectrum. >> host: thomas spends from
your perspective at regnery he is it better to have a republican administration or democratic at administration when it comes to book sales? >> guest: well that's a good question. the joke at regnery he has always been what's good for america is good for regnery. the clinton years were very good for regnery he. when the conservatives in the white house the people in our market are a little less conscious so being in the opposition has been good for regnery e.. the trump years, everything about donald trump breaks the mold. we have done pretty well in the trump years just because he stirs the pot and there are plenty of people to read about
and talk about but in general, and general the opposition years are good for our business. >> host: subs -- thomas spence is the new ceo and publisher at regnery he. thanks for spending a few d -- us on "intes with depth." we have about 50 minutes on the program. thomas from encinitas tell us more. >> caller: i'm a big fan of tv. might be my favorite program in it like to answer my favorite nonfiction author and my favorite of tv guest. for some and nonfictionuthor thanks to the caller a few minutes ago i am also a fan and i wanted to mention another important author who is still living but i don't think he has
beenn booktv yet and i would bet to see him, ken wilbur. >> ho: what did he write about? >> caller: he writes about the spectrum o consciousness, consciousness development, integrated paradms developmental paradigms and he's been called america's greatest living philosopher. he'seen talked about by the likes of dole clinton esparza's importance. so ken wilbur. host i thank you sir for calling in. a couple of viewers have brought upup tom wolf, he was on the program and here's a portion of it. >> if i decide to do the white suit and the hats for purposes of what happens with publicity? guess could happen by accident but i realized i was unto good thing. i had just come, i got a job in
new york as a reporter and two previous at the "washington post." i finally got this job in june of 1962. the summer iss coming on and i had to wear a jacket and a tie. reporters always look like they are waiting the soup kitchen line. i had only two jackets to my name so i went into the store and i bought a white suit which in richmond virginia where i grew up was not an odd thing. it was made of some heavy material like tweet and i couldn't wear it in the summer so i started wearing it about this time of year. it's conventionally cut slight and annoyed people to no end. why i enjoyed that i don't know but it made getting dressed in the morning a lot more fun than iye had been and finally i wrota
book, a collection for some magazine pieces i had done. i discovered i'm not used to being interviewed. i always interviewed somebody else and i was speechless when people were asking me these questions my opinion. all the articles would say what an adjusting man. it took the place of the personnel of her many years. >> host: how many do you have? >> guest: i used to have a lot of them. i have about 22 now. i can get by with that. >> host: how long can you wear them without having them cleaned? >> guest: about six hours. the go on a trip many people think you have one. you have to have three and i have three suits to come here all made of the same material. you can't really tell the
difference but it simply has not hurt to have a trademark. >> host: mr. wolf passed away in 2018. in 2008 here are the guest on "in depth" nell irvin painter and michael eric dyson alice walker george weigel ralph peters john wilson and jonathan karp talking about the election that year steven pinker and kevin phillips. it was in may that booktv went to alice walker's home in berkeley hills into the program d from there. >> about half marley, i have never met bob marley while he was alive and i feel so that i have met his spirit.
every year since i discovered him he has meant a great deal to me. i think hehi has given us, you know artists give energy. that's part of what we do and it's free. it's not like it's a commercial thing ever. it may become commercial at some point but part of what we do is we just give this energy and when you are from a part of the culture that is suppressed, it's a big gift because it means that people can keep going. i feel that bob has kept millions of us going and you see him dancing when he's singing. he's a shaman so he does a dance when he is singing but he's singing about that. he of his giving. and i think millions of people around the world have connected with that, all people and that
is why he is so beloved and he's completely free and giving the transmission of deep caring about each other and the planet. >> host: that was alice walker at her house in the berkeley hills. deborah from george please go ahead and make your comment. >> caller: hi peter. thank you so much for taking my call. this is difficult question on who is my favorite guest on "in depth." john mcwhorter and nicholas basbanes. any bibliophile should love him and then finally win cheney irc member because i got to talk to her and i will never forget it. the program and i got all her books so was lovely. >> host: she has a new one out. >> caller: i know. i'm going to get it. i just love her. it was so unique with her husband interviewing her for that thought that was really
neat but i love you all so much and is just the greatest thing in the world, booktv. >> host: we appreciate you're watching. let's hear from eric from washington. what is the name of your town? >> caller: my favorite authors of the christopher hitchens and -- and of course he is no longer with us and anything victor david sampson does. the guy is pretty much a genius as far as that goes. anyway i really love your show and keep it up. tell everybody you don't have to read all the books. you can watch your show every day. >> host: along with what the gentleman just said my favored "in depth" author christopher hitchens although ironically i've not read of any of his books. a favoritens writer currently
other than christopher hedges and he is finishing his book i now, america comes the farewell tour. the next call is gordon from laramie wyoming. hi. >> caller: thanks for your service with c-span and thanks fore c-span. as jon meacham, sebastian junger in james webb have any of them been on "in depth," do you know? 's. >> host: once again i think sebastian possibly has been on sebastian junger has been on and who else did you mention? >> caller: jon meacham and james webb. plus could jon meacham not yet, somebody we have been trying for the sebastian we did one with him a couple of years ago from our new york studio owns a bar of their so we went up to new york and visited with him there.
>> caller: what is the name of the bar? >> host: oh golly. that was a couple of years ago. >> caller: what a great writer and james webb's tales of fire the authoritative literature on vietnam. >> host: i don't think he has been on and i apologize that i'm not as familiar with that. >> caller: that's her right. you have a lot on your plate bare peat. >> host: we had jon meacham during the national book festival. >> caller: a great sense of humor. the gal that, she said it's really you and she went to grab a book and brought it back to him to sign and it was a john grisham novel. >> host: [laughter] by the way we have interviewed
john grisham a couple of times here in booktv which was always entertaining to say the least. >> caller: we like our local author cj fox on his pickets series. anyway thanks. >> host: thanks for calling in. dr. ben carson press secretary is the author of several books and he appeared on this program in 2013. >> guest: i was an extraordinarily selfish young person as an adolescent and i was a person who thought i have a lot of rights for the more rights you think you have the more likely someone is to infringe upon your rights. people are always infringing on my right tonight go after people with baseball bats and i would get in fights and once they've been tried to stab another youngster with a knife. the scene as well depicted in
the movie gift at hand which cuba gooding jr. plays myft par. after that incident i locked myself in the bathroom and i started contemplating my life and a i realized trying to kill somebody over nothing, and i was seriously deranged. i. and i picked up a bible in the bathroom and it had all these verses in it about i said wow thatal sounds like me but also have a lot of verses about anger. there's no point getting angry at a man and get in trouble. you'll just get dragged back into it. in verse after verse chapter after chapter they seem seemed like they were written for me and whilete i remained there for three hours i came to an understanding that it was not a of strength to punch
somebody or to kick them. it was a sign of weakness. it meant that you could be controlled by other people and by the environment. i wanted control but i came to understand that it was my selfishness because somebody was in myspace and taking my things and someone was doing something to me. it was always about me and my end i predict you can step outside the center of the circle and let it be about somebody else maybe that would change things but i starteded trying tt that day. i've never had another angry out or since that time. >> host: secretary ben carson hud secretary. 2009 bill gertz frank claims and edna green medford, robert hague christopher buckley bill ayers don furley juan williams jonathan kozol hugh hewitt temple grandin and joy they come rare guest that year.
several callers have brought up mr. hitchens and it was in 2007 that christopher hitchens was on. guess who was someone like say billy graham one can see all this symptoms of the self-conscious broad. at least he's a good businessman. there was that canadian billy graham who north of the border had that crusade and embodied -- who wrote a memoir when he realized what he was talking about was complete nonsense. he went to billy graham and said here's what happened to me and can you really go on saying this stuff? he said we are in business and that is the case with
surprisingly large amountsxp of it. i know a lot of people who it means everything are very great deal and you don't try to profit from it. i did. dues it to a racket that racketeering is an important part of religion. scientology for example is nothing more than a successful con job but the virtual life can't the entirely reduced to that in here's the problem. do people really believe that? they don't know any more than you do whether there is a resurrection at they say believe they are believing in something that they have to know probably didn't take place.
they are asking us to believe their propensity of faith in other words to take something without evidence. if somebody wants me to believe that then i will but i feel -- and probably doing themselves and injustice. >> host: do you think early graham is an evil man? >> guest: yes. i said that choosing one of a number of possible answers it's an unfaili sign of the sick and disordered person. they are some kind of prejudice. i don't particularly like people from new york but anyway i don't think that convicts me of anything. would be a better person if i liked many more people from there. the horrible conspiratorial intellectual mean-spirited eventually lethal piec of bigotry.
if you read this stuff of graha on tape and you can get itt the library now on the question a revelation which wasn't much of a revelatn to me about what a bigot president nixon was. to find these outmatched by billy graham. he does that impress it. and then they are pershing -- preaching brotherhood and it's enough to make you sick. >> host: mr. hitchens passed away four years after that interview in 2011. in 2010 our guest michelle malkin come paul johnson, tara reade, john deigns pat buchanan mark must bomb ralph nader gordon wood miguel cockapoode jn of goldberg and solomon rushdie were all on.
paul johnson was one of our guests a british historian. here's a look at his appearance. >> we are looking at an age where material is advances are really very comforting and very considerable a and we must be grateful for that. of course where your e-mail correspondent is nearer the truth is over the moral condition of the world are there hasn't been much improvement there could we have expanded enormously in a material sense butor our morality seems to be o better than ever in the past and i am afraid that is strewn if we go back through history and look at the time of george washington or go further back and look at the time of queen elizabeth or into the middle ages in the crusades or to the age of julius caesar we have to admit that
public morals on the whole have not substantially improved. there are still a large number of dreadful things that occur. anyone who has lived through the middle decades of the 20th century as i did must take a certain pessimistic view about the ability about the world to improve its moral standards. nevertheless i am not without hope that this can be done. i still take the view that on the whole the world is a good place and it's getting to be a better place but we must all do -- work our hardest to improve the moral campus because that is what is required. >> host: leslie and south padre land, texas. favorite author and favorite "in
depth"h" guest and who are you reading? cocco did you ever have all over sacks on? >> host: i don't believe so. guess who he is british but he was made famous by the movie the awakening and a number of other things and as for what i'm reading right now, it's a good question. i read news breakers -- newspapers and magazines and in what's left of newspapers but i so enjoy your program and i feel books are so overlooked nowadays. it's rare to see someone reading a book. i've love to see when people are waiting to vote some of them have a book in hand but i feel like the country as a loss especially young people bite not being exposed to the great literature and all the other things. anywayun that's my comment. ndit is love of tv. as to what lucas on your table right now? >> guest: let me see here. actually i've got a table full
of stuff but i've got something that i -- i'm sitting in a vacation condo on south padre island and sometimes their books lying around. a man named,so i guess he's the author of the bourne identity and is called last snow. >> host: are you there on vacation or are you there because of the pandemic? >> guest: my parents retired and 80s. mamy dad was from south texas. i'm from kansas city they came back and forth for years. mom and dad are gone and we still have the house. it's being worked on some lucky enough to stem the beach for oil. i still have my sister here and i'm her legal guardian now. it's a beautiful place and it's the best beachre in texas and nt as crowded as anyone would imagine. they have left the beach they have social distancing as far as you can have an umbrella up with only two people, 15 feet apart.
i don't't mean to go on a non-bt it's kind of the last stop my dad used to call it. if you look on a map you are almost in mexico the tip of texas basically. we have a gorgeous day today. thank you so much. i learned so much and i feel like i'm part of the community watching booktv. you just don't find people that read folks anymore. they read the internet and that's all but anyway thanks again. >> host: thank youd maam. booktv is active on social media's well on their facebook page ourci twitter page an instagram page. just remember @look tv is the best handle for that critic can also go on line @booktv.org. everything we we have been talking about today all the "in depth" programs listed there at the tab at the top of the page that says "in depth" you can click on one off those tabs and
you can watch any of the programs we are talking about. in 2018 booktv made -- over the years we have had a few fiction authors on but in 2018 we made a concerted effort to have only fiction authors brizard pritzer two types of fiction authors who wrote about issues and that type of thing and here was the list that we have on. david ignatius, colson whitehead walter mosley brad thor cory doctorow geraldine brooks jody p. colt brad meltzer of the 12 we had on an jody p. colt was a best-selling author and here she is from her "in depth" program and 2018. >> i do love the concept of the novel as a way to educate about social justice because i think for example when i wrote this book i sat down and i read
countless institute studies about reproductive rights in the orson and things like that but most people don't sit down and do that on a daily basis that they might pick up a novel preview or think you are picking up some books to be entertained. you think you are picking up a book that will whisk you away or a few hours but if i've done my job right at the end of the book you end up thinking hard about a topic you might not hav approached and in that way i think fiction is so wonderfully sneaky because it really gets people's minds toit wide open. >> host: calliope in pennsylvania hi. >> caller: hi how are you? i wanted to just say my favorite nonfiction author was christopher hitchens far and away and i also love sebastian junger and michelle malkin.
host of that's quite a range of people you have chosen. what wasn't, was there a connecting fiber to those for? >> caller: just the different topics they covered. you can't get them from anybody else especially christopher hitchens. i don't know anyone else that compares to him. >> host: what do you do in wallingford pa? >> guest: i'm on disability now but i was in radio. >> host: thanks for calling in. we appreciate it. eleanor and south carolina. good afternoon. >> caller: hi, how are you? >> host: you have called. what would you like to say? .. ure it's before
you wait into the fiction only year years, but robert caro has been on c-span i think many different over the years has certainly been my favorite you probably have, he is just a wonderful >> because he know it's tough to support the we're all on tender hooks wting for him to complete the final installment of the lbj biography. host: may be over one year ago that conan o'brien was a big fan of robert caro and got him out to california to interview him and we cover that on the tv as well. that was an interesting our. >> i think a lot of us that
are not as high a celebrity one - - celebrity levels as conan o'brien. host: a lot of us are also waiting for him to finishh that. >> i know brian low is to ask him. >> iis have a hint maybe we should e-mail him directly and find out with physicians when it finishes. >> and with history and politics that futurist and inventor. >> essentially man and the machine inside our bodies and
brains to do two things to keep us healthier and i sounds very futuristic when we are doing the througone - - the first generation of that already and then to see the bld cell size device. and then to destroy the cells. t and then to take this magnification expansion and quarter-century of the capabilities of computers and communication what we can alreaddo hundred and 25 years will they will bvery sophisticated and also
interacting directly with biological neurons. and expanding human intelligenc intelligence. >> how small are nano bots. >> that is the key feature of the most member of an ohmmeter thatoesn't mean it is is a the features are a modest number and then the little part of the meter whi is a blood cell. anthen to be sophisticated and then to destroy your. and at deficiency of the white blood cells in a very
very slow but biology is sluggish with my white blood cell an hour and a half to detect this bacteria. and then nano robots can see that in seconds with autoimmune disorders and then to combat the specific thogen and then to put dside the body andd now today like the parkinson's patients but the models are shrinking technology and the devices are 100,000 times smaller and a billion timeslr more capable than they are already.
and those intellectuals when there was a clip and i do wonder why you stopped going to visit authors and their workspaces. i thought maybe i got too expensive. but i enjoyed that feature when you were doing thattt: i tk you. host: you are one of the many people who have chastised that decision that we cut back a little bit on those. it was time-consuming. it's probably something to reconsider i appreciate that. j from washington dc. >>caller: i am a big booktv
jonathan friedland of the guaran the baltimore sun, why are those. chose few >> i chose them specifically because th ran a tapeal recorder when i talked and then play it back before typing what i said and i omise that is shockingly rare. >> we have to reduce the catal gains rate and then somehow in all his work. >> it is insane the misquotes. but then vitin figure so
originally it was the ones and the way n agree with my politics and they quoted me accurately. i don't care what they say about me just quote m accurately three of them did buthen after that it's a spial request thing to say want to be on thatwa list that is the sourc of them to have. host: who is your favorite author and program? >> i watching this program since it firs started my books are all political i pay full price the ones that is
like i buy the books at the library so ian support the library. host: your favorite c authors? >>caller: i like political ones and i do have to say one political plant and am the other we been happily married 57ears so he pays the regularrice and then we hav extra copies. >> we appreciate you calling in. speaking a diffent potted - - politics i love you but i hate yourk, pitics good
ternoon. thank you for my education and happy 20th anniversary i was going through a divorce and a buyout of my husband on martha's vineyarand i got an attorney from cape cod and i did not understand what was going on with the moy market. unl that colossal failure of commonense by lawrence mcdonald. anwith the collapse of lehm brothers i was fascinating to me. host: may cover that quick. >> it was so informative i
wish there was me than i did it just come across a great book i found out about it on yourelevision show on c-span the can't pay won't a of the coalition where the change will b of the parts to leverage bad loans and the changing of how mortgaging lending school loans and the landrds taking aantage of the collapse and to buy property. host: that's pretty recent book?
>> yes it is free online i stayed up pretty much all night for six hours. host: 2006 the historian from duke university john hope franklin in his nineties at the time he was here but this is where we went to visit him. >> we are in the backyard and he has a greenhouse back here can you tell us what you do back here? >> the bank released almost 50 years teaching one summer 1959 and ia came back when i was living in brooklyn i came back
the orchid is the important. host: he died about three years after that interview. in 2012 chris hedges was on the program with mark stein richard burr kaiser the national review and a historian kenneth davis and former senator the late tom coburn and our january guess whether a best-selling political books and expose rick atkinson who by the way is working on aic trilogy on the
early days of the us and ben shapiro the late john lewis and kitty kelly and for two more years and in 2009 we have talked about his father but christopher buckley was on the t program mostly satirical fiction here is a little bit of his program. >> i got the idea thank you for smoking making supper as the lehrer news hour and then with the latest evidence he
had at least two phd's after his name at the bottom of the screen to balance it out they had on someone from the tobacco industry with the tobacco industry lobby and brennan dawson and every time from the national institute from not smoking and seven words of polymerase inhibitor receptor and would say please. and then to make it sound that
was the most * phony in the world i thought that has to be an interesting job. you brush your teeth and say goodbye and then go and sell for a living. bleak. little and there is something i am very dying to ask you i feel awkward. she said i know what is a nice girl like me doing in a place like this? i said yes. exactly. i'm just paying the mortgage., [laughter]
host: christopher buckley 2009 from mary jo in dearborn michigan and with a year of wonders in the next nonfiction book and buy a is a ball dickerson and robert caro is writing the multi- volume set onre lyndon johnson here he is talking about one of those. >> and then it takes for me to find out exactly what differences and our life by people in the south. >> you know you love it? >> it takes time to figure
that out. >> we on a book tour now we spend two months in france and then we will start. >> i know you mentioned in the past vietnam. >> yes you remember everything. that's what i want to do becausee i try to write about political power but you don't write about that for the enough if you write not only that the man who uses it but the effect on the people on for those it is used but for lyndon johnson to his great civil rights act of his presidency and voting rights act transformed that political power of by people in america. you have sewers now and the sidewalks are paved how do you feel about the sheriff now?
and now to think of more than your father did your children's have would be better however the other side that one of the things i intendhot to do it is what it means with a modern industrialized nation certainly not upn a nation want to go to vietnam to see how that works those that were bombed by b-52s. not only are they invisible you cannot hear them so nobody even knew they were being bombed until it actually hit. host: 2014 the degrasse tyson
was with us in 2017 and here is a portion. >> several impasses ago asking those that were not politicians what solutions do they have? so the president what will you do what solutions do you have? >> if i was president will not be president. [laughter] >> it's on my website if ite were president it might take you to "the new york times" they cut out paragraph before
response to the question is there and it comes down to the expectation if you find for office somehow you can change everything. i am not convinced that. literally the opposite of what a lobbyist is going straight for that politician to influence a politician in ways that serve the interest of the lobbyist and who they represent. for me, any elected official represents people who put them into office. as an educator what matters is the state of enlightenment of is doing the voting. because of people for example all recognize and value how
that works, they were never even heard of dreaming for someone who doesn't know that because that person would not represent the interest. i would rather educate the electorate to put people in office and to make scientifically informed decisions about everything they do rather than just install myself into office for people who don't have this knowledge or insight. 80 percent of congress for election every two years? you can convince one congressman or another but then you have to start all over againai to educate the electorate, we are good to go to the bahamas and they elect the country into the future rather than back into the cave. host: we ran out of time we have ever video to showm you.
my mother at gunpoint in order to accomplish what i'm asking the government to accomplish? and then what about paving i-95 i think that can be done with a danger to m mom. bless her heart she is not with us but probably my mom a gunpoint, yes i might. i can maybe hold that will make tm pay for the things but not for paving-95 academic po box