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"Liar,Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War"
Karen Abbott

Next air time: Saturday, October 25th at 9am (ET)

"Liar,Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War"

Archived Programs

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2014 Southern Festival of Books: Earl Swift, "Auto Biography"
Earl Swift

Last aired: October 18, 2014

2014 Southern Festival of Books: Earl Swift, "Auto Biography"
2014 Southern Festival of Books: Panel on Southern History
Marcie Cohen Ferris; Blain Roberts

Last aired: October 18, 2014

2014 Southern Festival of Books: Panel on Southern History
"Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Kept Its Feet"
John Bemelmans Marciano

Last aired: October 12, 2014

"Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Kept Its Feet"
"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States"
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Last aired: October 11, 2014

"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States"
"Bloody Spring: Forty Days That Sealed the Confederacy's Fate"
Joseph Wheelan

Last aired: September 28, 2014

"Bloody Spring: Forty Days That Sealed the Confederacy's Fate"
"Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor, May 26 - June 5, 1864"
Daniel Davis; Phillip Greenwalt

Last aired: September 28, 2014

"Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor, May 26 - June 5, 1864"
"Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger"
Stephen Grant

Last aired: September 22, 2014

"Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger"
"Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic"
Matthew Stewart

Last aired: September 21, 2014

"Nature's God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic"
"Unabomber: How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski"
Jim Freeman; Donald Max Noel; Terry Turchie

Last aired: September 20, 2014

"Unabomber: How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski"
"What We Won: America's Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979–89"
Bruce Riedel

Last aired: September 14, 2014

"What We Won: America's Secret War in Afghanistan, 1979–89"
"West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776"
Claudio Saunt

Last aired: August 25, 2014

"West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776"
"American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why"
Mark Stein

Last aired: August 2, 2014

"American Panic: A History of Who Scares Us and Why"
"The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975"
Danny Glover

Last aired: July 20, 2014

"The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975"
"Extremism in America"
George Michael

Last aired: June 16, 2014

"Extremism in America"
"Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons"
Sylviane Diouf

Last aired: May 25, 2014

"Slavery's Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons"
"The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI"
Betty Medsger

Last aired: March 9, 2014

"The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI"
Tour of "The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects"
Richard Kurin

Last aired: February 9, 2014

Tour of "The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects"
"America's First Crisis: The War of 1812"
Robert Watson

Last aired: February 9, 2014

"America's First Crisis: The War of 1812"
"The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football"
John Miller

Last aired: February 2, 2014

"The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football"
"The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West"
Andrew Graybill

Last aired: January 27, 2014

"The Red and the White: A Family Saga of the American West"
"The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr."
Andrew Schlesinger; Stephen Schlesinger

Last aired: January 21, 2014

"The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr."
"The Drug Wars in America, 1940-1973"
Kathleen Frydl

Last aired: January 4, 2014

"The Drug Wars in America, 1940-1973"
"The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817"
Myron Magnet

Last aired: January 1, 2014

"The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735-1817"
"Five Days in November"
Clint Hill; Lisa McCubbin

Last aired: December 31, 2013

Panel on the scholarship of historian and author David Reynolds
David Reynolds

Last aired: December 22, 2013

Panel on the scholarship of historian and author David Reynolds
"Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance"
Carla Kaplan

Last aired: December 21, 2013

"Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance"
"The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers"
Brian Dolinar (ed.)

Last aired: December 21, 2013

"The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers"
15th Anniversary of BookTV from 2011: "Unfamiliar Fishes"
Sarah Vowell

Last aired: December 1, 2013

15th Anniversary of BookTV from 2011: "Unfamiliar Fishes"
"One Summer: America, 1927"
Bill Bryson

Last aired: November 29, 2013

"One Summer: America, 1927"
Books on American Espionage & Intelligence
Mutiple Authors

Last aired: November 10, 2013

Books on American Espionage & Intelligence
Books on Baseball
Mutiple Authors

Last aired: November 3, 2013

Book TV Schedule

Highlights

LIVE 2014 Texas Book Festival: Day One
Multiple Authors

Next air time: Saturday, October 25th, at 11am (ET)
Approx. 7 hr.
LIVE 2014 Texas Book Festival: Day Two
Multiple Authors

Next air time: Sunday, October 26th, at 12pm (ET)
Approx. 6 hr.
After Words: Linda Tirado, "Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America"
Next air time: Saturday, October 25th, at 10pm (ET)
Approx. 55 min.
"What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women's Movement"
Deborah Rhode

Next air time: Saturday, October 25th, at 7pm (ET)
Approx. 50 min.
"Cosby: His Life and Times"
Mark Whitaker

Next air time: Saturday, October 25th, at 8pm (ET)
Approx. 57 min.
"Don't Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership"
Wesley Clark

Next air time: Saturday, October 25th, at 9pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 5 min.
"You Lie!: The Evasions, Omissions, Fabrications, Frauds, and Outright Falsehoods of Barack Obama"
Jack Cashill

Next air time: Saturday, October 25th, at 11pm (ET)
Approx. 58 min.
"Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David"
Lawrence Wright

Next air time: Sunday, October 26th, at 8:45am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 7 min.
"Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money, and Religion"
Cora Daniels

Next air time: Sunday, October 26th, at 7pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 3 min.
"The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War"
Yochi Dreazen

Next air time: Sunday, October 26th, at 8pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr.
"How Google Works"
Jonathan Rosenberg; Eric Schmidt

Next air time: Sunday, October 26th, at 10pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 14 min.
"The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League"
Jeff Hobbs

Next air time: Sunday, October 26th, at 11:15pm (ET)
Approx. 45 min.

Also Airing...

Saturday, October 25th

10am (ET)
Approx. 54 min.
"World Order"
Henry Kissinger
LIVE 11am (ET)
Approx. 7 hr.
2014 Texas Book Festival: Day One
Multiple Authors
7pm (ET)
Approx. 50 min.
"What Women Want: An Agenda for the Women's Movement"
Deborah Rhode
8pm (ET)
Approx. 57 min.
"Cosby: His Life and Times"
Mark Whitaker

Sunday, October 26th

12am (ET)
Approx. 7 hr.
2014 Texas Book Festival: Day One
Multiple Authors
8:45am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 7 min.
"Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David"
Lawrence Wright
10am (ET)
Approx. 56 min.
"Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution"
Richard Whittle
LIVE 12pm (ET)
Approx. 6 hr.
2014 Texas Book Festival: Day Two
Multiple Authors
7pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 3 min.
"Impolite Conversations: On Race, Politics, Sex, Money, and Religion"
Cora Daniels
10pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 14 min.
"How Google Works"
Jonathan Rosenberg; Eric Schmidt

Monday, October 27th

1am (ET)
Approx. 6 hr.
2014 Texas Book Festival: Day Two
Multiple Authors

Upcoming Programs

IN DEPTH

In Depth is Book TV's monthly interview/call-in program with an author featuring his or her body of work.  It's LIVE on the first Sunday of every month.    Mark Levin, Bonnie Morris, Peniel Joseph, Bing West, Luis Rodriguez, Amity Shlaes, Reza Aslan, Ron Paul, Mary Frances Berry, and Joan Biskupic are this year's past guests so far.

Nov 2  Michael Korda
Dec 7  Arthur Brooks  www.aei.org
Jan 4, 2015  Tavis Smiley www.tavistalks.com  @tavissmiley

You can watch all past In Depths online by using the "Search" function in the upper left hand corner of this website.

EVENT COVERAGE

Here are some events that Book TV will be covering in the coming weeks:

10/21/14    NYC: New York Historical Society, Richard Brookhiser, Founder's Son

10/21/14    Palo Alto, CA: Hoover Institution, Russ Roberts, How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

10/22/14    NYC: The New School, Laura Auricchio, The Marquis

10/25/14    Boston Book Festival

10/26/14    San Francisco: SF Jazz Center, American Book Awards

10/27/14    Boston: JFK Library, Richard Norton Smith, On His Own Terms

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Book TV covers many book festivals each year, many of them LIVE.  In 2014, our festival coverage will include book festivals in Tucson, Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlottesville, New York, Freedom Fest in Vegas, Brooklyn, the Roosevelt Reading Festival in Hyde Park, NY, Harlem Book Festival, the Texas Book Festival and Miami Book Fair International in November.  You can watch those we've already covered online.  Find them using the "Search" button in the upper lefthand corner of this homepage.

For a complete list of upcoming book festivals, click on the BOOK FAIRS tab at the top of the page.