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Coming Up on Book TV

"Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State"
Megan Ming Francis

Next air time: Thursday, December 25th at 3:45pm (ET)

"Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State"
"Houses of Civil War America"
Hugh Howard

Next air time: Thursday, December 25th at 11pm (ET)

"An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America"
Nick Bunker

Next air time: Saturday, December 27th at 8am (ET)

"An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America"
Book TV at UCLA: Lane Hirabayashi, "A Principled Stand: The Story of Hirabayashi v. United States"
Lane Hirabayashi

Next air time: Monday, December 29th at 1am (ET)

Book TV at UCLA: Lane Hirabayashi, "A Principled Stand: The Story of Hirabayashi v. United States"
2014 Southern Festival of Books: Clifton Taulbert, "The Invitation"
Clifton Taulbert

Next air time: Monday, December 29th at 2am (ET)

Archived Programs

Programs shown in this archive cover the past year. To search for programs in earlier years, please use the search functionality above.

"Houses of Civil War America"
Hugh Howard

Last aired: December 21, 2014

"An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America"
Nick Bunker

Last aired: December 15, 2014

"An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America"
"The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War"
Joseph Hoeffel

Last aired: December 6, 2014

"The Iraq Lie: How the White House Sold the War"
"Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State"
Megan Ming Francis

Last aired: November 29, 2014

"Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State"
"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States"
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Last aired: November 16, 2014

"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States"
2014 Southern Festival of Books: Panel on Southern History
Marcie Cohen Ferris; Blain Roberts

Last aired: November 10, 2014

2014 Southern Festival of Books: Panel on Southern History
"The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan"
Rick Perlstein

Last aired: November 1, 2014

"The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan"
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"
"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"
"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

Book TV Schedule

Highlights

"The Secret History of Wonder Woman"
Jill Lepore

Next air time: Thursday, December 25th, at 12:30pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 9 min.
2014 Miami Book Fair: Viewer Call-in with Kris Paronto and Mark Geist, "13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi"
Mark Geist; Kris Paronto

Next air time: Thursday, December 25th, at 3pm (ET)
Approx. 38 min.
"The Seven Deadly Virtues: 18 Conservative Writers on Why the Virtuous Life is Funny as Hell"
Jonathan Last

Next air time: Thursday, December 25th, at 4:45pm (ET)
Approx. 53 min.
2014 Miami Book Fair: Pamela Paul, "By the Book: Writers on Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review"
Pamela Paul

Next air time: Thursday, December 25th, at 7pm (ET)
Approx. 52 min.
"Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year"
Tavis Smiley

Next air time: Friday, December 26th, at 12am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 17 min.

Also Airing...

Thursday, December 25th

8am (ET)
Approx. 54 min.
"How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World"
Steven Johnson
9am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 2 min.
"The Collapse: The Accidental Opening of the Berlin Wall"
Mary Elise Sarotte
11:15am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 12 min.
"Forgotten Fifteenth: The Daring Airmen Who Crippled Hitler's War Machine"
Barrett Tillman
12:30pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 9 min.
"The Secret History of Wonder Woman"
Jill Lepore
1:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 11 min.
"Culture Worrier: Selected Columns 1984–2014"
Clarence Page
3:45pm (ET)
Approx. 56 min.
"Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State"
Megan Ming Francis
5:45pm (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 14 min.
"The Perfect Kill: 21 Laws for Assassins"
Robert Baer
11pm (ET)
Approx. 59 min.
"Houses of Civil War America"
Hugh Howard

Friday, December 26th

1:30am (ET)
Approx. 40 min.
"The Reagan Enigma: 1964-1980"
Thomas Reed
2:15am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 15 min.
"The Real Custer: From Boy General to Tragic Hero"
James Robbins
4am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 26 min.
"When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys"
Thomas Maier
5:30am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 10 min.
"The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus"
Richard Preston
6:45am (ET)
Approx. 1 hr. 5 min.
"Timeless: Love, Morgenthau, and Me"
Lucinda Franks

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, Joan Biskupic, Michael Korda and AEI President Arthur Brooks were our 2014 guests.

Jan 4, 2015  Tavis Smiley www.tavistalks.com  @tavissmiley
Feb 1, 2015  Walter Isaacson  www.aspeninstitute.org @walterisaacson

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:

12/9/14:   NYC, New America Foundation: Janine Wedel, Unaccountable; Zephyr Teachout, Corruption in America; Lawrence Lessig,    Republic, Lost

12/10/14  NYC, Macaulay Honors College, Jenny Nordberg, The Underground Girls of Kabul & Suki Kim, Without You, There Is No Us

12/11/14   Philadelphia, Gershman YMCA, Matthew Chistopher, Abandoned America

12/15/14   Philadelphia, National Constitution Center, Bill of Rights Day Book Festival

 

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Book TV covers many book festivals each year, many of them LIVE.  In 2014, our festival coverage includes 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.